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News & Events

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

The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft ‘Charter of Aged Care Rights Consultation Paper’.

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Pat Collins and Joseph Taylor hit it off straight away when they met for the first time as part of the Fitzroy High School/ OCAV Intergenerational Project. They share a passion for travel and yearning to see the world. Pat, at 74, has covered a fair bit of territory since he took off to Papua New Guinea when he was just 19 years old. Joseph is keen to follow suit and wants to head off on travel adventures once he qualifies as a barber.

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Most blokes love their shed. Now, a newly renovated Men’s Shed and workspace recently opened at OCAV’s Leith Park village, means men won’t have to give up their shed when they move into retirement. It’s important to a lot of the Leith Park men to be able to continue building and tinkering and Barry Lay is one of the residents who has made it possible.

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OCAV is delighted to welcome three new Council members: Professor Joe Ibrahim, Lyndsay Neilson and Jenny Roche.

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Carl Wood can thank, or blame, his late mother for his already seven-year stint on OCAV’s governing Council. His mother, Peg Cregan, had been a resident at Rushall Park and then Liscombe House and let her son know when she thought something could be done better.

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The start of Spring was heralded with a plant out at the opening of Currie Park’s edible garden. Residents and staff, together with local dignitaries, celebrated the opening of the John T Reid Charitable Trust edible garden by planting out spring vegetables and flowers.

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Shekinah Ramos grew up believing that older people should be respected for all that they have contributed to families and the wider community. Now a 20-year-old Monash University science student, Shekinah hasn’t changed her mind. In fact, she volunteers at OCAV’s Braeside Park village as a way of offering service to older Victorians.

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Karen Ernest wishes more people in the wider community could ‘look past the wrinkles’ that eventually cover our faces. She’s learned a great deal working with ageing Victorians over the years, but that’s probably her greatest lesson.

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No tiptoeing through the tulips

September 30, 2018

The tulips make me want to paint,
Something about the way they drop
Their petals on the tabletop
And do not wilt so much as faint,
…….
And how, tomorrow, they’ll be missed.

American poet A.E. Stallings nailed it when she wrote about tulips, capturing the beauty that Rushall Park residents are now enjoying.

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OCAV was honoured recently to receive a wonderful bequest from the Estate of Jean Margaret Stewart. Jean’s grandmother, Ethel Hooke, lived at Rushall Park many years ago and apparently, Jean never forgot the care and friendship Ethel enjoyed at the village.

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For someone who wants to be a history academic volunteer Liam Nixon is getting some invaluable grass roots learning at OCAV’s Leith Park village.

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