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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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Supporting the Ethiopian community to bounce-back from COVID

10th February 2021

A new cohealth program operating in Melbourne’s west is supporting the Ethiopian community by creating jobs, stimulating Ethiopian-owned businesses and delivering food to nearly 400 people in the Ethiopian community who have been impacted by the pandemic.  

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Repeal of public drunkenness laws recognises that highly intoxicated people need care, not a police cell

10th December 2020

The State Government’s decision to decriminalise public drunkenness has been applauded by one of Victoria’s leading community health services which says the move will protect the health of many of its vulnerable clients, and prevent unnecessary contact with the justice system.  “Incarcerating someone for being intoxicated is dangerous, said Nicole Bartholomeusz, Chief Executive, cohealth. 

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A free and practical tool for newsrooms to help access a broad range of multicultural contacts and perspectives

7th December 2020

The Victorian Multicultural Directory for Newsrooms, officially launches today, providing a resource to newsrooms grappling with contact books that often don’t reflect Australia’s population. Given our increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse society, the online talent directory will assist journalists in connecting with individuals for stories they are covering across a range of issues and topics.

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Budget ‘with heart’ will improve health and wellbeing for Victorians by addressing drivers of disadvantage

24th November 2020

Victorian community health service, cohealth, has praised today’s State Budget for its focus on addressing the drivers of disadvantage by increasing supply of social housing, improving access to early childhood education and boosting jobs and training efforts.    “This is a budget with heart,” said Nicole Bartholomeusz, Chief Executive, cohealth. 

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