Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and cohealth announce three-year health and wellbeing partnership

Released on 19th February 2023

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and cohealth are excited to announce a new partnership between two of Victoria’s leading not-for-profit organisations.

cohealth are proud to be the Presenting Partner of the Sons of the West and Daughters of the West health and wellbeing programs, which are delivered across the west of Melbourne and Victoria by the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation.

The three-year partnership will see cohealth play an enhanced role in the programs via a team of health experts, providing resources for participants and strengthening pathways into cohealth’s local community health services.

Together the organisations will work to tackle health inequalities and provide strengthened support to communities where they need it most, including greater access to mental health services.

General Manager of Community and Government Relations at the Western Bulldogs, Kashif Bouns, said the partnership is an exciting outcome for the community of the west.

“Both the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and cohealth have a long and proud history in Melbourne’s west and to have two of the state’s leading not-for-profit organisations join forces is a great result for our community,” he said.

“The mission of cohealth is very well aligned to ours and we will be using our collective expertise to provide increased support to those who need it the most.

“This partnership will not only help us continue to deliver our flagship programs but will also assist in community capacity building that will deliver better health outcomes across the west.

Chief Executive of cohealth, Nicole Bartholomeusz, said the partnership is a way to expand the impact both organisations have in the region.

“We see this as a way to deepen our relationship with Melbourne’s west and allow us to work even more closely with this fabulous community,” she said.

“Sharing our values of diversity and social inclusion, the Western Bulldogs are more than just a footy club, just like we are more than just a health service.

“It feels like a natural progression for a sporting club and a community health service to be working together to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the west.

The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation is the Football Club’s not-for-profit, community arm. The Foundation delivers demonstrated impact in the areas of health and wellbeing, youth leadership, cultural diversity, social inclusion and community advocacy, through targeted community programs and events across the west of Melbourne and Victoria.

cohealth is one of Australia’s leading community health organisations, a not-for-profit service that improves the health and wellbeing of people living across Melbourne’s north and west. Across 30 sites they offer services including GPs, allied health, prevention and health promotion programs, dental, mental health, nursing, alcohol and drug treatment and homelessness services.


For Western Bulldogs Community Foundation media enquiries please contact: Joseph Turmine 0457049552

For cohealth media enquiries please contact: Lanie Harris 0418552377

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