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Healthy foods served up to Elisabeth Murdoch College students

Students at Elisabeth Murdoch College (EMC) in Langwarrin are enjoying fruit salad and rice paper rolls for lunch, after the school canteen implemented a new, healthier menu. “Since implementing the changes recommended by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service, teachers have really noticed a positive difference in the behaviour of students,” said Julie Wrighton, Vice President of […]

Why practising clinicians should do research

Professor John Botha, Director of Intensive Care and Research at Peninsula Health is urging clinicians and other health professionals to become involved in research. “Most of us do research because we want to help our patients,” said Professor Botha, when speaking to Peninsula Health staff at the second research forum of the year on 27 […]

From Cape Town to Frankston: three generations of nurses

Fifteen years ago Michelle Rolleston made a life-changing decision – to move to Australia from Cape Town in South Africa with her family. “I was offered a job at Frankston Hospital as part of a nursing recruitment drive Peninsula Health were doing in South Africa,” explained Michelle. “All these years later I am still working […]

Supporting young Mums

Meet midwife Sharelle from the Young Women’s Clinic. Being young and being a parent is not easy, which is why women aged under 21 and having their first baby are offered specialised care and extra support through the Young Women’s Clinic. “The biggest issue these women face is that they’re young and they’re parenting,” explained […]

Speech Pathologist named Harmony Day Ambassador

Speech pathologist Eloise Wright is Peninsula Health’s inaugural Harmony Day Ambassador. “Eloise was nominated by her peers for consistently modelling a respectful and inclusive approach, which is particularly evident in her advocacy for patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with acquired language and speech difficulties,” said Alison Watts, convenor of Peninsula Health’s Cultural and […]

Carinya celebrates 25 years since opening

Residents and staff dance to the music. Peninsula Health’s residential aged care service Carinya has celebrated 25 years since it was first opened with a Rock N Roll party complete with a live singer. “All the residents loved the event – they were dancing and singing and the chair bound participants all had the biggest […]

Perioperative nurse plays important role in life-saving surgery

Kym Buettner in the Short Stay Theatre at Frankston Hospital. A critical patient was rushed to Frankston Hospital after having an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, which needed to be repaired, and into the care of perioperative nurse Kym Buettner and a team of theatre staff.   “The lady was having an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (which can […]

Rosebud boy recovering from mysterious infection

Julie and her son Maison at home in Rosebud. 12-year-old Maison started the school year with a sore foot, however what was initially suspected to be a simple fracture turned out to be something far more serious. “For something that seemed so minor in the beginning compared to what it has turned into – in […]

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 […]