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Support us

Friends of Austin

The community has been fundraising for Austin Health since Elizabeth Austin’s first gift in 1882. In 1925, these wonderful volunteers formed together as the 'Friends of Austin Health' and have been raising money on our behalf ever since. 

Today, these valuable volunteers devote thousands of hours each year to raise funds mainly through retail activitiesincluding Austin Gifts, the Diamond Creek Op Shop, the Royal Talbot Gift Shop and the Greensborough Auxilliary. 

Beverley Briese, President of the Friends of Austin Health, has been volunteering for Austin Health for over 40 years. "Giving back to the community was an important part of my upbringing. I am proud to have had many volunteer roles at Austin Health over those years."  Other members of the Friends of Austin Health Committee are Yvonne Dunt, Irene Hubbard, Dorothy Grant and Val Strantzen 

Over the years the Friends of Austin Health have raised millions to advance and support healthcare.  In 2019, the Friends donated a state-of-the-art surgical microscope used by our plastic and reconstructive surgeons.  In 2020, the Friends have funded a number of state-of-the-art anesthetic machines to be used across the health service. 

If you would like to know more about the Friends of Austin Health please contact us.

If you would like to volunteer for any of the retail shops, please contact our volunteer department directly here.

Austin Gifts

Located in the Harold Stokes Building at Austin Health, Austin Gifts is staffed by our dedicated team of volunteers and is a new and beautiful space for staff, patients and families to enjoy. There is a fabulous range of new products including homewares, jewellery, children’s gifts and so much more. Every purchase made at the shop is a donation to the hospital. Funds raised will help Austin Health continue to provide world-leading healthcare to our community.

Austin Gifts is also now available online for you to purchase a gift for a loved one in hospital or to be delivered to you at home.

Location and Operation Hours
Level 3, Harold Stokes Building
145 Studley Rd
Heidelberg VIC 3084

Open: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - operating hours vary. Contact Foundation team on 03 9496 5753 for weekly operating hours. 

Maximum of 5 customers in-store at one time. 


Gift Shop at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre

The Royal Talbot Gift Shop is stocked with new and pre loved items and staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers. Our range varies each month and may include:
  • Stationery and gift cards for any occasion
  • Toiletries
  • Jewellery
  • Collectables
  • Linen including tea towels
  • China, tableware and accessories
  • Homemade preserves and jams
 
Location and Operation Hours
Royal Talbot Main Entrance
Yarra Boulevard
Kew VIC 3101
T: (03) 9490 7500
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

Diamond Creek Opportunity Shop

The Diamond Creek Opportunity Shop is full to the brim with clothing, books, glassware, crockery, jewellery and much more, to peruse with the assistance of our volunteers. All proceeds from the sale of goods are donated to the hospital, helping Austin Health continue to provide world-leading healthcare to our community.

Locations and Operation Hours
42-44 Main Hurstbridge Road
Diamond Creek VIC  3089
T: (03) 9438 2426
Currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.