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Condemning harassment of vaccination workers

23rd September 2021

A statement from Nicole Bartholomeusz, Chief Executive, cohealth: “I am distressed to report that there have been several incidents of cohealth health workers in the city being physically and verbally abused while on their way to work, targeted because they were wearing their cohealth identification. Due to the increasingly violent and unpredictable nature of the protests in the city, we have made the difficult decision to close the cohealth Melbourne Town Hall vaccination Centre as well as our Central City homelessness service, and our street based outreach services until Monday.” 

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Pop-up mental health services will give care to those in urgent need

14th September 2021

cohealth has welcomed the Victorian Government’s latest investment to boost mental health and wellbeing support for Victorians through 20 state-wide ‘pop-up’ COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing services. People will be able to access the services via a free 1300 number and website which will connect them with trained mental health workers in their area, who are based at community health services such as cohealth, and community managed mental health services.

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Vaccine hub at Town Hall to protect most vulnerable

1st September 2021

The City of Melbourne and cohealth are establishing a new COVID vaccination centre at the iconic Melbourne Town Hall to reach some of the city’s most vulnerable. The cohealth Melbourne Town Hall Vaccination centre will initially prioritise those facing disadvantage, including rough sleepers, people with English literacy limitations, refugees, and international students. Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the partnership with cohealth is designed to ensure everyone has equal access to the vaccine, with or without a Medicare card.   

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Latest overdose figures show the need to shift focus

31st August 2021

The latest figures on drug overdose deaths are further proof of the need for a greater health-based approach to drug use, rather than law enforcement, says community health service cohealth, which provides drug and alcohol support and treatment for people who use drugs and alcohol in Melbourne’s north and west.  Penington Institute today released its annual Australia’s Overdose Report, which showed that 1,644 Australians died of unintentional overdose in 2019, a small decrease on the previous year’s figures.  Tragically, the state of Victoria saw an increase in unintentional overdoses from 425 people in 2018 to 449 people in 2019. 

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cohealth reports two lives saved per week due to overdose-reversing Naloxone

30th August 2021

With a July report from the Victorian Coroner’s Court revealing that 187 people died of heroin overdose in 2020, cohealth says that is more important than ever to take a harm-reduction approach to drug use in the community. cohealth’s records reveal that 400 cohealth clients over the last three years reported using their training and their allocation of Naloxone to save someone else’s life; the equivalent of two lives per week.  

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Community-lead health response at Flemington shows how far we’ve come

14th August 2021

The State Government’s response to recent COVID outbreaks at the Flemington high rise has demonstrated the value of a community-lead response that puts health and social support needs first, says community health service cohealth. cohealth has praised the high-rise community for working together to keep each other safe, and following the latest health advice as further cases were identified. “The past 12 months have been especially hard for this community. We owe a debt of thanks to every resident at Flemington high-rise for quickly following health advice and looking after each other,” said Nicole Bartholomeusz, Chief Executive, cohealth. 

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cohealth administers 25,000th dose of COVID vaccine

10th August 2021

cohealth will this week administer its 25,000th dose of the COVID vaccine since it began its vaccination program in May. The vaccine is expected to be administered from cohealth’s West Melbourne clinic, one of several vaccination clinics the community health agency is currently operating across the northern and western suburbs including from Laverton and Collingwood cohealth sites and pop-up clinics at public housing high-rise estates, homelessness services and high-risk accommodation sites. 

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Lack of stable housing makes people sick

1st August 2021

To coincide with Homelessness Week 2021, not-for-profit community health service, cohealth, is urging the Federal Government to invest in more social housing as a mechanism to directly improve the health of Australians. “As a community health service that supports people facing disadvantage, we see the first-hand impacts of homelessness and poor housing,” said Nicole Bartholomeusz, Chief Executive, cohealth.

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Drug overdose deaths unnecessary and preventable

30th July 2021

cohealth says a new report released by the Victorian Coroner’s Court revealing more than 4,500 people have died by overdose in the past decade is a tragic reminder that drug stigma is still preventing people from seeking support. 

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Taking vaccine to people experiencing homelessness

22nd July 2021

cohealth has this week kicked-off a program to support vaccination of people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage via pop-up clinics at homelessness services, drop-in centres and crisis accommodation facilities around the inner northern suburbs and CBD.  

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Footy match with heart: People experiencing homelessness and disadvantage become footy heroes in annual Community Cup

6th July 2021

A unique footy program that creates pathways to improved health and wellbeing for people who are experiencing homelessness, mental ill-health and other disadvantage will tomorrow host its annual Community Cup. Traditional rivals cohealth Kangas and Wynbay Bulldogs will go head-to-head in the annual Community Cup at Whitten Oval on 6 July. The teams are part of the Reclink football league, and players are all clients from community health service cohealth, and youth support agency Latitude.  

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Leading Infectious Diseases Physician to lead Community Health testing and vaccination consortium focussed on Melbourne’s most marginalised communities

16th June 2021

cohealth’s Dr Nadia Chaves has been appointed as Chair of the C-19 Network’s clinical governance group.  The C-19 Network  is a consortium of five Community Health organisations (cohealth, DPV Health, IPC Health, EACH and Star Health) which have collectively combined their capacity and capabilities to scale COVID-19 testing and vaccination services to communities across metro Melbourne. 

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