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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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Victoria’s first Pfizer clinic delivers 500th Pfizer vaccine

7th June 2021

Victoria’s first Pfizer clinic is this week expected to deliver its 500th Pfizer vaccine since it was first established on 19 May. cohealth’s Laverton clinic was the only GP-led clinic in Victoria and one of only three GP-led clinics nationally selected by the Federal Government to deliver Pfizer outside of the centralised hubs.

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Community-led project and cookbook created by and for North Melbourne and Flemington residents

27th May 2021

No translation is needed for food, it’s an international language. A team of public housing residents of the nine towers in North Melbourne and Flemington will launch their community cookbook Cooking, Recovery & Connections this weekend. The project is supported by cohealth’s Prevention and Community Partnerships team in the name of celebrating community resilience and recovery following the hard lockdown experienced by public housing communities last year.

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cohealth praises major Budget investment in mental health

20th May 2021

Victorian community health service, cohealth, has applauded the State Government’s massive investment in health care in today’s Budget, particularly the $3.8b for mental health.  “The Royal Commission process revealed just how broken our mental health system is, and this Budget funds a roadmap to a better system for all Victorians,” said Nicole Bartholomeusz, Chief Executive, cohealth. 

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cohealth welcomes recommendations to respect and recognise human rights of older Australians in aged care system

10th March 2021

cohealth applauds the landmark final report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care that recommends enshrining in legislation a rights-based system that guarantees older people universal access to the supports and services they need. As a provider of home-based supports cohealth welcomes the recommendation to clear the waiting list and provide home care packages to those who need them right now. 

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Ending homelessness requires a home plus health and social support

4th March 2021

cohealth has welcomed the recommendation from a Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria to boost affordable, long-term housing, with the community health service reiterating that housing must be integrated with efforts to address the long-term impacts of homelessness on people’s physical, mental and social health.

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$4 per day increase to Jobseeker won't even cover a prescription

23rd February 2021

cohealth is deeply disappointed at the Federal Government's refusal to increase Jobseeker (formerly Newstart) payments by the $25 per day needed to lift people out of poverty, an increase that we, and thousands of other people and organisations, have been calling for. 

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‘Tough love’ denies that drug dependence is a health problem

23rd February 2021

On the eve of International Family Drug Support Day (24 February) with the theme 'Family Connection not Tough Love', an alliance of community organisations is speaking out against drug dependence stigma and pointing out the futility of ‘tough love’ approaches to drug use.

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