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New Deputy Director of Frankston Emergency

Meet Dr Jonathan Dowling. The new Deputy Clinical Director of Frankston Emergency Department is a NSW native, father of two, novice guitar player and Victorian Deputy Censor of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. “I’m really enjoying the role so far,” said Jonathan, who splits his time between treating patients in the Emergency Department and […]

Women reminded to have safe sex

Cathy Halmarick in the Women’s Health Clinic at Frankston Hospital. Women of all ages are being reminded to practise safe sex and to have regular checks for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s), especially when they have a new partner. “Women under the age of thirty should have a yearly STI check and additional checks when changing […]

Men cooking up a storm in the shed

The Community Kitchens cooking group at Langwarrin Men’s Shed. Pictured: Back row Gary, Pat, Graeme, Ian. Front row Dianne, Rod, Maddy. Six men at the Langwarrin Men’s Shed are sharpening their culinary skills, participating in a weekly cooking group supported by Peninsula Health’s Community Kitchens Program. “People usually see cooking as a women’s activity,” said […]

Perioperative nursing exciting and different every day

From the moment she did her first rotation in theatre as a graduate, Alison Jenkins was hooked on becoming a perioperative nurse. “Working in theatre with high acuity patients is exciting and every day is different,” said Alison, an Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurse CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) at Frankston Hospital. “You never know what you’re […]

Closing the Gap in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula

Peninsula Health staff and volunteers including Chris Kirkpatrick (third from left) and Helen Bnads (third from right) on Close the Gap Day. Peninsula Health is committed to helping close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes and is working with the local community to promote the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. One example of this […]

Living with HIV and why the Rainbow Tick Accreditation is so important

Dr Eric Glare and Peninsula Health Rainbow Tick Accreditation Project Manager Rebecca Thompson. Peninsula Health is currently working towards gaining its Rainbow Tick Accreditation. Once achieved Peninsula Health will be the first entire Health service in Australia to achieve the Rainbow Tick. “Rainbow Tick is really important to people living with HIV,” said Dr Eric […]

Obesity epidemic affecting sleep

Senior Sleep Scientist Van Le Blanc in the Sleep Lab at Frankston Hospital. As more people are becoming obese, more people are developing a serious sleep disorder which blocks their airway and stops the air supply to their lungs while they sleep. “Part of the reason why the demand for the Sleep Lab is so […]

Diagnosing dementia

CDAMS team members Jackie Dahlsen, Sonia Nugent, Jo Crowe and Melinda Munroe.  With the ageing population increasing on the Mornington Peninsula, so is the demand for Peninsula Health’s Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS). “CDAMS is a diagnostic service for people experiencing memory loss or changes to their thinking (cognition),” explained CDAMS Manager Jo Crowe. […]

Women urged to put their health first

Meet the women looking after women’s health on the Peninsula Dr Nicky Martin is urging women to put themselves and their health first. “Women are the lynchpin of our community and we have to keep them well and functioning,” said Dr Nicky, who is part of the Women’s Health team at Peninsula Health. “Women don’t […]

Helen committed to closing the gap on the Mornington Peninsula

Helen Bnads is loving her new role as Koolin Balit Co-ordinator. Forty-three years ago, a young Birri Gubba Woman from the Bindal Group in North Queensland moved to Melbourne with no formal qualifications after finishing school in year 10. Fast forward to 2017 and Helen Bnads has recently taken on the role of Koolin Balit […]