A statement from Nicole Bartholomeusz, Chief Executive, cohealth:
“I am distressed to report that this morning at the cohealth community health centre at 365 Hoddle Street Collingwood a testing clinic coworker was hit by a car as they were helping clients queueing for a COVID test.”
“The incident occurred outside the Easey Street entrance.”
“Emergency services attended the scene, and the coworker involved is now in hospital.”
“We are providing support and counselling to staff who were present when the incident occurred. We are also reaching out to clients and neighbours who may be affected to make sure counselling is available to them.”
“We have also made the decision to close the Collingwood COVID testing clinic until Thursday, though all other health services at the Collingwood clinic will remain operating.
“This is an incredibly distressing event, and our thoughts are with the coworker and their family.”
“As a police investigation is now underway, we are unable to comment further, however I can say that this incident has sent shockwaves through the cohealth community.”
“We hope to re-open the Collingwood COVID testing services soon and resume our work as a vital health partner of the community. The cohealth community is strong and resilient, and we are rallying together through this difficult incident.”
— Ends —
More on cohealth:
cohealth is one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit community health organisation that strives to improve health and wellbeing for all. cohealth provides universal access to services as well as targeted programs and assertive models to address the health disparities experienced by disadvantaged groups. cohealth offers a broad range of high quality, integrated health and support services, including medical, oral, pharmacy, mental health and drug and alcohol services.
more information: Lanie Harris 0418 552 377 firstname.lastname@example.org