cohealth calls on government to evacuate men on Manus

2nd November 2017

ohealth is deeply concerned about the health & welfare of the refugees and asylum seeker men on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

Given the escalating crisis situation on Manus Island, cohealth supports the calls from the Australian Medical Association (AMA) for assurances that the health and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers will be protected by the Australian government.

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Supervised injecting centre is welcome first step to reduce drug related harm in Victoria

31st October 2017

cohealth, provider of community health and support services in Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs, has welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision to trial a medically supervised injecting centre in Richmond, as a critical first step in reducing drug related harms.

“We have evidence from more than 100 medically supervised injecting centres across the world which shows that not only have thousands of lives been saved, but that engagement with these kinds of services provides an opportunity for people using drugs to access medical help, ongoing support, and referral to counselling and treatment,” said cohealth Chief Executive, Lyn Morgain.

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cohealth awarded Victoria’s top healthcare award – Premier’s Primary Healthcare Service of the Year

27th October 2017

cohealth, not-for-profit provider of community-based health and support services in Melbourne and surrounds, has had its significant contribution to Victorian’s health formally recognised last night at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards, being awarded the Premier’s Primary Healthcare Service of the Year.

cohealth Chief Executive Lyn Morgain received the award on behalf of cohealth’s 900+ staff and 200 volunteers, saying the award is testament to their dedication and commitment to cohealth’s vision creating healthy people and healthy communities.

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cohealth urges medically supervised injecting centre trial

7th September 2017

cohealth is among 43 leading health, community, specialist and AOD organisations and prominent individuals that have signed a statement supporting the trial of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Victoria.

“If we truly believe that all members of our community have a right to a dignified and healthy life, then it makes little sense to punish them for making a mistake,” said cohealth chief executive, Lyn Morgain.

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State budget 2017 sees welcome investment in mental health

3rd May 2017

cohealth Chief Executive, Lyn Morgain, is delighted to see a strong funding commitment to mental health and specifically community mental health. People with complex mental health needs require support from a range of services, and community mental health services enable support to be provided where they live. Community mental health support provides an essential supplement to clinical services provided by hospitals, and cohealth is pleased that the importance of community services has been recognised by the Government.

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Mental health crisis looms for Victoria under NDIS

26th April 2017

Community mental health services in Victoria need a new stream of funding from government to ensure the wellbeing of all consumers, according to cohealth.

“There is a potential crisis looming for people with mental health conditions in Victoria due to the replacement of community mental health services with the NDIS,” said cohealth chief executive, Lyn Morgain.

“The NDIS supports complement a community mental health service, but are not a replacement for the current services. Additionally, not all current clients will receive a package of supports from the NDIS.”

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mixed news in Federal Government’s new funding arrangements for public dental

16th December 2016

cohealth Chief Executive Lyn Morgain today welcomed news that the Commonwealth would continue to fund the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme, whilst also expressing serious concerns that adults living in metropolitan areas and regional centres would be much worse off under the new funding arrangements announced. “Confirmation of continued Commonwealth funding for the Medicare Child [...]

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Health 2040 Plan good news for vulnerable families

30th November 2016

cohealth Chief Executive, Lyn Morgain, today welcomed the Government’s Health 2040 plan, commending its focus on preventing ill-health and delivering equitable health outcomes by putting people at the centre of their care and better integrating health and social supports.

“It is well established through experience and research that a person’s health is directly impacted in both positive and negative ways by their social and economic circumstances. If we are to improve people’s health status, and reduce pressure on our hospitals and other acute services then it makes good sense to integrate the health and social support services available,” said Ms Morgain.

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State-of-the-art health centre opens in Melbourne’s West

29th November 2016

Minister for Health the Hon. Jill Hennessy will today officially open cohealth’s innovative new health centre in Footscray, the heart of Melbourne’s west.

Together with cohealth Board Chair, Kay Rundle and Chief Executive, Lyn Morgain, Minister Hennessy will mark the ten year journey that has culminated in creation of a four floor, purpose built health centre.

The new cohealth health centre, at 78 Paisley Street Footscray, offers a comprehensive range of health and support services that will improve the health and wellbeing of the people in Melbourne’s west.

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