COSHG Office

We provide opportunity for enquirers to visit our office, phone or email with their queries and visit our website.

Our office hours are limited to Wednesdays and Thursdays. We request that if wanting to visit the office you ring beforehand to ensure there is somebody available to talk to you as we may be attending meetings etc.


We hold an extensive database of groups and aligned organisations. This allows us to connect groups with each other, individuals to groups and disseminate information to specific areas of interest.

We welcome information that alerts us to new groups to add to our database and any changes of address and contact details to keep the database as up to date as possible.

Workshops are held from time to time to enhance skills, increase networks and share information and experience between participants. These may cover, but are not confined to, topics such as:

  • Starting a group
  • Funding
  • Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution
  • Publicity
  • Legal issues
  • Facilitation
  • Surviving and Thriving
  • and other issues to do with running successful groups


COSHG has acquired substantial in-house knowledge over our 40 year history on diverse issues relating to self help and support groups. Please follow this link to our resources page.

Publications and reports

COSHG has produced ‘What is Self Help’, ‘In the Same Boat Resource Kit’ (currently being revised) and reports such as ‘Closing the Gaps’ Chronic Health & Illness Groups – Self Help and Peer Support Forum Report.

Archival library

This includes material regarding self help groups from the mid 70’s onwards. Please note: Access to this collection requires an appointment and may incur a small fee. Due to the rarity of much of the library content, there is limited borrowing.

Poster collection

We also hold an interesting and eclectic collection of social justice campaign and event posters dating from the 1980’s and 1990’s. In 2017 we were successful in gaining a Local History Grant through the Public Records Office Victoria (PROV), to conserve the collection. This work is underway and we hope to exhibit them in a public forum in 2018-2019.