BALLARAT dementia experts will take the lead in work to up-skill general practitioners and nurses in dementia care across the state’s west.

A projected 35,000 people with be living with dementia in western Victoria by 2050 with about two to three patients in each primary care consultation likely to have dementia, according to Ballarat Health Services’ geriatrician Mark Yates.

EMERGING young Ballarat leaders have a chance to learn how to take an entrepreneurial look at improving their community.

A new headspace workshop aims to give youth a safe space to explore and bring to life their ideas at tackling an issue they feel passionate about.

From Dr Leanne Beagley CEO Western Victoria PHN

Members of the western Victoria community will be hearing a lot about My Health Record in the next three months. Australians are being informed how to register online for a My Health Record or, if they choose, how to opt out of the system.

Individuals can opt out of My Health Record until 15 October 2018.

BETTER health planning with be the theme for upcoming forums at Portland District Health (PDH).

Director of health informatics at PDH Claire Holt will speak about the role the My Health Record system plays in future health planning.

A STOUSH has erupted between the union and state government service providers to the extent of cuts to community mental health services in Ballarat.

Health and Community Services Union claims funding and service cuts will scale down support to those needing mental health support from 462 to 170 clients.