Primary Healthcare at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct

From 1 February 2024, cohealth will begin delivering primary health and wellbeing services at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct.

cohealth’s mission is to “improve health and wellbeing for all and tackle inequality, in partnership with people and the communities we live in”.

As a purpose-driven and independent organisation, we are committed to providing high-quality, equitable healthcare to all Victorians – including those who are engaged in the youth justice system.

As a key pillar in our Strategic Plan, we prioritise our services to people who are engaged in the justice system, in acknowledgement of the complexities of this population and their barriers to accessing health supports.

We have expertise working in complex environments with people facing a range of vulnerabilities and health complexities and believe we can build positive health experiences and outcomes for young people both within and beyond youth justice settings.

cohealth is committed to providing culturally safe care that is guided by the self-determination and voices of these children and young people and connecting them with ongoing health supports as they transition back into the community to ensure continuity of care and improved long-term health outcomes.

cohealth believes that healthcare providers can build positive health experiences and outcomes for young people both within and beyond youth justice settings. Healthcare providers can position themselves closer to influencing service and policy reforms to directly address and support the health challenges faced by children and young people.

Read more in our Position Statement.

Frequently Asked Questions

cohealth’s diverse team of doctors (general practitioners) and nurses will provide primary health and wellbeing services including Aboriginal health, mental health, allied health, general, and dental services. 

The Parkville Youth Justice Precinct accommodates young people of all genders from 10 years old to 22 years old who have been sentenced or are awaiting court for a criminal offence(s). 

cohealth aims to work alongside the children and young people at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, listen to what they need, and provide high quality, trauma-informed, culturally safe care.  

Our Model of Care outlines an integrated, multi-disciplinary, wraparound service that aims to best meet the health needs of individuals.  

There is also a strong focus on connecting these children and young people with ongoing health supports as they transition back into the community to ensure continuity of care and improved long-term health outcomes. 

Two lived experience workers will support clinical and management/coordination staff on cohealth’s team at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct. These positions include a Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Youth Worker, and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Worker. 

As with all roles at cohealth, lived experience will be a strong focus during recruitment of all positions for our team at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct. 

If you are passionate about improving the health of young people engaged in the youth justice system, we encourage you to look at our careers page for current opportunities on offer with our Parkville team. Or if you are thinking about a future career with us, sign up to stay connected to be informed of any new opportunities.  

About us

cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation. We provide essential health and support services in Melbourne’s CBD, and northern and western suburbs.

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