Health and Wellbeing

Jul 24

“We’re all in this together” goes the spin. But we’re not. Differential disadvantage means low-income people suffer more, for longer.


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Dec 19

Simple measures like energy efficient appliances can make a huge difference to household budgets and to people’s quality of life,


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Nov 29

The Mental Health Royal Commission's nine priority recommendations, summarised and analysed.


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Nov 4

"My chronic pain is a whole disability on its own too. It deserves the same respect and weight."


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May 22

Energy costs are a big issue for all Victorians, especially those with health conditions or disability.


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Apr 16

Victoria cannot keep going this way on mental health: filling up hospital beds, reducing services, risking people’s lives.


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Mar 15

Parents of kids with undiagnosed genetic conditions are trying to get into a research studies to find answers and avoid


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Feb 19

So how do we ensure a big and growing Melbourne delivers a good life for every person?


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Jan 25

Ten years ago, Victorians lived through the worst heatwave and bushfires in Australia’s history. Tragically, 173 people lost their lives


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Jan 3

Extreme heat can present a serious health risk, especially to elderly people and those with medical conditions. With temperatures climbing


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Nov 22

Under-investment by successive Victorian governments has seen many people fall by the wayside.


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Nov 17

More than 40 per cent of Australia’s disadvantaged kids do not play organised sport.


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Oct 25

Community health services are the quiet achievers of Victoria’s health system. Under increasing pressure and desperate for more resources, they


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Oct 17

Home solar could get a huge kick-along in Victoria over the next few years. Under the ‘Solar Homes’ program, Labor


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May 30

The true value of a Neighbourhood House is counted in more than dollars.


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Oct 31

Revisit the moment that convinced Victorian Coroner Jacqui Hawkins of the need for a safe injecting trial in North Richmond.


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May 3

Investment in mental health, drug and alcohol services and in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in the 2017 Victorian Budget will


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Aug 1

Poker machines do immeasurably more harm than good. They create and exacerbate the social disadvantage VCOSS members are then asked


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Jul 20

A new Victorian strategy for Aboriginal health and wellbeing will need to involve Aboriginal people in all aspects, from development


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May 5

  The Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel was established in 2014 with the objective of building the capacity


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May 3

A new report from the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM), Review of community recovery following the 2013–14 Victorian bushfires, finds


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Apr 29

VCOSS commends the 2016 Victorian Budget for its support for LGBTI community members, with the announcement of a new Pride


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Apr 28

  Summary Good health underpins everyone’s ability to live a good life. VCOSS is encouraged the 2016 Victorian Budget includes significant


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Apr 20

A community's ability to recover from a disaster reflects the strength of its underlying functioning. 'Resilience Strategies' from cities around


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Apr 13

In this blog, VCOSS summarises some of the key funding and policy initiatives announced in today’s package, responding to the


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Apr 1

In its response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, VCOSS called the report “a landmark moment and a turning


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Mar 2

The economic costs of increased health-related, employment and community costs following a natural disaster are examined for the first time


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Feb 10

VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission: Putting people back in the picture. The state budget submission proposes the


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Jan 4

Mind Recovery College recently won a 2015 National Disability Awards for ‘Excellence in Choice and Control in Service Delivery.’


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Nov 11

Health should be everyone’s business, with a focus on preventing illness and ensuring all Victorians can achieve and maintain good


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