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coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Media Releases

media enquiries

Please make contact with Lanie Harris, communications and media advisor.

0418 552 377

Addiction stigma is a public health issue

31st August 2020

Community health organisation cohealth is using International Overdose Awareness Day to highlight the damaging impacts of addiction stigma on people who use drugs and alcohol. International Overdose Awareness Day, observed yearly on 31 August, is a global effort to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths.

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Senate inquiry hears that Newstart recipients can’t afford medicine

20th November 2019

Victoria’s leading not-for-profit health provider, cohealth, will today tell the Senate Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart payments that people on Newstart are forced to ration medicine and can’t afford medical appointments. “Working with people experiencing disadvantage we see firsthand the health impacts of living on Newstart, an income that leaves people living below the poverty line,” says Nicole Bartholomeusz, Chief Executive, cohealth.

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The true pain of Newstart: Australians economically blocked from essential healthcare suffer deteriorating health

10th October 2019

Victorian community health organisation cohealth has today warned about the true pain of Newstart. Nicole Bartholomeusz, cohealth Chief Executive, said many Australians who are forced to live below the poverty line on the Newstart Allowance are going without essential healthcare because they can’t afford it “We hear from people in the community whose health is deteriorating because they are unable to afford the cost of essential medications and health treatments.

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cohealth appoints new Chief Executive

12th September 2019

cohealth today announced the appointment of Nicole Bartholomeusz as its new Chief Executive (CE). Ms Bartholomeusz has been Interim CE following Lyn Morgain’s departure to Oxfam Australia and prior to this, held the Deputy CE role since 2014. Over the past five years Nicole has brought her pragmatic and values-based leadership approach to the oversight of the operations of cohealth, as well as to her role as a strategic partner and thought leader to the Chief Executive. Nicole said it was a privilege to be appointed as cohealth’s new CE.

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cohealth appoints Virginia Lewis as first Research Chair

1st July 2019

cohealth is pleased to announce the appointment of La Trobe University Professor Virginia Lewis as the inaugural cohealth Research Chair. Professor Lewis is a health services researcher and evaluator with more than 25 years of experience. Professor Lewis has worked over many years with the Victorian primary and community health sectors and has a particular interest in increasing access to community-based primary health care for vulnerable populations. “I am particularly excited about this opportunity because I have a long-standing interest in and commitment to demonstrating the value and sustaining the role of community health in the health system,” Professor Lewis said.

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Inaugural Media Diversity Australia Award at the Walkley Mid-Year Celebration awarded to ABC's 'You Can't Ask That'

27th June 2019

Inaugural Media Diversity Australia Award at the Walkley Mid-Year Celebration awarded to ABC's 'You Can't Ask That' for tackling uncomfortable issuesThe award honours journalists who are making an outstanding contribution through their reporting or coverage of diverse people or issues in Australia. The winning team includes Aaron Smith, Kirk Docker, Loni Cooper, Pauline Ernesto and Josh Schmidt, and they entered three episodes “You Can’t Ask That – Deaf, African Australians and Intersex”. The newest award at the Walkley Mid-Year Celebration far exceeded all expectations with 72 entries. It’s a response that shows how needed this award is.

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