Welcome to Peninsula Health – the major health care provider serving the metropolitan and regional areas on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
With over 900 beds we provide a wide range of services from obstetrics to aged care, rehabilitation, emergency and intensive care, oncology, psychiatric services and Hospital in the Home (HITH).
In addition to providing quality, accessible health care services we are a teaching hospital and have a history of contributing to medical research.
As both Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals are teaching hospitals it is possible that during your stay at one of our sites some of your day to day care will be undertaken by doctors in – training, under supervision of senior medical staff. Some of your care and treatment may also be undertaken by nursing or allied health students under supervision.
While we have many facilities across a number of sites, our organisation is structured to offer integrated health care providing a wide range of coordinated services to the community.
We recognise our continuing success depends on strong relationships with individuals and organisations in five key areas:
- The health industry, which includes all employees of Peninsula Health
- Learning and teaching institutions including Universities, TAFEs and research group
- Government at every level – Local, State and Commonwealth
- The Community which supports our work, and
- Volunteers – the 910 people in 38 Auxiliary and Volunteer groups who freely give their time and talent to help us serve the community.
In Partnership, Building a Healthy Community
Peninsula Health embraces a holistic view of health.
The Health Service will work with community and service partners to promote health and healthy lifestyles and to plan for the future needs of the community.
The Health Service will ensure the best possible health care outcomes and will be recognised as a leader in promoting and providing quality, innovative, coordinated and personalised health services. It will enhance the calibre of services provided through continuous improvement, education, research and a commitment to the delivery of quality health outcomes.
The workforce is its strength and future. Collaboratively, the Health Service will forge a caring work environment compatible with its commitment to the retention and development of its workforce, attracting the best people for the required positions and providing exemplary standards of teaching, training and education.
Its managers will be responsible, making the best use of physical, financial and human resources; always aiming for the highest standards of organisational and clinical governance.
Caring for those in need; make a difference; being responsive; person-centred; listening.
Open; honest; just and reasonable; ethical.
Caring for our clients, patients, carers and families, and each other; showing empathy; being non-judgemental; accepting; taking time; showing humility.
Walking in the shoes of others; recognising individual needs; showing tolerance; treating others as equals; acknowledging worth.
Giving our best; striving for the best results; putting in that little extra; aiming for better practice; being innovative; professional; providing quality services.
The first Bush Nursing Hospital on the Mornington Peninsula was established in the early 1930’s and the Frankston Community Hospital was opened in 1941.
In succeeding years, Frankston Hospital continued to grow and smaller health facilities were opened in Mt Eliza and Rosebud and other bayside communities.
The Peninsula Health Care Network was established on August 1, 1995 combining the Mornington Peninsula Hospital Group and the Mount Eliza Centre organisation. The Frankston Community Health Service joined the Network in January 1998.
In July 2000, on recommendation of the Duckett Review of Health Care Networks, the services and facilities of PHCN were retained in a newly structured Metropolitan Health Service, called Peninsula Health.
Peninsula Health and Peninsula Community Health Service amalgamated to form a new Metropolitan Health Service. The new Service, named Peninsula Health, was established from 1 July 2008.
Peninsula Health covers communities in the local government areas of Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and part of Kingston. It covers a bayside area bordered by Chelsea/Edithvale to the north, Langwarrin and Hastings to the east and Flinders and Portsea to the south. The catchment area encompasses approximately 900 square kilometres. Accessibility is a major factor in service provision as most of the catchment area is at least an hour’s drive from central Melbourne, and public transport is limited in some sections.
As well as delivering health care to local residents and visitors to the area, Peninsula Health provides health services to people across Victoria through programs such as Mother/Baby Unit and MePACS Personal Assistance Call Service. In addition, training and education programs within the Service attract medical, nursing, allied health and management students from around Australia and overseas.
The region’s population has grown to over 300,000 people, with a continued seasonal influx of visitors of up to 100,000. The population is growing at a faster rate than most other regions, with a growth rate of 18.9% predicted over the next decade, compared to a growth rate of 13.6% in Melbourne and 11.8% Victoria-wide.
The area is a prime retirement location, there is a high proportion of older people, with age profiles over 60 higher than the state average. The number of people over 70 is expected to double in the next ten years. There are also more people under the age of 19 than the state average.
These demographics, which show peaks in population at ages that require the most health care, place great demands on acute health, aged care and rehabilitation services. This is exacerbated during holiday periods, when visitors impact heavily on emergency services.