COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic Impacts

Due to the current pandemic the COSHG office is closed and our two part-time workers are working from home. You can still contact COSHG via or leave a message at 03 9650 2005 / 0448 421 327 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The circumstances have meant the cancellation of our intended 2020 rural workshops. We are currently looking at alternative means to present these workshops.

It is notable that there are a number of neighbourhood/community groups forming due this pandemic period to address disadvantage in their local communities. Some of these groups will eventually disappear, some will remain as a group with a variation on their original focus and others will continue to act as a community group.  Whatever status evolves, COSHG is here to assist through the life of the group.

COSHG has over 40 years continual experience in working with groups and is well positioned to assist new groups on a variety of issues if and when they arise, such as:

  • Starting groups
  • Maintaining groups
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Group dynamics
  • Legalities for groups
  • Resources for groups
  • And much more

Our website is currently being worked on. We will be adding more resources from time to time. If you are looking at starting or maintaining a group please see Resources and Starting and managing a group.

Importantly, later this year an update of our Resource Kit ‘In the Same Boat’ will be published and made available as a comprehensive guide for groups.

Counselling and support services › PG-social-support-support-groups
Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria – A support group meetings designed for people who suffer from an anxiety disorder and for their carers.
Beyond Blue: Anxiety, depression and suicide prevention 
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.
1800 Respect
National counselling helpline: 1800 737 732
Counselling and support for survivors of child sexual abuse: 1800 272 831
Child Wise
Counselling provider: 1800 991 099
24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention: 13 11 14
Care Leavers Australia Network
1800 008 774
Peer support for non-offending partners: (03) 9018 7872
Friends for Good 
Raises awareness of loneliness as a significant issue in the community and address gaps in services to foster a greater sense of connection and wellbeing for individuals and communities.

The COSHG office will be closed from Wednesday 3 December and re-open Wednesday 6 January 2021