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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.

It was a trip back in history for 70 residents, volunteers and staff who were treated to afternoon tea at Government House. The occasion, hosted by OCAV Patron Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC, marked the start of the organisation’s 150th celebrations, a year which the Governor described as a ‘hallmark’ and ‘something to be celebrated.’

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Welcome to our 150th anniversary, and what a marvellous year we are about to have from birthday parties for our residents, to celebratory festival days and a garden party in our villages, through to a host of smaller functions all aimed at raising awareness about our history and track record of providing housing and support to older Victorians.

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Diversional therapist Adrian Onofrio ‘fell into’ his work in aged care. And he couldn’t be happier that a series of events and some lucky timing led him to Liscombe House, OCAV’s aged care facility.

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Jane Glynn, receptionist at Liscombe House, has had her dream come true: winning a competition that has seen the creation of a stunning communal garden for residents at Leith Park.

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Access to safe, affordable housing is a human right for everyone but for people experiencing mental health, housing is crucial for the prevention of and recovery of mental ill-health.

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The weather in July 1869, as now, was rainy and cold but it certainly did not dampen the spirits of old colonists’ Judge Pohlman, George Coppin and J B Were who travelled from Queen Street to North Fitzroy to lay the foundation stones of the first two cottages in what was then known as the Old Colonists’ Almshouses.

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Old Colonists’Association of Victoria has welcomed the new Aged Care Quality Standards which came into effect from 1 July.

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Graham Papworth first heard from his regular taxi driver, Tony, that a unit might be free at Leith Park. He didn’t ask how his taxi driver knew, but he believed him. Graham and his wife, Georgina, followed up the lead and last year moved into Unit 60 at Leith Park in the area known as The Glen.

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Creating garden sanctuaries at Braeside Park has become a passion for Kristy Smyth. She helps some residents look after their existing gardens and also creates new, lovely garden spaces for residents who can no longer dig and plant, but who still love to see flowers blooms and smell the roses.

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Keith White, who had heart surgery two years ago, reckons he’s better now than he has ever been. He puts his state of health and well-being down to the life he has found at Currie Park, OCAV’s village in Euroa.

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The apartments are beautiful, with lovely, open and bright rooms, and a balcony for growing plants in pots. I am starting to make my apartment into a home.

– Catherine, Leith Park

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