About us

The Carevan Foundation aims to establish partnerships with the Australian Government, State Governments, non-government organisations, businesses and community groups. A further aim is to raise awareness for poverty reduction and sustainable development. The Foundation will work with groups representing youth, indigenous, women, men, disabled and multi-cultural areas including the encouragement of representatives at a grass-roots level to contribute. The Carevan is accessible to all agencies, groups and organisations committed to the fight against homelessness.

Our story

The Carevan Foundation helps to feed the homeless and disadvantaged of rural Australia.The founder of Carevan, Dr John Brabant has worked as in orthodontist in rural Australia for almost 30 years. After reading an article in the Border Mail entitled "It's easier to turn away than to care" about the homeless and the disadvantaged people in Albury Wodonga and Northern Victoria, he decided to take action. The Carevan Foundation aims to create a sense of identity, a sense of belonging and a sense of achievement in those less advantaged in our society. The Foundation is focused on changing "us" and "them" to become "we". After almost a year, the Carevan in Albury Wodonga has become an icon, a symbol that this community cares, and that a community through a strong volunteer network can fight hunger and poverty. "Sometimes a feeling from the heart becomes a jigsaw puzzle that is meant to be put together".  Carevan runs a number of programs to support it's cause. If you would like to help, you can support Carevan with donations or become a volunteer.

 

Our Patron

Father Chris Riley: Looking at the increase in programs and the comprehensive nature of the programs is a real tribute to Dr. John and his many volunteers. The programs touch the most human of basic needs and delivery of the programs nurture and lift people up. Governments talk about the concept of "social inclusion" however I don't believe they have any concept of how you articulate this in reality. Carevan have articulated the concept of social inclusion as it offers meals, dental help, care packs, nutritional meals, mid-night basketball and the many other activities. I believe the greatest human need is the need to belong. This is the fundamental aim of Carevan as it reaches out to people who have fallen on hard times and who have had their self-confidence and self-esteem completely eroded. Previous to the setting up of Carevan, I am sure many of the homeless would have hidden in the shadows, often discriminated against and judged harshly. The three hundred volunteers have helped to turned their towns into communities who care. Many would be surprised that so many people volunteer; not me. I know Australians as generous giving people, who just need someone to lead them. Congratulations to Dr. John for being the one who had the dream, to the many volunteers and staff who ensure that dream is delivered every day and to those who attend and utilize the services of Carevan. We admire your courage and strength, we are privileged to be part of your community and family.

 

Our Founder

Dr John Brabant, BDSc (Hons) (Sydney, MDS (Sydney)

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Dr Brabant graduated with his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Honours) Sydney University and also received his Master of Dental Science (Orthodontics) from Sydney University.

He is a member of Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, Pierre Fauchard Academy, International College of Dentists and Word Federation of Orthodontists.

Dr Brabant is a former Secretary and President of Australian Society of Orthodontics (NSW Branch) and has previously held positions as a tutor in Paedodontics and Prosthetic Dentistry at Sydney University and lecturer to Speech Pathology students at Sydney University. Dr Brabant has presented for Invisalign at the 2014 Invisalign Summit in Singapore, ANZ Invisalign Orthodontic Forum, Queenstown 2015. Dr Brabant has worked for 32 years in private specialist orthodontic practice and his practice, Evolve Orthodontics, won a Telstra Business award in 2012.

 

Andrew Boyce - Director

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Andrew is a Fellow and Financial Planning Specialist of the institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand with 30 years specialising in business services, accounting, income tax and superannuation. 15 of those in his own practice, and over 15 years providing financial advice and guidance to his clients with the last 12 years as a senior adviser of Fitzpatricks Private Wealth. Andrew has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) qualification.

Andrew has been a director of Carevan since incorporation. Andrew has previously held the position of Treasurer of Northbridge Golf Club.

In his spare time Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and competitive rowing.

 

Cathryn Carboon - Director

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Cathryn graduated as dux of the Associate Diploma of Dental Hygiene in Adelaide in 1989.  She was honoured to receive the Oral B Foundation Award for excellence in preventive dentistry upon graduation.  She completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion in 2011 and is currently undertaking a Masters in Health Promotion at Deakin University.

Cathryn’s 26 year career in dental hygiene has covered many facets of dental hygiene care including experience in general practice, orthodontics, periodontics and special needs dentistry.  Cathryn has practiced as a hygienist in Adelaide, Brisbane, Ballarat, Neuss (Germany) and Wellington (New Zealand).  She has spent the last 17 years in private general practice in Wangaratta, North East Victoria.

In 2006 Cathryn joined Colgate’s Professional Educator Network. Cathryn presents oral health education modules as part of the curriculum of Bachelor of Oral Health, Dentistry and Pharmacy undergraduate degrees at Melbourne, La Trobe, Charles Sturt and RMIT Universities and Holmesglen Institute.

Cathryn has been an active member of the Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia since 1988; serving on executive committees in South Australia and Queensland. Since 2007 Cathryn has been the National Network Coordinator for Oral Health with SARRAH (Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health). Cathryn holds a position on SARRAH’s Advisory Committee and the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme Advisory Group.

Cathryn manages the Carevan Foundation Sun Smiles oral health promotion and fluoride varnish program in public schools in Victoria and NSW. She is passionate about giving kids a brighter smile!

 

David Dow - Director

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David Dow is a retired management accountant who spent more than thirty years working in the pig industry in Bendigo and Corowa. He is an active member of Rotary having served two clubs for twenty six years. He is a keen cyclist and bushwalker and has been involved with Carevan for four years as a volunteer, operations manager, and director and more recently as Treasurer.

 

William Ivey - Director

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Will has recently moved to North East Victoria after spending over ten years in Ballarat where upon graduating from university he worked at a national mid tier accounting firm in public practice. He is currently a Senior Manager at Kerr Andison & Kenny Pty Ltd in Wangaratta. 

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ballarat majoring in Accounting and Business Law. He also is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand.  

Given a family connection within the Albury Wodonga area Will has an interest in assisting the community through providing his time to the Carevan Foundation.

 

Stacey Franklin - Chief Executive Officer  

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Stacey began her career in Operation Management in the financial Sector in 2006. She brings with her a diverse range of skills and knowledge. During her career she, gained experience working in compliance, event management, marketing, training and mentoring, board operations, administration & key stakeholder relationships.

Stacey was drawn to the Carevan Foundation by its strong sense of devotion in helping others and improving the quality of life for members within her community.

Stacey has lived in Albury/ Wodonga for many years with her family and has been an active volunteer.