• School's back at St Paul's

    With its colourful superhero pictures on the classroom walls, teeny tiny chairs and tables and adorable children dressed in shiny new school uniforms – this looks like your average prep class starting off the school year. But the St Paul’s College Bridging...

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  • Tuning into dementia

    It is hoped a new, ground-breaking study into television watching habits within aged care will improve the lives of residents living with dementia. Around 20 seniors from four Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) aged care residences in Balwyn, Clayton,...

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  • The rewards of giving

    Alistair and Shirley Lloyd have spent almost 59 years of their married life giving – whether it is through fostering more than 70 babies or adopting two children with disabilities and this is on top of raising their own three children. They say that...

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  • CEO's Message - Autumn 2016

    Welcome to the first edition of the new look Seasons. We have tried to give it a fresher, more modern feel - I do hope you enjoy it. To coincide with the move to 486 Albert Street, East Melbourne, the VMCH website has also been updated to make it more...

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  • Inspirational Les faces a tough diagnosis

    A diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is one of the most devastating blows a person can face.  However Les Waldron has not let it change his positive outlook on life. MND is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells controlling...

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  • Spotlight on carers in Hume

    One of the most difficult parts of caring is knowing when to let go. Wangaratta resident Lyn Kahlefeldt (pictured) was a full-time carer for her husband Henry “Harry” for five years before the challenges of the role simply became too much. Harry, who...

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  • A taste for change in aged care

    A former high-flying executive chef is using his extensive experience within the food industry to help enrich the lives of residents in aged care.  Sri Lankan-born Sanath Wanniarachchi (pictured above) held coveted positions in some of the world’s most...

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  • Geoff celebrates a century

    Surprises are a little harder to come by when you’re 100 years old.  But Geoff Noonan’s family managed to astonish their father on his milestone birthday – reuniting him with three nieces. Geoffrey ‘John’ Noonan was born in Ballarat on February 7, 1916. ...

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  • Biggest and best Fun Day yet

    Community spirit and excitement filled the air as around 1,500 people gathered at Albert Park Lake to celebrate social inclusion. It was a day free of worry, pre-planning and stress for people of all abilities at the Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH)...

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