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Policy submissions

We create impact through a powerful combination of research and evaluation including advocacy and partnership with consumers, communities and other stakeholders.

cohealth’s policy stream develops both responsive and pro-active statements and strategies to represent and promote our position on key areas of policy and social debate.

Our policy function coordinates the development of submissions and other documents in response to relevant opportunities in the policy environment.

Department of Health consultation on the Productivity Commission Report on Mental Health

10th February 2021

cohealth’s contribution to this consultation urges the Government to commit to all the Productivity Commission recommendations, rather than take a piecemeal approach. We recommend a focus on ensuring that people who experience disadvantage, have complex needs and/or serious mental illness receive the supports they need. We also highlight that the community health model provides an ideal platform for the provision of locally based integrated physical health, mental health and social support services.

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Inquiry into the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

1st October 2020

cohealth’s submission to this inquiry by the Victorian Parliament’s Public Affairs and Estimates Committee highlights the impacts of COVID-19 on the communities we work with and the central role community health services have played in COVID-19 responses.

We identify key lessons, including the importance of engaging communities and enabling models of care that integrate primary health care, hospital care, social support and public health messaging, and that have local expertise and engagement with community health services.

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National Preventative Health Strategy consultation

28th September 2020

cohealth welcomes the development of this Strategy. We recommend strengthening it by more strongly articulating actions to address the social determinants of health, including racism and discrimination, climate change and poverty and inequality. We argue that working in partnerships with communities is essential for developing effective preventative health measures and needs greater emphasis in the Strategy.

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Victorian LGBTIQ Strategy

3rd August 2020

The Victorian Government is consulting about the development of a long term, whole of government LGBTIQ strategy. cohealth supports the development of the Strategy, and emphasises the need for: an intersectional lens to be used in all actions in the strategy; the need for trans, gender diverse and non-binary awareness raising campaigns; and increased investment in the peer workforce.

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Inquiry into issues facing diaspora communities in Australia

31st July 2020

cohealth’s submission to this Senate inquiry focusses on the significant impact racism and discrimination has on people’s health, wellbeing and community inclusion, such as employment, education and sense of belonging.

We recommend a concerted effort across all sectors of the Australian community to prevent and reduce racism and the harms it causes.

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Service Model for Adult Mental Health Centres

29th July 2020

The Federal Department of health is consulting on the Adult Mental Health Centres pilot across Australia. cohealth’s feedback emphasises the importance of including people with lived experience in all areas of the development, operation and review of the Centres. We recommend including a principle about how care and support is provided – recovery-oriented; trauma-informed; consumer focussed; goal directed; and human rights based.

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Monitoring the Family Violence Reforms

22nd July 2020

The Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor is consulting on what has changed since the Royal Commission into Family Violence released its report in 2016, and what remains to be done. cohealth’s submission acknowledges the improvements in the family violence since then, while also identifying areas for improvement, particularly the need for safe, secure housing for victim/survivors of family violence, and for increased investment in support services.

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Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia

1st April 2020

cohealth’s submission to this Parliamentary inquiry into the state of homelessness in Australia focusses on the health impacts of homelessness. We outline the barriers to accessing health care and provide recommendations as to how to overcome them. We emphasise how critically important increasing social and affordable housing is to addressing homelessness and recommend that a National Housing Strategy is developed to meet Australia’s shortfall of 500,000 social and affordable homes. We also urge an immediate increase in Jobseeker Payment.

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Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria

16th March 2020

This Parliamentary inquiry is examining the state of homelessness in Victoria. cohealth’s submission focusses on health impacts of homelessness. We outline the barriers to accessing health care and provide recommendations as to how to overcome these barriers. We emphasise the critical importance of increasing social and affordable housing to address homelessness, recommending increasing social housing by 6,000 homes per year for the next 10 years.

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