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  • 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 ...

  • Our community want their plate full of local, healthy and abundant food

    Frankston South Saints and Carrum Netball Club players at the launch of the Community Plate at the Frankston District Netball Association, Jubilee Park. Picture: Supplied. This photo was taken prior to Covid-19 restrictions.

    This blog was written by Rebecca Long, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    The Community Plate (TCP) is a collective of local organisations, groups and individuals working together to realise our newly announced Community Aspiration, that ‘we are all connected to food that is local, healthy and abundant.’

    TCP has dedicated a large amount of time to develop this Community Aspiration.

    Over an 18 month period TCP held in depth discussions with a wide range of stakeholders and community members to develop this authentic, localised vision that will guide all future work.

    "We spent a lot of time to ensure that we got our Community Aspiration right. We spoke with many, many people and developed an aspiration ...

  • Pain: Finding the Way Forward with Psychology

    This blog is written by Luke Parrott, Clinical Psychologist, Persistent Pain Management Service, Peninsula Health. 

    With more than one in five people experiencing persistent pain it is quite likely that either you or someone you know suffers with it. Pain that goes on long after the tissues of the body are expected to heal following an injury or that seemingly appears out of nowhere and continues on without any discernible triggering incident can be both perplexing and troubling for the sufferer.

    Most commonly, and understandably, people will consult medical professionals to investigate the source of pain and seek interventions to fix it.

    With acute pain this can be effective, however, the evidence tells us that when pain persists the strategies employed to help people with acute pain – rest, medications, surgeries, and other tissue-based interventions – are frequently ineffective on their own and all too often a vicious cycle ...

  • 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: ...