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 activities, including 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.
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.
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.
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.