• Life-changing mentors for young carers urgently needed

    Tammy Bowman knows the hardships of being a young carer all too well. As a 19-year-old, she cared for brother and sister as her mum battled brain cancer, then subsequently also her father, who struggled to cope when her mum passed away. Fast forward...

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  • Where there's a Will there's a way

    When Will Harvey suffered an acquired brain injury after a fall, his large group of close friends wanted to show their love and support for him by fundraising. Leading the charge were his friends who worked with him at the Croydon McDonald’s Restaurant,...

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  • Award for Star of the Sea builder

      A top Geelong builder has won an award for its construction of VMCH’s very own Star of the Sea Residential Aged Care, in Torquay. Lyons Construction won Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings over $10 million for VMCH’s newest aged care...

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  • An insight into the housing struggle

    Mary McInerney has always had a strong sense of social justice and a desire to reach out and connect with those who are vulnerable. Underpinned by her Catholic faith, Mary shares her experience in supporting residents in Villa Maria Catholic Homes Affordable...

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  • Pope's blessing and Mass for 100th

    Hendrika Driessen was surrounded by family and friends at a special mass to mark her 100th birthday in June at VMCH’s Shanagolden Residential Aged Care. Bishop of Sale, Patrick O’Regan (pictured with Hendrika), Father Bernard Buckley and Father John...

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  • Us Two - Betty & Nance

    Nance Houen is one of the creators of the National Trust’s wildly popular annual Vintage Clothing Sale that attracts thousands of people. She met Betty Spangaro at Athelstan Retirement Apartments, where they both live. These friends are part of a foursome...

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  • Introducing Montessori to aged care

    In recent years, the principles behind person centered practice has slowly become synonymous with the delivery of aged care services.  This is partly due to Government policy, Living Longer Living Better, which in turn has been driven by a broader incorporation...

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  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    In the past five years, we’ve heard more people talking about Elder Abuse. Some might assume it’s a new phenomenon, but it’s not. Not all, but some older people, are taken advantage of in their later years. This can be because their physical or mental...

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  • Crafting a healthy and happy retirement

    Creativity can have a major impact on your health and wellbeing. Picking up knitting needles, a paintbrush, taking up drama or dancing have all proven to have big benefits to people’s mental and physical health. It is great to see active art and craft...

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  • St Paul's welcomes new principal

    VMCH specialist school, St Paul’s College welcomed its new principal, Tim Hemphill, in May. Tim, who was previously principal at Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired, kindly agreed to answer a few questions about himself. What...

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