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February 2019

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Diamond Creek Opportunity Shop volunteers Kath Adams, Shirley Pollard, Yvonne Dunt, Joy Barton, Irene Hubbard and Loraine Ramplin with Nillumbik Mayor Karen Egan (centre).

Austin Health volunteers acknowledged for action

The Diamond Creek Opportunity Shop has been recognised as the community group of the year at the Nillumbik Shire Council Australia Day awards ceremony.

Run by Austin Health volunteers, the shop has raised three million dollars for equipment upgrades since it was established in 1981.

The advance care planning volunteer team at Austin Health also won Jagajaga Community Australia Day award for its work helping others plan their future healthcare needs.

The award recognises the local efforts of individuals and groups who volunteer their time and put in effort to make the Jagajaga community a better place.

Austin Health manager of volunteer services Tracey O’Neill said the volunteer teams had a profound impact on patient care.

‘Both of these volunteer teams make an extraordinary contribution to Austin Health’s community, helping our patients live healthy, productive and fulfilled lives.’

She said both volunteer groups contributed to their community in a unique way.

‘The Diamond Creek Op Shop helps to fund state-of-the-art equipment and the advance care planning team supports the provision of education and starts conversations about future health care needs.’