Health Media Releases

11 04, 2018

Healthcare Under the Rainbow launched

By |2018-04-11T10:27:02+10:00April 11th, 2018|

Cobaw Community Health’s WayOut team have launched an educational video that provides a safe platform for LGBTIQ+ young people to speak to healthcare professionals and services about their needs, and offer suggestions and advice about working with the sex and gender diverse community. The Healthcare under the Rainbow video is a contemporary educational tool for GPs and other healthcare professionals, aimed at improving inclusive clinical practice and increasing the safety of young people accessing healthcare services. A group of young people from the Macedon Ranges developed and produced the video. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to develop skills in photography, film, editing [...]

14 03, 2018

Join Cobaw in getting active this April

By |2018-03-14T12:13:08+10:00March 14th, 2018|

Cobaw Community Health is encouraging schools within the Macedon Ranges Shire to join them in signing up to Premier’s Active April this year. Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, fun and part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy. According to the 2015 Victorian Population Health Survey, only 34.7 per cent of Macedon Ranges Shire residents participated in physical activity on four or more days of the week, compared with the Victorian average of 41.3 per cent. Engaging in regular physical activity has [...]

13 03, 2018

Cobaw celebrates World Down syndrome Awareness Week

By |2018-03-13T17:05:22+10:00March 13th, 2018|

Cobaw Community Health is celebrating World Down syndrome Awareness Week (19-25 March 2018) by hosting a morning tea at the My Time Playgroup on Monday 19 March from 9:30am-11:00am at 49 Forest St, Woodend.   World Down syndrome Awareness Week celebrates the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome, with this year’s theme focusing on the different ways people with Down syndrome make a difference to their communities. Down syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome, chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes in their cells instead of 46 which results in a range of [...]

8 03, 2017

New Dementia project to address local need

By |2017-03-08T12:11:51+10:00March 8th, 2017|

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 [...]

20 01, 2017

Cobaw recognised for outstanding paediatric program

By |2017-01-20T15:26:20+10:00January 20th, 2017|

Families in our region can be assured that the health care, information and services available for children from Cobaw Community Health are delivered by leading child health experts. Cobaw has recently been accredited as a provider of Advanced Training, offering a Program of Excellence in Community Child Health, by the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP). The accreditation recognises Cobaw’s outstanding Paediatric program with learning objectives that are aligned closely with the RACP's Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP). As an advanced training site, Cobaw will now offer positions to Paediatric Fellows or Paediatricians in training to spend up to 12 [...]

22 11, 2016

More children with serious knee injuries: What’s going on?

By |2016-11-22T14:24:14+10:00November 22nd, 2016|

A new study referencing Medicare data has confirmed the number of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries among young people, particularly high school students, has risen significantly during the past 20 years: a trend identified by Cobaw Community Health’s Children’s Services team. “The ACL is one of the four major ligaments that stabilise the knee joint and it helps protect the knee when landing from a jump, pivoting, or slowing down from a run. As pre-teens enter into puberty and grow taller and heavier, their risk of ACL injury increases. Girls are at higher risk of ACL injury because after puberty, as [...]

20 10, 2016

Cobaw Supports Marriage Equality

By |2016-10-20T10:46:00+10:00October 20th, 2016|

Cobaw Community Health (Cobaw) is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of everyone in the community. We actively advocate for equality and against discrimination, and have been leaders in supporting the health and wellbeing of the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community. Despite substantial social reform and legislative change, we know that as a result of ongoing discrimination and exclusion, the LGBTIQ community are over represented in mental health data. Same sex attracted Australians are up to 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Given that we know there is a causal [...]

22 07, 2016

Homelessness Counts in the Macedon Ranges

By |2016-07-22T08:55:21+10:00July 22nd, 2016|

Cobaw is hosting an event for Homelessness Week on Tuesday 2 August at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute (4:00pm-6:30 pm) to raise awareness and understanding of homelessness. The event aims to increase community connections for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as well as for those working in the homelessness and community sector. At the event Macedon Ranges housing support organisations will provide information about their services. Guest speakers will include Vicky Vacondios, Council for Homeless Persons and Margaret McDonald, Cobaw CEO. There will also be entertainment from comedian Trent McCarthy, Cobaw’s own ukulele band The CUPs, and singer-songwriters [...]

22 07, 2016

Rainbow Ranges with WayOut

By |2019-03-21T11:17:51+10:00July 22nd, 2016|

WayOut is about to commence its Term 3 program schedule with a range of exciting new groups. The program, funded by the Department of Health & Human Services, aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender diverse young people in the Macedon Ranges. During Term 3 WayOut will be facilitating the social group, House of Awesome and two new additions to the schedule - a parent support group for families with trans and gender diverse children and a social group specifically for trans and gender diverse young people. All events are free and located [...]

17 06, 2016

Macedon Ranges stands with Orlando

By |2019-03-20T15:32:58+10:00June 17th, 2016|

Cobaw Community Health is inviting the LGBTIQ community, friends and allies in the Macedon Ranges to sign a book of condolence for the victims of the recent tragedy in Orlando. The condolence book will be located at Cobaw’s main office, 47 High Street Kyneton, from Monday 20 June to Wednesday 22 June between 9am-5pm. Not only is the book a way for people to show their support, it also provides the opportunity to say ‘no’ to any form of hate or violence. Following circulation at VACountry in Bendigo and Cobaw in Kyneton, the book will be sent to an equality [...]