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Employment Vacancy – Manager Community Wellbeing

Manager Community Wellbeing
(0.9-1.0 EFT negotiable – ongoing)

For more than 30 years, Cobaw’s vision has been to create a healthy, resilient community through excellence in health and wellbeing services for all in the community. What attracts, engages and unites our passionate staff is the desire and commitment to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable clients and groups within the local communities we serve. As Manager Community Wellbeing, you will be responsible for the overall leadership, service delivery operations and performance of the Community Wellbeing portfolio, including counselling, youth, and alcohol and other drug (AOD) teams.

Position Description: Manager Community Wellbeing

For further information about the position, contact Colin Hatcher – General Manager Health Systems Development on (03) 5421 1666. A clear police check and current Working with Children Check are required. As an employer, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all cultures and backgrounds.

To be considered for the role, your application must include a cover letter, resume and responses to the Key Selection Criteria, which need to be submitted to:

Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd
PO Box 146, Kyneton VIC 3444

Applications close: 9:00am, Monday 3 April 2017

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Upcoming training for volunteers

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New Dementia project to address local need

Cobaw is pleased to announce that it has been funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments to establish a community wide dementia project. This continues Cobaw’s vision of responding to the health and wellbeing of all the community.

The project recognises the significant unaddressed need in the Macedon Ranges for dementia-related services and support. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of people with dementia by initiating collaboration between community care services and a whole-of-community approach to caring for people with dementia.

A recent report commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia confirmed there are currently over 400,000 Australians living with dementia and approximately 290,000 people providing care either in the community or in cared accommodation. By 2056, the number of Australians living with dementia is expected to be over 1,000,000.

Cobaw CEO Margaret McDonald stated that, “in time we will all know someone with dementia or be impacted by its prevalence in our local community”.

“In Victoria last year there was more than 98,000 people living with dementia and records show that the Macedon Ranges Shire has the highest incidence of dementia in the Loddon Mallee Health Region, pro rata,” said Ms McDonald.

“Our vision is that this project will provide improved health, wellbeing and quality of life for those with dementia and their carers, as well as providing the community with a clearer understanding of dementia. I hope that each and every one of us has an opportunity to benefit from learning more about dementia, including strategies as simple as how to assist someone who appears lost and confused”.

We invite anyone with ideas about how they can progress this local work and help design the project to contact us on 5421 1666.

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Cobaw & Castlemaine community health services investigating a merger

The Boards of neighbouring community health services, Cobaw Community Health (Cobaw) and Castlemaine District Community Health (CDCH) today announced they are in formal discussions to amalgamate.

Anne Bates, CDCH CEO explained, “CDCH is currently the smallest community health in the State, so for us this means an opportunity to expand the services offered in Mount Alexander Shire. The Board is seeking long-term sustainability”.

Margaret McDonald, Cobaw CEO explained further, “By combining forces with CDCH we are in a better position to attract funding to our region, in the first instance to support and expand our existing work. Existing collaborations between the two organisations including the School Focused Youth Service and the Central Victorian Volunteer Service will continue. In the future it means having greater opportunities to grow, adapt and meet the emerging needs of local communities as they change – including being able to deliver NDIS services across our region,” Ms McDonald said.

Due diligence processes will now begin with a view to the Boards of both organisations making final decisions about the structure of any future amalgamation, in consultation with staff, community and stakeholders. In the meantime, “it will be business as usual for both services as we go about the process. Both organisations are optimistic that the existing collaborative relationship will be formalised. We share the same vision and purpose in serving geographically similar rural communities and recognising the diversity within them,” said Ms Bates.

Ms McDonald agreed, “Our plan is based on a clear and agreed principle of equitable delivery of sustainable, increased services and the operational efficiency we can achieve together. In short, it’s a story of neighbours becoming good friends, and then taking it to the next level and formalising the relationship to become something more – together. The prospect of a closer relationship or merger is a significant opportunity for us, our employees and our unique communities,” concluded Ms McDonald.

Romsey building update

An update on the new Romsey building project has been posted on the Macedon Ranges Shire Council website. For details on the progress made so far and a sneak peek of the plans, visit

Event & Administration Volunteer

As an Event and Administration Volunteer you will support staff of Cobaw Community Health’s Central Victorian Volunteer Service (CVVS) to maximise volunteer participation in the region. This role has the capacity to provide both administrative support for the program, together with assistance with the delivery of regular community events.

To be considered for this role please complete an expression of interest form via:

Role Description: Event & Administration Volunteer

For further information about the position, contact the Volunteers Program via email at or call (03) 5421 1666.

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