Health Media Releases

30 04, 2015

Cobaw to advocate for clients experiencing family violence

By |2015-04-30T12:17:39+10:00April 30th, 2015|

Cobaw Community Health Services (Cobaw) welcomes the Royal Commission into Family Violence in Victoria. Many of the people accessing Cobaw services are presenting with issues related to family violence. Across all of Cobaw’s programs, family violence is one of the identified issues at intake and varies from 10-50 per cent of clients in areas such as housing, children’s services, counselling and family services. For many years, Cobaw has worked in partnership with the Centre for Non Violence (CNV) in Bendigo and CNV staff continue to be co-located in Cobaw’s Kyneton office working alongside Cobaw staff. Recently CNV has provided additional funding [...]

20 03, 2015

Cobaw Walks the Block

By |2015-03-20T11:24:54+10:00March 20th, 2015|

Cobaw Community Health staff in Kyneton and Woodend walked around the block on Thursday 19 March - all in the name of better workplace health and productivity. Walk the Block is a workplace health initiative by Victoria Walks, aimed at combating the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. “Sitting is the new public health enemy”, said Dr Ben Rossiter, Executive Officer of Victoria Walks. According to health experts, sitting could be as dangerous as smoking. There is growing evidence to show that prolonged sitting is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and premature death.[1] “We sit at our [...]

15 12, 2014

Cobaw’s WayOut High Court win ends long running legal battle

By |2014-12-15T10:03:12+10:00December 15th, 2014|

The High Court today rejected an application by Christian Youth Camps Ltd (CYC) for special leave to appeal to the High Court against a finding that it discriminated against Cobaw Community Health Services. CYC were seeking special leave to appeal against a decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal that it breached the state's former Equal Opportunity Act by discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2007, the WayOut program tried to book a camp at a CYC facility on Philip Island to facilitate a suicide prevention workshop for same sex attracted, bisexual and transgender young people. The booking was [...]

20 11, 2014

Cobaw Annual General Meeting

By |2014-11-20T14:51:34+10:00November 20th, 2014|

Cobaw Community Health’s 2014 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 26 November at 3:30pm at the Malmsbury Town Hall (91 Mollison Street). The AGM will provide an opportunity to celebrate the organisation’s milestones and achievements of the past 12 months, while looking forward to an exciting future as part of a merged entity with Bendigo Community Health Services. Cobaw’s Acting CEO Margaret McDonald said, “Cobaw has achieved significant success this year while continuing to deliver services to clients, many who experience inequality and disadvantage. As we look towards a future full of new opportunities, the AGM will enable us to [...]

20 11, 2014

Cobaw Supports White Ribbon Day

By |2019-03-20T15:12:20+10:00November 20th, 2014|

Cobaw Community Health Services is supporting White Ribbon Day - Australia's campaign to stop violence against women. On Tuesday 25 November Cobaw is hosting a free BBQ (12-2pm) at the Kyneton Lions Club Pavilion (on Mollison Street near the library). White Ribbon resources will be provided to help raise awareness of the campaign including facts about violence and the many things men can do to help end violence against women. The vision of the White Ribbon campaign is for “all women to live in safety free from all forms of men's violence”, and mission is “making women's safety a man's [...]

7 11, 2014

Cobaw members vote to merge with Bendigo Community Health Services

By |2014-11-07T08:50:59+10:00November 7th, 2014|

Cobaw Community Health members voted last night to merge with Bendigo Community Health Services. Cobaw Community Health held a special members meeting last night at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute to address the Cobaw members and vote on the proposed merger with Bendigo Community Health Services. The merger, initiated by Cobaw Community Health is to strengthen and consolidate Cobaw’s long- term future and services in the Macedon Ranges and has been in development since April this year. Both the Cobaw and Bendigo Community Health Service boards voted unanimously to support the merge on completing a due diligence process and merger negotiations, however [...]

31 10, 2014

Cobaw Members to Vote Next Week on Merger

By |2014-10-31T08:46:12+10:00October 31st, 2014|

Cobaw Community Health’s members will vote on the organisation’s proposed merger with Bendigo Community Health Services (BCHS) at a special members meeting next week (6 November). Cobaw’s Board voted unanimously to support the move to merge with BCHS on 4 September following a thorough due diligence process and ongoing merger negotiations. For the merger to proceed, members of Cobaw must vote to support the proposal, which will be put by Special Resolutions at the meeting on 6 November. If passed, the legal process to merge the two organisations will then be completed. “We have communicated with all members about the reasons [...]

23 10, 2014

Walking towards confidence, independence and health

By |2014-10-23T14:38:53+10:00October 23rd, 2014|

October is VicHealth’s Walk to School month and is designed to encourage school children to walk to and from school more often, and raise awareness of the physical, environmental and social benefits of active transport. VicHealth commissioned research to understand parents’ fears as a barrier to physical activity and to find solutions to help parents give their children greater freedom to walk and ride to and from kinder and school within their neighbourhood. Almost half (48%) of Victorian parents of children aged nine to 15 are worried about their child’s safety when they are not with an adult because a stranger [...]

16 10, 2014

Men’s Shed Takes Step Towards Incorporation

By |2014-10-16T15:09:11+10:00October 16th, 2014|

A group of men using Cobaw Community Health’s Men’s Shed have registered the name “Kyneton Men’s Shed Incorporated” as the first step towards gaining their independence and operating the shed as a standalone organisation. The move has been fully supported by Cobaw, which is working with Stephen Hiley, the Macedon Ranges Shire Council Community Partnerships Officer, to map out the pathways towards independence. This will provide the shed participants with increased autonomy, decision making capacity, and improved fundraising possibilities in the future. Cobaw’s Acting CEO, Margaret McDonald said that the board endorsed a transitional support plan to financially support the shed [...]

14 10, 2014

LGBTI and Mental Health in Rural Victoria

By |2014-10-14T16:20:38+10:00October 14th, 2014|

WayOut, a Cobaw Community Health program, is funded by the Victorian Department of Health as part of the HEY (Health Equal Youth) project. It is an early intervention suicide prevention program that supports young people aged 12-25 in rural Victoria, focusing on lesbian, gay, bi, trans* and intersex (LGBTI) young people, their friends, advocates and family in the Macedon Ranges and across rural Victoria. LGBTI people regularly deal with marginalisation and stigma, experiencing more negative mental health outcomes than the population as a whole. Sex and gender diversity and intersex conditions are not themselves risk factors for mental health problems, but [...]