ALCOHOL remains the drug of concern for residents in the Geelong region, followed by cannabis.

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows there is a link ­between problematic alcohol and other drug use, while those experiencing addiction are also likely to become homeless.

Geelong residents are falling to their death 55 per cent more often than the rest of Australia on average, according to latest mortality statistics.

Accidental falls killed 214 people in greater Geelong from 2012 to 2016, almost five times more than a section of Sydney with roughly the same population.

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.