Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd was established in 1986 and is a not for profit Company Limited by Guarantee, governed by a Board of unpaid Directors. From three staff when our doors opened to over 100 staff in 2018, Cobaw has proven to be flexible, innovative and diligent in focusing on the needs of the community.

Cobaw provides a comprehensive range of free and low cost services to over 5,000 people each year in early childhood, youth, families, adults, aged and disability.

Our vision is: Healthy people, strong community.

Cobaw’s mission is: Excellence in accessible services to enable people in Victoria to live healthy, active lives.

Cobaw is committed to promoting and protecting the interests and safety of children. Cobaw believes that family violence is unacceptable in any form and advocates for the rights of all people to live with dignity and safety, and to enjoy healthy relationships. Cobaw values diversity and will be responsive to the health needs of all people including, but not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people with a disability; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex people; people experiencing health inequalities; and culturally and linguistically diverse people.

The following values underpin the work of Cobaw Community Health:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Equity.

An important aspect of Cobaw is the flexibility and energy to be innovative in service provision to promote healthy lifestyles to the local community, and where appropriate to act collaboratively with other organisations to maximise service potential. Cobaw has embraced community health and wellbeing issues and has proved to have been a driving force locally for service innovation.