News & Events

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.

During this crazy COVID-19 time, Rushall Park resident Liz Montgomery is doing what many others are doing, that is cooking.

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Yvonne Cramer loves the kitchen set up at OCAV’s Braeside Park village. It’s more of a community space where staff and residents enjoy mealtimes and less of a serving area. As one of the village’s cooks Yvonne feels like meals are a family affair for the village and not just a place to prepare food, or eat food and go.

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The gift of philanthropy has paid dividends to life at Liscombe House recently in the creation of a children's garden and providing much needed equipment for palliative care.

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When it comes to telling stories, Margot Yeomans is well practiced. She has been volunteering with OCAV for a year helping Rushall Park residents put their life stories into writing.

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It is all eyes up at Leith Park these days thanks to the installation of five sugar glider nesting boxes throughout the village.

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Like most OCAV residents Paul Taylor didn’t anticipate living in a community of elderly people. ‘I thought I’d spend my sunset years living in the sun,’ he says at his Currie Park home. ‘My wife Suzie and I planned to spend winters in our Port Douglas apartment and summers at our home in Woodend.

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When Jo Portlock ‘retired’ four years ago to Rushall Park, she thought she could at last begin to slow down.

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It is hard to believe that living through the pandemic of coronavirus could have an important historic upside.

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Who doesn't love receiving a hand-written note full of cheery news? Or an email sharing recipes and other fun items?

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As we enter April, we do so with Liscombe House in lock down and our villages far more quiet than usual as residents adhere to Stage 3 restrictions. This is an exceptional response to exceptional times, and I thank you for your understanding of the many difficult decisions we have had to make.

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“Our home has always been a place where family and friends are welcome.  Our cottage at Rushall Park is no different and the community of friends here is important to us and that’s why their work is part of my art box,” Jennifer Barden said.

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