health update

Policy submissions

City of Melbourne’s Draft Community Infrastructure Development Framework

12th September 2014

cohealth’s response to the draft community infrastructure development framework included the following recommendations:
• Ensuring that culturally diverse communities, with a particular focus on international students and new and emerging communities are meaningfully engaged in the development of facilities and/or projects.
• Ensuring a commitment to equity and fairness to ensure that planning for new communities involves the creation of opportunities for all and consequently helping to address issues of disadvantage by taking a ‘people centred’ approach.

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Community Sector Reform Council on Mental Health Community Support Services and Alcohol and Other Drug reform process response

1st September 2014

cohealth’s response to this submission expressed the organisation’s concerns about the specific needs of complex clients, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. cohealth also expressed concern about the need to ensure effective handling of clinical risk and the safe and effective management of existing and new demand for services through the assessment and referral options.

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Community Sector Reform Council on Mental Health Community Support Services and Alcohol and Other Drug reform process submission

1st September 2014

This submission by cohealth was informed by the organisation’s consumer advisory groups’. The submission provided a considerations which included increased consumer participation through co-design mechanisms, face to face meetings and more communication about the nature of reform processes.

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Welfare review interim report: A new system for better employment and social outcomes

8th August 2014

cohealth’s response to this review argued that the emphasis of most individuals’ interactions with the welfare system on transition into employment, and harsh punishment for not meeting participation requirements, may lead to unintended and negative consequences.

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City of Melbourne Beyond the safe city strategy 2014-17

8th July 2014

cohealth’s response to the Melbourne City Council Beyond the Safe City Strategy advocated for the issue of safety to cross reference council homelessness and AOD strategies as well as considering how the city’s spaces could be improved to ensure that women and children feel safe, particularly when it comes to accessing night time activities.

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Pathways: the City of Melbourne’s draft homelessness strategy 2014-17

13th June 2014

cohealth’s response to the City of Melbourne’s draft homelessness strategy advocated for the inclusion of homelessness people in the consultation process for developing the strategy, considering the role of gender in homelessness service delivery, including women and children, refugees and asylum seekers, older people and single people particularly mothers.

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Proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, Freedom of Speech

30th April 2014

coheatlh’s response to changes proposed to the Racial Discrimination Act 2014 focused on the health impacts of racism in the community. These impacts include the increased prevalence of mental health issues and assault amongst people and communities. Fear of judgement also acts as a barrier to accessing services for people and communities exposed to racism.

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National Mental Health Commission review of mental health services and programmes

14th April 2014

cohealth’s response to the Commonwealth’s review of mental health commissioning recommended the development of a consumer workforce within mental creating employment opportunities for people who are experts by experience, and a federal working party to reduce the burden of funding consumed by the obligation of compliance with governance, quality and administrative processes.

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