11/09/2014 Cobaw Community Health today announced two new milestones in the delivery of services in the Macedon Ranges – a vote by the Board and new government funding for building works. Both will strengthen Cobaw’s ability to maintain and strengthen local services and programs. Victorian Minister for Health and Ageing David Davis today announced a grant of $733,000 to build new facilities in Romsey in partnership with the Lancefield Romsey Bendigo Community Bank. The building will ensure Cobaw can meet growing demand for services in the east of the shire by delivering increased services in a central location, rather than relying [...]
The caravan program at Cobaw Community Health is thrilled that the Zonta Club of Kyneton have provided a second hand caravan and donated funds to support the program. Cobaw’s Youth Housing team established the caravan program approximately seven years ago. It aims to reduce youth homelessness in the Macedon Ranges by keeping young people connected to family. Where there is conflict or overcrowding, a caravan is placed at the family home to enable the young person to have their own space. Since its inception, the caravan program has achieved success in keeping 20-30 young people connected to family with the support [...]
Merger discussions between Cobaw Community Health and Bendigo Community Health Services are proceeding as planned with both organisations remaining committed to the plan. Due diligence processes are almost completed and both boards believe they will be in a position to make a decision about next steps within coming weeks, including the development of a formal Memorandum of Understanding to enable broader engagement of staff in joint planning and establishment of transitional arrangements. No decision regarding the merger will be final unless it is carried by the members of both organisations. “Discussions between the Boards of both organisations have been productive and [...]
The new Commonwealth Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on January 1, 2014. The CDBS will help families to claim up to $1000 basic dental treatment for eligible 2-17 year olds at public chairs in Bendigo and Sunbury, over a two year period if they recieve the Family Tax Benefit A or a similar Government payment. Children do not go on a waiting list, but recieve the next available appointment. The CDBS will make dental care more readily available for approximately 800,000 Victorians. For more detailed information visit http://www.humanservices.gov.au/ or https://www.dhsv.org.au/ or download the following resources: How can children access dental services? [...]
On 24 June the first integrated service delivery forum for youth services provided the opportunity for youth-friendly practitioners in the Macedon Ranges to discuss the issues and challenges involved in working with young people. Representatives from local schools, medical clinics, community health organisations, council, the Local Learning and Employment Network and the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development spent the morning sharing experiences and discussing strategies to ensure best practice service delivery for young people. The forum focused on ways to ensure a coordinated approach to service delivery for young people in the Macedon Ranges. Many great ideas were generated [...]
Cobaw CEO Anne McLennan, Board Chair Licia Kokocinski and Corporate Services Coordinator Amity Bradford were interviewed by 100.7 Highlands FM following Cobaw's win at the Powercor Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards last month.
Eighteen months since inception, the Cobaw Social Pedallers continue to cycle around the beautiful Macedon Ranges and are looking for new members to join the group. Even as the weather starts to cool, the committed Social Pedallers gather twice weekly at the Beauchamp Street skate park in Kyneton to ride together and enjoy a hot cuppa afterwards. Participants have seen the magnificent autumn leaves as they have cycled through the botanical gardens and around the Kyneton racecourse. The Social Pedallers have been touring the local area since the beginning of 2013 and have continued to gain skill, confidence and fitness [...]
A series of funding cutbacks by State and Federal governments has meant that all services provided by Cobaw Community Health have had to change the way they are structured or delivered in a bid to keep going. “It is a very difficult time in community services everywhere,” said outgoing CEO Anne McLennan, who retires on 27 June after three years in the position and more than 30 years’ experience in non-government, local government and community sectors in both Victoria and Western Australia. “We are having to make some very difficult decisions which include cutting back the amount of time services can [...]
Cobaw is proud to announce the organisation has won the award for Excellence in Wellbeing Service at the 2014 Powercor Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards. The awards recognise deserving community businesses and individuals for their outstanding service, innovation, product and professionalism. Thank you to all Cobaw staff and volunteers for their invaluable contribution to the organisation, and to the Macedon Ranges community for your support.
Cobaw is proud to be one of the five finalists in the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance (ACHG) 2014 Governance Excellence Award. This inaugural award showcased outstanding contributions to strengthening the governance of publicly-funded health and community services. Cobaw was nominated for its Board Decision Template which was introduced to reduce the time spent at board meetings, improve transparency and traceability, and reduce the workload for staff preparing material for decisions. Board member Andrew Hynson was congratulated for being a finalist by the Victorian Minister for Health David Davis at the ACHG conference on May 14. Whitehorse Community Health was the [...]