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  • Student leadership shines at Overport Primary School

    Student Health Ambassadors work hard to promote sun protection at Overport Primary. Photo: Supplied.

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

    Overport Primary, located in Frankston South, celebrated 20 years of being a sun smart school this year. Student leaders were invited to contribute their bright ideas to update the schools sun smart policy and then promote key health messages amongst their student peers. “I feel really proud to be a Student Health Ambassador and I had fun planning our school wide sun protection celebration” said Louis, Overport Primary student.

    As an added bonus, the school was awarded Sun Protection recognition through the Achievement Program, a reward for the schools hard work in the health and wellbeing space.

    “Despite the challenges of remote learning in the ...

  • The link between climate change and our health – action today for a healthier tomorrow

    [caption id="attachment_36567" align="alignnone" width="576"] Image: Climate Cartoon from www.commoncause.com.au[/caption]

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

    Have you thought about how our health and the health of our family is connected to climate change? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. Most Victorians haven’t thought about this. In this blog we will focus on the link between our health and climate change and how by healthy eating we can not only improve our health but also the health of the planet.

    What is climate change?

    Climate change is caused by increases in the amount of gases in the air, which make the earth’s temperature rise.  These gases come from fossil fuels and are called greenhouse gases and are carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.  The consequences of climate change are higher than average temperatures and overall less rainfall.  It is because ...

  • Peninsula Health welcomes 136 nursing graduates

    This month we welcomed 104 nursing, 14 midwifery and 18 mental health graduates across our all of our sites. Our staff have embraced the influx of new graduates to our health service, to help meet our current workforce challenges. Our nursing graduates are being supported in their transition to independent practice by a team of clinical support nurses and midwives, alongside dedicated clinical educators. Some of our graduates are already familiar with Peninsula Health, having worked with us as a Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing (RUSON), Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery (RUSOM) or Pre-Qualified Registered Nurse (PQRN), or through undertaking clinical placements. Many chose to commence their nursing career with Peninsula Health because of the positive experiences they had as students with us. Thank you to all our staff who have provided a welcoming environment for our nursing graduates!


  • Health Promotion – Key achievements in our community 2017-2021

    This blog was written by Taylah Steer, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health. Infographic created by Eva Nikolitsis, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    Over the last four years, the Health Promotion team have been busy creating interventions and actions across local settings; education (schools and early years), neighbourhoods, workplaces and sport and recreation places. Within these places where people work, learn and play we focused on some key areas, increasing healthy eating and reducing tobacco related harm.

    Some key achievements we’ve seen in the last four years thanks to our wonderful Health Promotion team, community and partners are:

    • The launch of The Community Plate and most recently the launch of its Action Groups.
    • 114 Achievement Program recognitions for Schools and Early Years Services, you can read more about some of these recognitions on the Community Health Blog page, here. As ...
    • Assessing the effects of care navigation: How ongoing care post hospitalisation prevents hospital readmission.

      [caption id="attachment_35439" align="alignright" width="225"] Ms Rebecca Pang, Clinical Outreach Pharmacist at Peninsula Health.[/caption]

      Individuals in our community living with severe illnesses often rely on our services after they go home from hospital. How we manage and support their recovery during this time may reduce the number of unplanned hospital presentations and improve suboptimal patient‐reported outcomes (PROMS).

      Rebecca Pang, clinical outreach pharmacist at Peninsula Health. Ms Pang works within the Community Care at Peninsula Health, and is a contributor to the Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP). The program provides multidisciplinary care navigation to patients in the community, with the view of preventing unwarranted hospital admissions. Pang found that while the HARP care navigation model is of interest, there is conflicting evidence in the literature of its effectiveness and a systematic review of the effectiveness of community care navigation was needed.

      Her PhD is focussed on evaluating ...

    • Local leisure centres give a “nudge” increasing healthy options for our community

      Photo: Nudging healthier options at Civic Recreation Reserve (Civic) and Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC), Crib Point, Somerville Recreation Centre and Pines Forest Aquatic Centre (PINES) . 

      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 ...

    • 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 ...