SafeScript, the Australian-first real-time prescription monitoring system rolled out by the Andrews Labor Government, is already saving lives and keeping patients with prescription medication addictions safe from harm.

WIMMERA health groups believe there is a need for greater understanding about alcohol-related harms.

It comes as Deakin University analysis released this week shows a levy based on alcoholic content could help reduce consumption and lead to significant health benefits, particularly in reducing obesity rates.

CAMPERDOWN nurse Beth Royal’s commitment to preventing female-specific cancers in the wider community has earned her this year’s Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award.

Based at the Robinson Street Medical Centre, Mrs Royal received the Western Victoria Primary Health Network award in Geelong last week.

RESIDENTS have less than 10 days to opt out of the automatic creation of an online health summary, set to be rolled out nationally this year.

Geelong region health professionals have indicated their support for the My Health Record system, with figures revealing 94 per cent of local general practices are already registered.

The push for a national real-time prescription monitoring system has gained momentum, with an Australian firm appointed to develop it.

The Department of Health has selected pharmacy IT solutions provider, Fred IT Group, to lead the new national system, which aims to reduce the impact of prescription medicine overdoses.