The Retired Ambulance Association of Victoria Inc. hopes you will be encouraged to seek more information about our Association, our meetings and activities which are held throughout most areas of the state.
Our Association was founded in 1977 after several former members of the Ambulance Service decided there should be a way that retired members could keep in touch with each other after their retirement. This first meeting consisted of 27 attendees who set up a committee that was charged with organising regular gatherings of retired ambulance personnel where friendships born in any branch of an Ambulance Service in Victoria could be nurtured to keep the culture and companionship alive.
The original meeting of 16th October 1977 formulated the principals of the Association and these are still the guiding structure today, although some changes have been suggested and approved by the membership from time to time. In 1990 the Association decided to become more organised and authorised the committee with the aim of becoming an Incorporated Association. Existing records show that Mr. Norm Mills was the first President of this unincorporated group. Since then the Associations membership has progressed at a steady rate with membership covering all areas of the State and with some members who are now living interstate continuing their membership. 1992 saw a new Constitution and Rules established, the Association became incorporated on the 15th August and new President, Chas Martin, taking charge in September that year.
The year 2012 was marked by the first meetings outside the Melbourne Metropolitan area, being established in the South West and North East of the state. Since then several other districts have commenced regular meetings including the areas of Geelong & Surf Coast, Ballarat & Central West, Gippsland, North West Victoria and Central & Northern Victoria. These Districts continue to flourish, with new areas being considered for the not too distant future. New Government regulations assisted in redefining the ideals of the Association and to restructure through a new Constitution in 2013. September 2018 we updated and revised some sections of the Constitution to reflect current management and business standards.
At the Annual General Meeting held on 9th September 2015 our President, Chas Martin, stood aside after 15 plus years in the Chair. We then welcomed, as President, Ray Lougheed to undertake the task of the Presidency into the future. With the ever increasing Membership the Committee of Management has been increased to assist with the every day functioning of our Association. Several of our Districts have also formed small sub-committees to organise and run their Districts with more and varied local functions. In September 2018 Ray stood aside and the presidency passed to Ian Donaldson who active and inspiring the full Committee towards the next faze of the Association
Membership of the Association is open to all former members of any Ambulance Service in Victoria, whether it is a state run service or a private Ambulance company. This includes every area of service from Ambulance Officers to Administration, Cleaners, Maintenance or any other ancillary staff involved with the running of an Ambulance Service. Full membership details and an Application for Membership Form are available on the Membership page.
Further information or assistance can be obtained through our contact us page.
Photos from our Latest Meetings
George & Tim George & Birthday cake Les Hotchin receiving his Life Membership