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  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Lee Burrell

    Name:  Lee Burrell

    Job title: Stomal Therapy Clinical Nurse Consultant

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

    A: 17 enjoyable years.

    Q: What is your background?  

    A: I started my nursing career at Mildura Base Hospital in 1983 as a State Enrolled Nurse for many years. During those year I was employed at country hospitals. In 1986 I started nursing at the Royal Melbourne. In 1990, I had the opportunity to go to college to become a Registered Nurse. My graduate year was at Monash Medical Centre and it was there an opening become available for a part time Stomal Therapy Nurse. I completed the Stomal therapy course in 1996. Opportunity knocked again – I was lucky to be employed by Peninsula Health.

    Q: What does a typical day in your role involve?  

    A: I work Monday to Friday.  Several times a week I start at 6:30am to ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Peter Jackson

    Name: Peter Jackson

    Job title: Clinical Coding & Casemix Manager

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

    A: I began working for Peninsula Health in 2002. In 2010 I went to work in rural Victoria, returning to Peninsula Health in 2014. So, altogether about 12 years.

    Q: What is your background – how did you end up in your current role?

    A: When I first started with Peninsula Health I worked as a casual ward clerk, eventually securing permanent employment in Rosebud Emergency Department. I also worked one day per week in Health Information Services (HIS), locating medical records for coding by the Health Information Manager (HIM). I completed the “Introduction to Clinical Coding” course from HIMAA on the suggestion of the HIM I was working with, and began my Coding career in HIS Frankston Hospital. Later, I completed the Bachelor of Health Information Management through Curtin ...

  • Caring for patients at the end of life

    Hi Everyone,

    Bronte here again! Well what a journey it has been over the past four months. The highs and lows have been absolutely overwhelming and I have never laughed, cried, run, eaten and hugged people so much in my life.

    Over the past four months I had been on Port Phillip Ward (orthopaedics and plastics) learning the ropes and securing my confidence in what I know and consolidating my nursing skills. The support I received on Port Phillip is second to none and I will be forever grateful for the experience I had on this busy, fast-paced ward. I learnt the absolute importance of working together with the multidisciplinary team to get people home or achieving their recovery goals. I learnt how important it is to take care of yourself and your fellow coworkers and I learnt the importance of being part of a family in the ...

  • Treating the person, not the illness

    The below blog is written by Dr Matthew Jakab, a Hospital Medical Officer in the Palliative Care Unit at Peninsula Health.

    As doctors we must ask ourselves, what is the point of medicine? We could give a trite answer of “to heal people”, yet that in itself seems quite superficial. Perhaps the better question is, why should we care about the sick? It’s a question that seems antithetical to the mind of a doctor. But we know that for Victoria alone, the health budget is $4.2 billion, of which most is spent on the sickest people [1].  There are limited resources but seemingly limitless areas to spend it on. Could it not be spent on improving the prosperity of already productive individuals?

    In Inuit culture, when someone got old or sick, they would leave them out in the icy cold to die [2]. It was necessary ...

  • Dispelling the male nursing myth

    The following blog is written by Tom Paterson, a graduate nurse at Peninsula Health. 

    If someone had of asked me four years ago if I envisioned myself becoming a nurse I probably would have responded no. Not because I’m not interested in healthcare rather because of the stereotypes attached to male nurses at this current point in time. The inaccurate and misleading stigma attached to nursing definitely had an impact in me shying away from conversations related to career aspirations and to a extent deterred me from what I now consider a great profession!

    Once I was able to move past these inaccurate views, I have really been able to appreciate and enjoy nursing for what it is. As I’ve recently discovered through my graduate year thus far the autonomy of the job is more then assisting people and writing notes – it has been actively engaging from ...

  • What does a physio do in the Intensive Care Unit?

    The following blog is written by Michael Wang.

    Hi, my name is Michael. I am the Senior Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Physiotherapist at Frankston Hospital, Peninsula Health.

    What can a physiotherapist do in Intensive Care you might ask? Every now and then I get the same question from my patients – the ones that are awake anyway.

    There is a lot that we do. Using the words of some of our pioneers in the field:

    An Intensive Care Physiotherapist is a part of the multidisciplinary team in most intensive care units in Australia (Skinner, 2008).

    Physiotherapists are primary contact practitioners and use a comprehensive multisystem assessment that includes the respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems to formulate individualized treatment plans (Denehy, 2006).

    Physiotherapists provide treatment for respiratory complications including the application of noninvasive ventilation and exercise and rehabilitation for the prevention and management of intensive care acquired weakness (ICUAW) and deconditioning ...

  • How clinical trials have shaped modern medicine

    Members of the ICU research team. 

    Did you know the first clinical trial took place in 1747?

    May 20 is International Clinical Trials Day.

    It commemorates the day James Lind started his study to determine the cause of scurvy. By dividing 12 sailors into separate groups and testing the effect of providing different treatments to each group, Lind was able to provide evidence of the link between fruit and preventing scurvy. This is the first recorded controlled clinical trial and changed modern medicine. Around the world International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials and research in healthcare. 

    The role of clinical trials in modern medicine

    Most modern medical treatments are a direct result of clinical research. New treatments for most diseases and conditions — including cancer, leukaemia, heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma — have been developed through ...

  • When the student becomes the teacher

    ‘The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.’ – Malcolm Forbes

    The following blog is written by Dr Anusha Jayasekera

    From day one of medical school, it is drummed into us that we have entered a lifelong profession of learning. This means that from the very beginning we are primed to be excellent students, with little thought given to the fact that we will one day also become the teachers.

    Teaching is a skill that is expected in the clinical environment, but not actively taught to young health professionals. It is largely assumed that we will just ‘pick it up’ along the way. However, like IV cannulation or a respiratory examination, clinical teaching is something that requires deliberate practice

    My first rotation was in Aged Psychiatry, and as the only intern on the ward it was a very steep learning curve. I was (and ...

  • A behind the scenes look at Intensive Care nursing

    My name is Isabella Alves-Ferreira, I am one of the new 2018 graduate nurses here at Peninsula Health.

    I never had a clear direction as to what I wanted to study straight out of high school. I felt an enormous amount of pressure at 17 years old to know what I wanted to be in life and to figure out my career in the short two years of VCE. I got into university first studying a Bachelor in Psychological Science. However, two years in, I found myself unfulfilled. It was after listening to the student nurses in the library talk about their projects that I made the best decision for my career and decided to dive into nursing.

    I am currently doing my first rotation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and so far my experience has been nothing short of amazing.  Starting off as a grad nurse ...

  • ‘Hi, I’m Megan and I’m going to be your nurse today’

    How bizarre that felt, to introduce myself as a ‘nurse’ - no longer the ‘student nurse working with so-and-so’; an actual nurse. Donning my scrubs and ID badge, and saying those words to my first patient, I felt an utter fraud! The transition from a student to a registered nurse is peculiar; spending three years being supervised in absolutely everything that you do (that’s right, no touching the IV pump without your buddy nurse watching!), to suddenly being on your own is a shock to the system. Except, we’re never really on our own.    

    I’ve commenced my grad year in the Emergency Department (ED) at Frankston and all I can say is – the entire ED team is extraordinarily supportive. There’s never a shortage of helping hands, answers to the endless questions posed by us grad nurses, or the offer of a chat or debrief after a ...