health update

coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out where to get tested for COVID-19 at cohealth.

For general information about COVID-19 call the Victorian Government’s dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. You can ask for an interpreter in your language.

Some appointments and health services will stop or change to reduce the risk of transmission. For more information, go to cancellations and appointments.

Policy submissions

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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Gaming machines application

3rd March 2020

An application has been made to the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation to install 60 electronic gaming machines at the proposed Mt Atkinson Hotel in Melton. cohealth objected to the application, recognising the harm caused by gambling, particularly to those who already experience disadvantage.

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Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 – second exposure draft

31st January 2020

The Attorney-General’s Department is consulting on the second draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill, before the legislation is introduced to Parliament.

This second draft continues to jeopardise the health care of many groups in the community and does nothing to allay the concerns we expressed about the first version. cohealth’s submission maintains our position that addressing discrimination against one group of people cannot be done by overriding the rights of, and increasing discrimination against, another group.

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Federal budget submission 2020-21

30th January 2020

cohealth’s submission to the Federal Government’s pre-budget process proposes an innovative model of co-location of health care, social support services and housing services to create a community hub centred on the whole person. We emphasise the critical importance of also improving the circumstances in which people live, work and age.

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