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OCAV is well placed to comment in issues relating to ageing and care for ageing Victorians, having provided these services for almost 150 years.

OCAV response to heatwaves

December 7, 2017

Heatwaves during Australia’s summer put health workers on alert. Staff at Liscombe House, OCAV’s aged care facility at St Helena, are no exception. They are very conscious of the affect of extreme heat on residents and implement a heatwave policy to ensure all necessary steps are taken.

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Joan Barnett and Joan Chadzynski remembered Christmases past as they lovingly created a Christmas decoration to hang on the Government House Christmas tree this year. The decoration was made at the invitation of the Governor of Victoria, The Hon Linda Dessau AC, who is also patron of OCAV.

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As I look back on the past year, there is little doubt that this has been a year of achievement on all fronts for the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria.
Early this year we commissioned a Social Return on Investment evaluation of our work in housing and caring for older Victorians. While we are yet to launch the report formally, we now have an independent report that shows that our residents and their families deeply value the safe, ...

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A group of talented Rushall Park artists, sewers and embroiderers is stitching together the architectural history of the North Fitzroy village. The 10 women have begun embroidering the 10cm squares, which represent 24 different cottages, including the first cottages built almost 150 years ago. The embroidered squares will eventually form a wall hanging to be exhibited as part of the 150th celebrations in 2019.

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Alan Nichols copped a bit of criticism when he changed careers back in the 1960s. Some, including his father, asked why an ambitious young journalist, working for The Sun in Sydney, would ‘throw it away’ to become an Anglican minister. He ended up in parishes in working class suburbs of Sydney; areas he had covered on his crime beat.

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Dawn Sullivan started looking at the world through a lens more than 40 years ago. In those days it was to capture every step her daughter took. She still loves photographing her family but these days Dawn is also capturing on film the people, events and wildlife at OCAV’s Leith Park village. The bushland around Leith Park in St Helena has provided Dawn with many ‘subjects’ to photograph, especially the birdlife.

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Deb Haley started volunteering at Braeside Park a year ago to fill in a spare day. She keeps coming back because she has grown fond of the residents and looks forward to the fortnightly catch-ups.

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Life’s turned around for Sandra Cumming. A few years ago she was losing the capacity to walk and use her hands due to Dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes muscles in the body to contract or spasm involuntarily. Fast forward to November 2017 and Sandra has picked up first prize for her glass painting at the Euroa Show.

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Christmas has come early to Currie Park; OCAV’s village in Euroa and residents will get to enjoy the gift. Thanks to a grant from the Jack Brockhoff Foundation, the village’s community kitchen will be given a make-over.

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Meeting the future housing and care needs of elderly Victorians is a significant challenge as fewer older people will own their own homes in retirement, more are renting and an increasing number are unlikely to have sufficient retirement savings.

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Model trains capture most little boys’ hearts and imaginations. But it seems grown men and a few grown women are just as interested.

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