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  • Op Shop Warehouse Sale a great success

    Did you know VMCH has four opportunity shops in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs? Run mainly by volunteers, these fantastic stores not only offer local community members with a place to purchase affordable, pre-loved goods, but all funds raised go back into...

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  • Easing housing stress

    A recent report by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) revealed an estimated 1.3 million households (or 14 per cent) are in need of housing support. This figure is predicted to rise to 1.7 million by 2025. Since 1960, VMCH has...

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  • Budget falls short in housing affordability

      Leading Victorian Not for Profit VMCH welcomes certainty of funding for the NDIS. However the need to revolutionise Palliative Care and make Affordable Housing a priority has been less encouraging. VMCH CEO Sonya Smart is pleased the budget allows...

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  • Saluting our aged care nurses

      We love our nurses. Nurses have held the title as the most trusted and ethical profession in Australia for the past 20 years. However, aged care nursing still often faces stereotypes that depict the profession as less interesting and exciting when...

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  • Pet's paradise

    Parting with a beloved pet when downsizing shouldn’t be a reality of retirement.  Luckily, for residents at VMCH retirement communities, the welcome mat is rolled out for most furry friends. Shanagolden Retirement Living Coordinator Fiona Sparrow says...

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  • Giving older people with dementia a voice

    An innovative tool is helping aged care residents living with dementia to be heard, and making their end of life journey meaningful to them. May 20-26 is Palliative Care Week, raising awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian...

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  • Age is no barrier for Jake

    Jake Farrell feels fitter and healthier at 71 than he did in his 40s. He credits his love of bike riding for his excellent fitness. It wasn’t until he was 40 that he took up bike riding and now in his 70s he is taking on his biggest adventure yet – cycling...

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  • Auschwitz survivor moved by Anzac Day honour

    Anzac Day means different things to different people. Frank Smolen, who turns 100 in October, survived Auschwitz. When Nazi Germany occupied his country, Frank joined the Polish Resistance. He spent about three years in this infamous concentration camp...

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  • Young Carer Mentor Program a lifeline for kids

    On the surface, Xavier Bulger is your typical 12-year-old. The Mooroopna local loves fishing, cars, motorbikes, and is adjusting to life at high school. But look closer and you’ll see Xavier is dealing with issues far beyond his 12 years. Xavier’s mum,...

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  • The secret to a happy life

    Life changes in many ways when you retire.  One thing that remains the same is the importance of friendship and remaining socially active. For those who need proof, researchers say that having friends can improve your survival odds by 50 per cent and...

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