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  • Nudging our local community into healthy food choices

    Photo: Nudging healthier options at Civic Recreation Reserve (Civic) and Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC). 

    This blog is written by Andie Murphy and Evangelia Nikolitsis, Health Promotion Practitioners at Peninsula Health. Over the past four years Peninsula Health in collaboration with Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership, have been working with local leisure and recreation centres, managed by Belgravia Leisure and Peninsula Leisure to increase healthy food and drink options and to display healthier marketing in and around their café/kiosks.

    To help embed more healthy food and drink options within centres, Belgravia Leisure and Peninsula Leisure were supported to identify and run a number of ‘healthy eating nudge trials’ to determine the most effective ways to support their members, visitors and staff to purchase healthier food and drinks.

    What did we do? A ...

  • Smoke Free September: It’s more than Quit

    Peninsula Health Smoking Cessation Research Pharmacist Darshana Meanger in a photo taken before COVID-19. 

    This blog was written by Darshana Meanger, Smoking Cessation Research Pharmacist at Peninsula Health.

    Peninsula Health has been a smoke free site for 11 years and we are dedicated to supporting patients at any stage of their quit journey.

    We are committed to providing a smoke free environment for staff, patients, visitors and carers.

    The smoke free policy prohibits any smoking or carrying of lighted cigarettes, cigars or pipes anywhere on the Peninsula Health sites.

    This includes all car parks, grounds, buildings and vehicles.

    What is nicotine withdrawal?

    Nicotine is the ingredient in cigarettes that causes cravings for cigarettes.

    Nicotine withdrawal can occur within hours of not having cigarettes. Signs of nicotine withdrawal include cigarette cravings, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, frustration, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, increased appetite and depressed mood.

    What can you do to prevent nicotine withdrawal when you or a family ...

  • Let’s talk about contraception: What is long acting reversible contraception?

    This blog was written by Robyn Holmes and Cathy Halmarick, Sexual & Reproductive Health Nurses at Peninsula Health.

    Contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy, also known as birth control.

    Maybe you have never even heard of long acting reversible contraception.

    You have probably heard of the ‘pill” a tablet you take at the same time every day to avoid a pregnancy.

    The main aim of long acting reversible contraception is to prevent a pregnancy for a longer time; it has a more “set and forget” model. They are one of the most effective types of contraceptive.

    There are now (2) main types of long acting reversible contraception

  • Implant ‘rod” inserted into your upper arm and can last three (3) years.
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) sometimes known as the “coil”. There are hormonal or non-hormonal IUDs.
  • The IUD is inserted into your uterus (womb) and can last up to 10 years, depending on the type ...

  • Using mindfulness to look after your mental wellbeing during lockdown

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

    We’re here in lockdown again.  Although we are now seemingly pro’s at the lockdown routine, now more than ever we need to continue with the healthy habits we have already established, or even start building in some new ones. In particular, ensuring we have healthy habits that take care of our mental wellbeing amid the pandemic should be right at the top of our priority list.  

    In this piece we delve into the world of mindfulness. When your mind just won’t seem to stop or you are finding yourself in autopilot, mindfulness can be a great tool to employ.  

    What is mindfulness?

    Mindfulness is the idea of learning how to be fully present and engaged in the moment, aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment. Mindfulness allows us to separate ourselves from ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Andy Macey

    Clinical Nurse Educator Andy Macey's role allows him to find opportunities to engage in learning for colleagues in the Intensive Care Stream. Photo taken before COVID-19.

    Name: Andy Macey

    Job Title: Clinical Nurse Educator (ICU)

    Postgraduate stream: Intensive Care Stream

    Institution studied with: University of Southhampton

    Andy began nursing in the UK during the late 1990s where he trained at the University of Southampton. He worked in respiratory medicine and high dependency units before immigrating to Australia in 2003. Andy soon made a move to ICU at the Alfred hospital where he completed a PG certificate in intensive care nursing and was provided opportunities to work in leadership and educational roles.

    Andy has worked at Peninsula Health ICU across several tenures as a CCRN, CNS, clinical educator, critical care liaison nurse, and associate nurse unit manager. In between he has held positions in the corporate sector as a clinical applications specialist for a major med-tech and ...

  • Wallaroo Primary in Hastings improving students’ connection with their learning

    A teacher helps a student in the classroom at Wallaroo Primary School, prior to COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Supplied.

    This blog is written by Kristen Young, Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    One school is making a big impact when it comes to helping students to feel connected and engaged in their learning.

    Wallaroo Primary school is located in Hastings and has big plans in place for the next 12 months to redevelop their outdoor spaces to include a chill out zone, bountiful planter boxes, a giant chess board and a new common space for games and collaboration.

    “The idea behind our outdoor plan is to cater to the different needs and interests of our school community” says Jenny Brennan, School Principal at Wallaroo Primary.

    “It is important for us to provide spaces for students to connect with their peers, or at other times to seek reflective spaces to recharge."

    Brain breaks are ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Karen Garnett

    Karen Garnett (far right) is a Peninsula Health Clinical Support Nurse, who took on the new role of Clinical Support Nurse with the Learning Hub at the beginning of 2021.

    Name: Karen Garnett

    Role: Clinical Support Nurse

    Bio: Karen’s journey began in aged care where she worked as a Patient Care Attendant (PCA) for ten years. From there she completed her enrolled nurse division two qualification and then went on to Monash University to become a registered nurse. Karen completed Peninsula Health’s graduate nursing program in 2011 and has never wanted to leave! She completed her postgraduate studies in emergency nursing in 2015 and now has ten years experience working in ED.

    Q: What does an average day look like?

    A: Busy and fulfilling are the two words that come to mind. I do my best to spend quality time with all my students, who are on placement across ED, Westernport ward and Intensive Care. ...

  • How the Best Bites program is creating healthy communities on the Peninsula

    Peninsula Health Health Promotion Practitioner Tess Merchant has become a face for the Best Bites program. Photo: Supplied.

    This blog was written by Tess Marchant and Taylah Steer, Health Promotion Practitioners at Peninsula Health.

    What is the Best Bites program?

    The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Best Bites Food Guide highlights food businesses within the Mornington Peninsula area. To be eligible, food businesses must meet a 95% compliance for the Shire Food Safety Assessment.

    The program involves a voluntary assessment of how well businesses are:

    • Providing safe and healthy food
    • Using environmentally sustainable business practices
    • Providing accessible and inclusive premises
    • Minimising harm associated with alcohol consumption and tobacco use

    The five Best Bites categories are:

    • Access and inclusion
    • Healthy eating
    • Tobacco and alcohol compliance
    • Waste and recycling
    • Energy and water efficiency

    Businesses can choose to partake in as many or as few of these categories as they like.

    Why should business’ be involved?

    Peninsula Health Health Promotion Practitioner Tess says: “Being involved in Best Bites is ...

  • Promoting health and wellbeing at Jetty Road Childcare and Kindergarten

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

    Just last month, Jetty Road Childcare and Kindergarten in Rosebud achieved recognition as a health promoting early childhood service from the Victorian Government by completing all six health priority areas of the Achievement Program.

    In the image above you will see Educators, Tarni and Stacey from Jetty Road Childcare and Kindergarten standing next to their Achievement Program recognition.

    Since registering with the Achievement Program in 2020, Jetty Road Childcare and Kindergarten have focused on reviewing and updating health and wellbeing policies for both children and staff at the centre to help create a culturally and physically healthy environment.

    Alongside work on policies, Jetty Road has introduced some exciting initiatives that support health and wellbeing in the centre.

    The children at the centre received a visit from the Peninsula Health Dental Team for a ...

  • 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 ...