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.

How health literate is your organisation? Find out by using the self-assessment checklist. Take action using our tools and other resources.

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COVID-19 Issues Register

TasCOSS is taking on the key coordinating role for the community service industry in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most important priorities in this is providing a channel to government for the issues you identify across the industry.

Working Together Early Learning Initiative

The Working Together team are keenly aware that the extraordinary measures that have been taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 present an unprecedented challenge for early childhood education and care providers as well as the communities they serve.

Supporting Tasmanians by Supporting our Industry

The Premier’s announcement demonstrates strong leadership that puts the wellbeing of Tasmanians first and will assist to ensure we are well placed to respond to the challenges we will all face in the months ahead.

Tasmania, let’s help each other through this (The Examiner Talking Point, 21/03/20)

By their very nature, Tasmanians are supportive of those in need and the state benefits from a robust community services sector. But the coming months will be a challenging time for all, writes Simone Zell.

COSS Network Statement: As impact of COVID-19 grows, survey shows vital community services sinking with demand

The not-for-profit community service sector provides services we all rely on, both during crisis, and over our lifetimes. Community services include childcare and aged care; as well as support for people in times of great need, such as when they’re escaping domestic violence, facing homelessness or struggling to feed their families.

COVID-19 Community Services Industry Noticeboard

Keep up to date with changes to service arrangements and closures due to the increasing precautions taken by community service organisations in response to COVID-19.

Changes to Work Arrangements for TasCOSS Staff

Due to the increasing precautions that are being undertaken in response to COVID-19, TasCOSS has made the decision for staff to commence working remotely from Monday 23 March 2020. The length of this arrangement is subject to advice from health authorities.

COVID-19 Preparation and Advice

All TasCOSS Members and community service organisations are encouraged to review their contingency plans to ensure minimal impacts to service delivery continuity and wherever possible, contribute to the recovery of individuals, communities and services.