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  • Food for the mind: Boosting your mental wellbeing

    This blog was written by Andie Murphy, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    October is World Mental Health month, which led me to think about the effects COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions were having on my own and my families physical and mental wellbeing. So I decided to look deeper at the link between the food we eat and its effects on our mental wellbeing. I commenced by observing what foods I was eating when I was feeling stressed and anxious.

    My observations, that you too may be able to relate to, were:

    • Feeling ‘hangry’ – (hunger and angry at the same time) when a meal is skipped or meal time is late
    • Feeling a sense of brain fog or decrease in energy, particularly in the afternoon
    • Starting to crave and reach out for those higher in sugar foods
    • Allowing emotions to influence meal choices
    • Uncertainty around whether you are hungry or thirsty.

    On reflection, ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Jade Robinson

    Jade shares her experiences of when she was a nursing student in the Monash @ Peninsula (M@P) program.

    Q: What was the best thing about the M@P program?

    A: The M@P program provided continuity of learning opportunities for me during my undergraduate studies. As I was guaranteed to have all of my clinical placements within the same health organisation, I was able to understand and easily use the documentation, medication charts and online systems within my first placement. This allowed me to redirect my focus on learning new clinical skills and critical thinking from day one of every placement. The ratio of clinical facilitator to students is immensely beneficial, you aren’t just another number or student to them. They really get to know you and are able to guide you through as your develop your clinical skills and confidence.

    Q: What was the clinical facilitator support like?

    A: You couldn’t ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Nicholas van Veen

    Nicholas shares his experiences of when he was a nursing student in the Monash @ Peninsula (M@P) program and Peninsula Health registered undergraduate student of nursing (RUSON).

    Q: What’s the best thing about being in the M@P program?

    A: I have to choose one? There's so much great about the program!

    I think the best thing is consistently having placement with Peninsula Health! It is an amazing health service with amazing core values that have been reflected in every staff member I've come across during my placements, whether they are a PSA, doctor, buddy nurse, facilitator or member of the interdisciplinary team, they have all been welcoming and supportive of me.

    Peninsula Health also has lots of learning opportunities, with my placements including Rehab, Mental Health, Surgical, Oncology, Cardiac, but that’s to name a few of the many specialties within Peninsula Health, each with exciting new learning opportunities to further our ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Tessa Slinger

    Tessa shares her experiences of when she was a nursing student in the Monash @ Peninsula (M@P) program.

    Q: What was the best thing about the M@P program?

    A: Having the same facilitators throughout my placements, has allowed me to grow more as a student nurse, as I was able to form good relationships with them. This helped me become more comfortable in asking questions and for guidance as they began to understand my strengths and weaknesses over time and in turn build on them to enable me to become a better nurse.

    Q: What was the clinical facilitator support like?

    A: From my experience, all my facilitators were easily contactable during any time of the day, for help with a clinical skill or just someone to debrief with.  They were approachable and were regularly on the wards checking in on you. The support was encouraging and valuable to my experience and ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Joshua Hermans

    Josh is a final year registered nursing student in the Monash @ Peninsula (M@P) program.

    When he’s not on placement, Josh works for Peninsula Health as a RUSON (Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing), supporting our ward staff with patient care.

    Q: What’s the best thing about being in the M@P program?

    A: The M@P program was highly beneficial for the development of my nursing practice as it offered the opportunity to experience repeated placements under one organisation with endless support and guidance. One of the best things about the program was the support and the freedom to preference a particular area for acute placements where timetables were extremely flexible. 

    Q: How has the experience of being a RUSON helped your learning?

    A: The RUSON role has helped develop my confidence in my nursing practice and has provided a greater understanding of the day to day operations of a public health organisation. 

    Q: ...

  • Creating a safe place for learning at Carrum Downs Secondary College

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

    It is no secret that 2020 has been an extremely challenging year.

    With Frankston and Mornington Peninsula communities learning and working remotely at the moment, the Health Promotion Team at Peninsula Health has had to think creatively and change how we support schools, sporting clubs and workplaces to be healthy settings.

    Despite the challenging circumstances, this month, our Health Promotion Team worked closely with Carrum Downs Secondary College, to receive recognition from Victoria Government for their hard work in promoting mental health and wellbeing at school.

    The school has solid programs in place, such as SAFE Minds, a framework which enables teachers to quickly identify students who may be struggling with their mental health, by identifying symptoms early, linking students to the mental health support they need to thrive.

    The school supports the wellbeing of students, ...

  • Communicating confidently during Covid-19

    This blog is written by Peninsula Health Speech Pathologist Sharon Flitman. 

    As for everyone, 2020 has been a disruptive year in the Speech Pathology world.

    Working with adult populations, much of our work involves ‘aerosol generating procedures’ – tasks that induce coughing, singing, and voice projection – which are no-go zones in the current coronavirus climate.

    Other assessments and therapies are impossible to provide while wearing masks.

    Masked mouths are not conducive to conducting swallowing assessments. Nor is it so easy to deliver ‘masked’ therapy for apraxia of speech, which often requires a person to watch their own mouth in a mirror, or watch the therapist’s mouth as a model.

    But fortunately, the COVID cloud has a silver lining for 'Speechies'.

    For those open to embracing technology, the unusual current context has provided an opportunity to explore the previously unchartered waters of telehealth. And for some of our patients and clients, this ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Simone Artico

    Intensive Care Unit registered nurse Simone Artico opens up on her experience of postgraduate studies. 

    Name: Simone Artico

    Job Title: Registered Nurse

    Postgraduate stream: Intensive Care Unit

    Institution studied with: Monash University

    Q: What motivated you to enrol in postgraduate studies?

    A: Well it was more that I was highly, highly encouraged to upskill! I hadn't actually considered postgraduate studies as I held many reservations after being only months out of my grad year and the prospect of studying again was eh! daunting, plus - did I even know enough to pull postgraduate studies off? I'd seen what those postgraduate studies students go through and I was still trying to consolidate knowledge learned from undergrad, so this next step seemed mighty ambitious.

    Q: Can you describe a part of your course when you remember having that ‘lightbulb’ moment?

    A: Not as yet! I'm still in the throes of information overload, fighting with my memory ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Jacob Cardenas

    Emergency nurse Jacob Cardenas is consolidating his learning and skills through postgraduate studies. 

    Name: Jacob Cardenas

    Job Title: Emergency Care Registered Nurse

    Postgraduate stream: Emergency

    Institution studied with: Monash University

    Q: What motivated you to enrol in postgraduate studies?

    A: I’ve always had a passion for wanting to help others and give back to our community through Emergency Nursing. Ever since I completed the Graduate Nursing Program with Peninsula Health, I have been inspired to progress my career in the direction of post graduate studies in Emergency Nursing. The nature of the department is unique, controlled chaos that is unparalleled than any other specialty.

    Q: Can you describe a part of your course when you remember having that ‘lightbulb’ moment?

    A:  The first time I assisted with a Rapid Sequence Induction (RSI) was my ‘lightbulb’ moment. Considering how critically unwell the patient was I realised how empowering my skillset and contribution was to the overall outcome of ...

  • Healthy habits to hold onto during the pandemic

    Many people are discovering more time for things during Covid-19 restrictions.

    This blog was written by Madeline Tatham, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    We all know that it is important for our health to be physically active, and we are learning more and more about the importance of taking care of our mental health, and how this impacts our overall health. But not everyone knows the significance of the relationship between our physical and mental health, and how the two interact.

    So in this piece we explore this a little further. We’ve also included some snaps of out team members throughout doing their own joyful movement!

    Maintaining mental health and regular physical activity is more important now than ever

    In this article by The Conversation, the authors highlight that stress has been a major implication for many during the coronavirus pandemic. But on a more positive note, they ...