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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.

Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

20th September 2021

cohealth’s contribution to the Victorian Government’s consultation on these services emphasises the importance of meaningful and ongoing involvement of local communities. These Local Services must be accessible to everyone and barriers to access must be eliminated or reduced.

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Health and Human Services Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan

6th August 2021

cohealth’s submission to the Victorian Government’s consultation on this plan emphasises the role of the community health sector in adaptation action, and the need to work closely with communities.

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Primary Health Reform Steering Group

27th July 2021

The Primary Health Steering Group is consulting on its draft recommendations on the Federal Government’s 10-Year Primary Health Care Plan. Many of the primary health care challenges identified in their discussion paper are addressed by the community health model. Community health organisations are team-based, multidisciplinary settings that integrate primary care (including GPs) with other health and social services. cohealth urges the Steering Group to look to Victoria’s community health sector as an effective model of primary health care.

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10-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy

9th April 2021

cohealth is pleased to see that people are at the centre of the Strategy. Our contribution to this consultation emphasises the importance of integrating housing, health care and social support, to assist people access and sustain tenancies, particularly those experiencing disadvantage or who have complex needs. We argue for long term investment in social housing growth and the involvement of communities in designing and delivering social housing.

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Indigenous Voice Proposal

31st March 2021

cohealth’s submission to the Indigenous Voice co-design process argues that a Voice to Parliament must be enshrined in the Australian Constitution to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples have a long lasting and durable body that is not vulnerable to changes in government priorities.

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Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Bill 2021

5th March 2021

This legislation increases JobSeeker Payment (and other payments) by $50 per fortnight – just $3.57 per day. cohealth’s submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee reviewing the legislation argues that this increase is not enough to enable people to afford the essentials of life including a roof over their head, nutritious food and the cost of medications and health treatments. We recommend that the rate be increased to at least $65 per day.

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Gaming machines objection

2nd March 2021

An application has been made to the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation to install 70 electronic gaming machines at the proposed Club Tarneit in Tarneit/Truganina. cohealth objected to the application, recognising the harm caused by gambling, particularly to those already experiencing disadvantage.

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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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