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  • Safe activity for everybody this Falls Prevention Week

    The following blog is written by Libby Tiller, a Senior Clinician, Occupational Therapist in the Falls Prevention Service.

    Why does intervention make such a big difference?

    There are many causes for falls, but the risk can be modified by putting in interventions.

    A comprehensive assessment with a plan to address all the risk factors can help people stay healthy and prevent falls and injury due to falls. Being proactive and doing simple things such as exercising, making the environment safe, eating well and having medications reviewed among other things, can help people stay safe and healthy.

    Although falls are common in older people, the good news is that they are not inevitable – falls can be prevented.

    What are the impacts of falls on those vulnerable?

    Unfortunately falls can have a major impact on older people, who are in the most vulnerable group. In fact, 1 in 3 people over 65 fall ...

  • Keep the kids busy this Easter with these fun school holiday activities

    This blog was written by Taylah Steer, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    It’s Easter time already. As the Easter school holidays start we wanted to share some fun ideas to help keep the children entertained over the Easter break. So, here you have it, the top five activities you can do with the whole family over the next couple of weeks.

    Make Easter Bunny Pikelets

    These pikelets are perfect for the kids on Easter morning, they are easy and the whole family will enjoy decorating them! Here’s the recipe.


    To decorate

    1 egg


    1 cup self-raising flour


    1 cup buttermilk

    1 orange (segmented)

    1 tbsp. caster sugar (optional)


    2 tbsp. vegetable oil (for cooking)



    To make the pikelet batter, combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and whisk until smooth. Set aside for half an hour.

    Heat a ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Amar Singh

    Amarpreet Singh is a Registered Nurse at Peninsula Health, who won the Award of Excellence (General) at our Virtual Graduate Nurse Ceremony earlier this year.

    Name: Amarpreet (Amar) Singh

    Role: Registered Nurse

    Q: Congratulations on all your achievements over the past 12 months. What does winning the Award of Excellence (General) mean to you?

    A: I feel genuinely honoured to be able to represent the graduate cohort through this award. While I am grateful for the credit that I am given, I want to turn the spotlight on the other graduates who have also made it through the year. I also want to show my gratitude to the educators and the senior employees who have led by example and have nurtured us to fit our shoes as fully-fledged registered nurses. 

    Q: 2020 was a difficult year for everyone across the health service, and particularly so for grad ...
  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Wendy Schinz

    Wendy Schinz is a Registered Mental Health Nurse at Peninsula Health, who won the Award of Excellence (Mental Health) at our Virtual Graduate Nurse Ceremony earlier this year.

    Name: Wendy Schinz

    Role: Registered Mental Health Nurse

    Q: Congratulations on all your achievements over the past 12 months. What does winning the Award of Excellence (Mental Health) mean to you?

    A: Being a mature age graduate, winning this award has shown that with hard work and dedication, we can strive for excellence in any field that we choose, no matter our age. It was also very nice to be recognised for my hard work and commitment to Mental Health.

    Q: 2020 was a difficult year for everyone across the health service, and particularly so for grad nurses like yourself. What were some of the biggest challenges you faced?

    A: One of the many challenges working during COVID was having to ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Bethany Clarebrough

    Bethany Clarebrough is a Graduate Registered Nurse at Peninsula Health.

    Name: Bethany Clarebrough

    Role: Registered Nurse

    Stream: Graduate Nurse Program

    Q: Why did you decide to complete your graduate year at Peninsula Health?

    A: I had the amazing opportunity to work at Peninsula Health as a RUSON (Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing) throughout the second and third years of my Bachelor of Nursing degree. Additionally, I was lucky enough to have almost 20 weeks of placements at Peninsula Health. Given this, Frankston Hospital felt like a second home to me while studying! From the very first day, I felt like I was valued and treated like an important member of the team. I love the culture of inclusivity, respect, and compassion at Peninsula Health, and I feel privileged to be a part of the incredible team. 

    Q: What has been a highlight of your graduate ...

  • #FeedHappiness: Food that is good for our brain

    This blog was written by Andie Murphy and Taylah Steer, Health Promotion Practitioners at Peninsula Health.

    So, what is #FeedHappiness?

    'Feed Happiness' is an innovative and exciting new social media campaign which aims to improve the mental health of young people and families in Melbourne's Southern Metropolitan region through food and healthy eating.

    In a region-first approach, 19 community and health organisations have come together to inform community members about the link between a healthy diet and good mental health.

    The campaign promotes good nutrition as a tool to support positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes and will run for four weeks from Monday 8 February to Sunday 7 March 2021.  

    ‘Feed Happiness’ will provide support and resources to:

    • Increase your understanding of food and its link to mental health and wellbeing
    • Help you to identify specific foods that can support better mental health and wellbeing
    • Build your knowledge and motivation to prepare and ...
    • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Lizette Gerryts

      Lizette Gerryts is a Graduate Registered Nurse on ward 5FN at Peninsula Health.

      Q: Why did you decide to complete your graduate year at Peninsula Health?

      A: I’ve grown up on the Mornington Peninsula and when I decided to pursue nursing back in high school, I saw myself working at Frankston Hospital giving back to my community. Since that time, the decision to start my nursing career at Peninsula Health has evolved to consider things such as support, specialties, career growth and the right environment to be nurtured into the nurse I want myself to be. I did all my placements at Peninsula Health and it felt like the natural progression to work here as a nurse. Most of all it felt like Peninsula Health was the right fit for me at the right time.

      Q: What has been a highlight of ...

    • Taking a closer look at injuries during the pandemic

      A lengthy pause on outdoor adult and junior sport competitions in Victoria has impacted the number of sporting injuries in 2020.

      Researchers are investigating changes to injury patterns during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      The in-depth audit will examine those treated at Peninsula Health’s Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery Unit at Frankston Hospital over a six-month period this year, to see which injuries have been most prevalent among patients.

      “Plastic surgery units around the world have reported changes in injury patterns,” says Mr Marc Seifman, the study’s lead investigator and a Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon across multiple Victorian health services.

      “What we have been seeing particularly here in Australia is home-based injury rates increasing, including home handyman and construction injuries.”

      “Home has become the workplace, it’s become the classroom, it’s changed the way we do business and it’s changed the way we live our lives at this point in time.”

      With Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions changing the way communities spend their time, Mr Seifman says there ...

    • Healthy holiday season tips from the Health Promotion Team

      The Health Promotion Team at Peninsula Health gets together at the end of 2020. Photo: Supplied. 

      This year our team had a chat about some of the things we like to do in our own lives to stay healthy, safe, happy and hydrated over the summer holiday season.

      And then we thought, why not compile and share all of our ideas, and potentially offer some inspiration for others? If any of these stand out to you, we encourage you to make them your own and use them throughout your own holiday season.

      So here goes.

      Josh starts every day with 5-10 minutes of a few simple exercises or stretches to get the blood pumping first thing in the morning: “You don’t need any equipment, just use whatever space you have available to do some squats, sit-ups or body stretches. Make it really easy to start with, and when it becomes part ...

    • Be challenged by what is possible, not what is impossible

      This blog was written by Chris Kirkpatrick, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

      A virtual presentation was recently held by our Health Promotion Team for local sporting clubs to increase their confidence in making their clubs more welcoming and inclusive of LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/ gender diverse, Intersex and Queer/ questioning) people.

      An inclusive club is one where LGBTIQ+ people feel comfortable to be themselves, allowing them to thrive.

      This free training event attracted 22 participants from a range of Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region sporting clubs and associations. It was an opportunity for club members to gain insights about LGBTIQ+ related language, resources, strategies and practical tips on how to be a more inclusive club.

      Examples of local clubs who have taken action to embrace diversity and provide inclusive environments were also showcased. One of the clubs showcased was Belvedere Park Tennis Club in Seaford, whom have now ...