Health Literacy

Health literacy is the knowledge and skills needed to access, understand, and use information related to physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Almost two in three people in Tasmania do not have the health literacy skills to manage their health and wellbeing.  Almost one in three adults with a university degree also do not have adequate health literacy.

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Policy Conversations: Rethinking the Use of ‘Vulnerable’ Wrap

TasCOSS’s latest Policy Conversation: Rethinking the Use of ‘Vulnerable’ had a great turnout with representatives from more than 40 organisations present to witness a rich discussion on the value and challenges of the term ‘vulnerable’ and its use in the community services industry. Special thanks to Dr Catherine Robinson (Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action Research Centre) — our wonderful guest speaker — for her time, expertise and passion.

Under 16 Homelessness Policy Framework

TasCOSS has had a long involvement in advocating for children and young people living in difficult circumstances in Tasmania. The draft framework is a good starting point for our collective response to the needs of unaccompanied homeless children in Tasmania, but it currently lacks clarity in some respects and needs further articulation.

Commission of Inquiry into the State Government’s Response to Child Sexual Abuse

In preparing this submission, TasCOSS consulted with organisations with frontline and policy expertise in the child safety system and children’s welfare. The submission addresses seven systemic themes that are or will in future impact on the adequacy and appropriateness of the State Government’s response to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

Draft Container Refund Scheme 2021

TasCOSS welcomes the introduction of a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) and the potential it provides for social benefit beyond the environmental benefits of recycling.

Expression of Interest: Governance Training

TasCOSS provides bespoke introductory governance workshops. These workshops help build understanding of of good governance practice. Governance workshops are interesting, interactive and tailored to your needs.

Grocery Unit Pricing Code Review

Effective unit pricing is a consumer protection measure that is vital to the many thousands of Tasmanians who have low numeracy and/or literacy and live in poverty or on inadequate incomes.

Access Support for your Energy Costs

With the end of June fast approaching, it is a timely reminder to households that electricity disconnections can recommence as a further tranche of COVID-19 protections are removed.

The Value of a Safe, Warm and Stable Home — Adrienne’s enews Message (10 June 2021)

With winter upon us, the significance of a safe, warm and stable home to lay your head at night really hits home, writes TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone.