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Treating the person, not the illness

The below blog is written by Dr Matthew Jakab, a Hospital Medical Officer in the Palliative Care Unit at Peninsula Health. As doctors we must ask ourselves, what is the point of medicine? We could give a trite answer of “to heal people”, yet that in itself seems quite superficial. Perhaps the better question is, […]

Dispelling the male nursing myth

The following blog is written by Tom Paterson, a graduate nurse at Peninsula Health.  If someone had of asked me four years ago if I envisioned myself becoming a nurse I probably would have responded no. Not because I’m not interested in healthcare rather because of the stereotypes attached to male nurses at this current […]

What does a physio do in the Intensive Care Unit?

The following blog is written by Michael Wang. Hi, my name is Michael. I am the Senior Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Physiotherapist at Frankston Hospital, Peninsula Health. What can a physiotherapist do in Intensive Care you might ask? Every now and then I get the same question from my patients – the ones that are […]

How clinical trials have shaped modern medicine

Members of the ICU research team.  Did you know the first clinical trial took place in 1747? May 20 is International Clinical Trials Day. It commemorates the day James Lind started his study to determine the cause of scurvy. By dividing 12 sailors into separate groups and testing the effect of providing different treatments to […]

When the student becomes the teacher

‘The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.’ – Malcolm Forbes The following blog is written by Dr Anusha Jayasekera From day one of medical school, it is drummed into us that we have entered a lifelong profession of learning. This means that from the very beginning we are […]

A behind the scenes look at Intensive Care nursing

My name is Isabella Alves-Ferreira, I am one of the new 2018 graduate nurses here at Peninsula Health. I never had a clear direction as to what I wanted to study straight out of high school. I felt an enormous amount of pressure at 17 years old to know what I wanted to be in […]

‘Hi, I’m Megan and I’m going to be your nurse today’

How bizarre that felt, to introduce myself as a ‘nurse’ – no longer the ‘student nurse working with so-and-so’; an actual nurse. Donning my scrubs and ID badge, and saying those words to my first patient, I felt an utter fraud! The transition from a student to a registered nurse is peculiar; spending three years […]

From Criminology to Nursing

Hi everyone. I’m Karly and I am one of the new graduate nurses at Peninsula Health for 2018. Honestly, I still cannot believe I am finally here. I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my exciting yet challenging journey I have ahead of myself this year with you all. I originally started […]

Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

The below blog is written by Lavanya Sundararajan, Team Leader, Peninsula Health Falls Prevention Service. The April Falls Week special presentation on “Eating for health and longevity with Mediterranean Diet” by Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos, Head of School of Allied Health and Professor of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Latrobe University was attended by staff from many […]

From student to surgical intern – a world of change

The following blog is written by Dr Giselle Dela Cruz, a medical intern at Peninsula Health.  Medicine is a world of change. Headlines are born from the research that comes out of health professionals’ careers and every consultant has a story about how medicine was taught in their day. As health professionals, we live in […]