Victoria to introduce real-time prescription monitoring

Victoria will become the first state to follow Tasmania in introducing real-time prescription monitoring, which is expected to be in place by 2018.

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy says almost $30 million will be set aside in Wednesday's state budget to roll out the monitoring software, and provide additional counselling and addiction treatment services.

There will also be funding for extra training for GPs and pharmacists in identifying doctor-shoppers.

The scheme will enable 1900 GP clinics, 1300 pharmacies and 200 hospitals to conduct on-the-spot checks before