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  • 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 ...

  • The simple things during Covid-19: The feeling of clean fresh air

    This blog was written by Natalie Oldaker, Health Promotion Team Leader at Peninsula Health.

    Currently we are in the heart of winter, yet there is nothing like the feeling of clean fresh air.

    When someone says the phrase ‘clean fresh air’, you imagine stepping outside on a lovely day with blue skies and filling the lungs with a single, deep and slow breath.

    You may even opt for a walk, ride or visit to the local park!

    To help everyone do this in a clean and healthy place, local partners across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region have worked hard to reduce second hand smoke in a number of places across our community.

    It's places like sports facilities, cafés and shopping centres that have welcomed smoke free areas to help support the health and wellbeing of others.

    We know it’s more important than ever to keep well and our immune system strong. ...

  • The simple things during Covid-19: Enjoying life with great food

    This blog was written by Natalie Oldaker, Health Promotion Team Leader at Peninsula Health.

    An exciting life is one of stimulating experiences.

    Currently some of these are on hold for you, but there are still some simple ways we can continue enjoying life such as with great tasty food.

    There is no denying that we all love a good meal. It makes us feel good, puts a smile on our face and has us craving for more.

    And it’s no myth how healthy food and drinks help us go about our day with more ease and energy.

    So with this in mind, and our current climate where both physical and mental health are fundamental, we could all do with more fresh, healthy food in our lives.

    To give everyone a fair and equal chance to have control over their health, local partners across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region have worked together ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Casey Johnson

    Registered nurse Casey Johnson believes nursing is a career which offers endless opportunities to personally and professionally grow. 

    Name: Casey Johnson

    Job Title: Registered Nurse

    Postgraduate stream: Intensive Care Stream

    Institution studied with: Monash University

    Q: What motivated you to enrol in postgraduate studies? A: Since commencing my career in nursing I have strived to further my skills and knowledge base, as I’m a true believer that every day we can learn something new, particularly in this evolving profession. Florence Nightingale herself once said “let us never consider ourselves finished nurses… we must be learning all of our lives”.

    I remember commencing in Intensive Care as a Graduate Nurse being in awe of the skill and knowledge of the CCRN’s. Some in particular really motivated and inspired me to commence post graduate studies and have shaped my nursing practise forever. I aspire to be the approachable, supportive ...

  • How Health Promotion is making a difference in our community

    Peninsula Health's Health Promotion team visits The Briars in Mount Martha.

    This blog was written by Belinda Tascone, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    What is Health Promotion?

    Health Promotion work focuses on preventing ill-health or injury, by taking action to improve the health and wellbeing of the whole population (rather than individuals) before the onset of illness or injury.

    The Health Promotion team at Peninsula Heath are guided by the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019–2023, which focuses on the key areas listed below. Peninsula Health’s Health Promotion Team focuses on some of these areas across the community in places like schools, sporting clubs and within our very own workplace at Peninsula Health.

    • Tackling climate change and its impact on health
    • Reducing injury
    • Preventing all forms of violence
    • Increasing healthy eating
    • Decreasing the risk of drug resistant infections in the community
    • Increasing active living
    • Improving mental wellbeing
    • Improving sexual and reproductive health
    • Reducing tobacco-related harm
    • Reducing harmful ...
    • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Abby Filliponi

      Registered nurse Abby Filliponi has worked at Peninsula Health for eight years, progressing her career with Perioperative and Emergency postgraduate studies. 

      Name: Abby Filliponi

      Job Title: Clinical Nurse Specialist

      Postgraduate stream:  Perioperative (2019), Emergency (2016)

      Institution studied with: La Trobe University, Monash University

      Q: What motivated you to enrol in postgraduate studies?

      A: I knew studying the perioperative course would enable me to become more confident throughout all areas of theatre. I was eager to learn more about each surgery, which would ensure I was able to provide the best care to my patients.

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

      A:  I remember having multiple light bulb moments. A majority of them were while learning about how involved each surgery was. I found I was able to better relate to how much pain my patients usually experience post operatively. Understanding the mechanisms behind the ...

    • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Andrew Hindmarsh

      Graduate nurse Andrew Hindmarsh puts the welcoming environment at Peninsula Health down to the "friendly, approachable, and supportive" staff.

      Name: Andrew Hindmarsh

      Job Title: Registered Nurse

      Stream: Graduate Nurse Program General Stream

      Q: Why did you decide to complete your graduate year at Peninsula Health?

      A: During my studies I was fortunate enough to have had 15 weeks of placement with Peninsula Health, while being employed with another major health service. I found Peninsula Health staff were friendly, approachable, and supportive to their colleagues as well as myself as a student at the time. I appreciated the culture, and particularly how welcoming the people were to newcomers in the profession. The other major drawing point for me was the number of graduate rotations. I wanted to experience various areas of nursing during my graduate year, so Peninsula Health providing three rotations interested me. For example, this year I have rotations in ...

    • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Whitney Elliott

      Whitney Elliott says she landed her "dream job" as a graduate nurse at Peninsula Health.

      Name: Whitney Elliott

      Job Title: Graduate Registered Nurse

      Stream: General Nursing Stream

      Q: Why did you decide to complete your graduate year at Peninsula Health?

      A: I have wanted to work for Peninsula Health since I was 10 years old. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a nurse and when it came to finding the dream job, Frankston Hospital was my first and second choice. I grew up and went to school on the Peninsula, so to land a graduate year at Peninsula Health felt like a dream come true. I always wanted to care for the community I was raised in, and nursing in the heart of Frankston is everything I had hoped for.

      Q: What has been a highlight of your graduate year?

      A: I have loved my Graduate year ...

    • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Sena Ahadzi

      Graduate nurse Sena Ahadzi can recall many highlights during her first year with Peninsula Health. 

      Name: Sena Ahadzi

      Job Title: Graduate Nurse and Midwife

      Stream: Dual Degree Graduate Year

      Q: Why did you decide to complete your graduate year at Peninsula Health?

      A: I decided to complete my grad year with Peninsula Health because even though I had been placed at various hospitals as a student, the staff at Peninsula Health were always extremely welcoming and warm, not only with each other but to their students and visitors. The continuous support, compassion and consideration for each other was (and still is) overwhelmingly encouraging and I always wished to be a part of the team.

      Q: What has been a highlight of your graduate year?

      A: The highlights of my Grad Year here have been so many, but I fondly remember my very worst day ending with such positivity, consequently encouraging ...