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.

There is nothing like a pandemic to focus the mind. No sooner had we held our wonderful thank you events for our volunteers than we found ourselves plunged back into lockdown to stem the wave of COVID-19 in the community.

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Up to 14 percent of older people are likely to experience elder abuse in Australia and the perpetrators are more likely to be family members, according to OCAV Council member Dominique Horne.

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Did you know that we had 205 volunteers working across all our villages and in Liscombe House? Their contribution to our work is extraordinary and is valued by residents and staff alike.

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When Yvette Young needs time away from her busy schedule at Currie Park, the chances are you will find her in the village’s rose garden.

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There is little that Bruno Zielke has not tried or turned his hand to. He has been a 100 metres sprinter, a gymnast, a rock climber, and a weightlifter representing Hawthorn. Today he still weight trains, and has taken up chess, writing, walking and reading, and is enjoying life in retirement at Leith Park.

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Vicki Short sets herself a daily challenge: to make just one person in Liscombe House smile.

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There’s something special about the kitchen in Sue Picot’s ground floor Rushall Park apartment which she loves.

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This tax time, please give to help grow a garden.

‘Life doesn’t just stop when you move into aged care’. Marcie, an 86-year-old resident, told me this when I asked her what she thought about living at Liscombe House. Like many of our residents, she’s an avid gardener and spent much of her early retirement out in the garden.

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If you want to be happier, try volunteering. That’s the advice of Kim D’Angelis who coordinates OCAV’s 205 volunteers across each village and Liscombe House.

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Electrician by trade, Edmund White has landed on his feet with his first volunteering experience in Australia.

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Dorothy Clayton has felt very much ‘at home’ since she moved into Braeside Park nine years ago. Now, Dorothy, the village’s volunteer pastoral care worker, tries to ensure that others also feel a sense of belonging in the Berwick village.

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