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  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Erin Duffy

    Erin Duffy is a Mental Health Graduate Nurse at Peninsula Health.

    Name: Erin Duffy

    Job Title: Registered Nurse

    Stream: Mental Health

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

    A: After I completed my studies in Queensland and decided to move to Melbourne for my graduate year, I chose Peninsula Health based on the research I had conducted into hospitals in the area. Knowing that I wanted to enter a Mental Health graduate year, I saw that Peninsula Health offered a comprehensive program that fosters high-quality care in a range of diverse areas. Peninsula Health’s values also coincided with my personal values, namely a collaborative workplace that strives in excellence and career progression.

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

    A: The highlight of my graduate year has been working with the most amazing team of professionals who ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Melissa Molenaar

    Melissa Molenaar is a Cognition Clinical Nurse Consultant at Peninsula Health.

    Q: What is a Clinical Nurse Consultant?

    A: A Clinical Nurse Consultant is a nurse who has specialist knowledge and skills in their particular field and can be utilised as a resource within the clinical setting by staff, patients and carers. In my case I have a post graduate qualification in gerontology and a particular interest in working with people with dementia and delirium. In my 15 years of nursing, I’ve worked predominantly with the older population and find it very rewarding and challenging.

    Q: How long have you been in the role?

    A: I am coming up to my eighth year at Peninsula Health which has been predominantly working part time in this role.

    Q: What drew you to this job?

    A: I started in this role when my eldest daughter was turning one. It was part time and close to ...

  • Routine, connection and space: Staying healthy when working from home

    When working from home it's important to invest in daily rituals to help separate work and personal time.

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

    2020 has been chaotic and unexpected year so far.

    Like countless employees across many organisations, our health promotion team has transitioned to working from home (WFH) for this ever-changing period of Covid-19. 

    We have come across some great advice, coming from a wide range of reliable sources. We've also been hearing many useful tips, as they're shared among shared colleagues, friends and family.

    As this is now the new normal for many of us, we want to share some of our learnings to help you prioritise your health and wellbeing during this evolving time.

    Working from home with others in the house

    When it comes to WFH, many of us will find that we need to share a work space ...

  • Ralph finds work life balance on the Peninsula

    “You can’t find the kind of experience we’ve got in our Associate Nurse Unit Manager Group here”, says Ralph Maggio, the new Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) of Anaesthetics and Recovery in Surgical Services.

    “The first thing I noticed was how long people have been here. I’ve been really impressed with the experience in this team.”

    Born in the US to a Scottish mother and Italian American father, Ralph has lived and worked in the US and the UK, including eight years in the London Police.

    In his late twenties Ralph re-invented his career and became a nurse. After visiting Australia in 2003, he began what would become a 16 year tenure at Monash Health, the last ten years as NUM, Anaesthetics and ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Dr Jennifer Ngan

    Dr Jennifer Ngan is a medical intern at Peninsula Health.

    Q: What is your background?

    A: I studied a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne prior to going into a Bachelor Medicine and Surgery at Deakin University. I completed my clinical medical years in rural south-west Victoria at Hamilton and Warrnambool. I hope to bring the experiences I have gained from those hospitals to Peninsula Health and continue to grow and develop as a junior doctor.

    Q: What does your current role involve?

    A: I am currently on my General Medicine Rotation and so I look after patients with acute medical problems, ranging from heart and lung issues to general symptoms of unwellness for investigation. My role is quite varied involving; Assisting during ward rounds, charting medications, ordering investigations and liaising with other hospital team members in order to provide holistic and patient-centred care. Importantly, I ...

  • Frankston Preschool recognised as a health promoting early childhood service

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

    Frankston Preschool has become just the second early childhood service in the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula region as of January this year, to accomplish all six Achievement Program health priority areas.

    For this it’s received State Government recognition as a health promoting early childhood service.

    Health Promotion has supported the preschool with activities including, reviewing and updating their mental health and wellbeing and tobacco, alcohol and other drugs policies to align with Achievement Program requirements, and signing on to the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula SmokeFree Charter.

    The preschool which is a Community Kinders Plus service, registered with the Achievement Program back in 2013, and has been working hard at it ever since.

    One of the best things about the Achievement Program is that there is no time frame, schedule or order, within which the priority ...

  • A passion for compassion drives mental health case manager Cameron to greater heights

    This blog is written by Cameron Marshman, a Mental Health Case Manager at Peninsula Health.

    Hello all,

    Most nurses upon finishing their undergraduate degrees complete a graduate year program with various rotations in order to consolidate and expand their skills and knowledge. Those who enter into mental health often complete a further year as a post-graduate student. This also allows for the completion of post-graduate studies, to at least a graduate diploma level, required for work within Mental Health.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my first year as a graduate nurse with rotations in the Acute Aged Inpatient Unit and the newly built Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit (PAPU). These rotations really provided a strong foundation as I have moved forward with my career.

    My second year of work as a mental health nurse only opened my eyes and mind further. I was fortunate to be able to participate in the unique ...

  • Tennis club creates a welcoming environment for LGBTIQ community

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

    Sporting clubs can create a powerful ripple effect far beyond the playing field for LGBTIQ people and their allies. There are strategies clubs can adopt to make everyone; the players, the umpires, the volunteers and the spectators, feel that they belong and can freely participate. 

    Together with the Belvedere Park Tennis Club, Frankston City Council and LGBTIQ social group ‘Out on the Peninsula’, we celebrated Midsumma with a tennis and picnic day in Seaford.

    “We have created a safe and inclusive place for the rainbow community to come along and have some fun,” says Kerry Scott, President of Belvedere Park Tennis Club.

    “It’s a fantastic tennis club and we want to show our support for the LGBTIQ community, their families and their allies.”

    The LGBTIQ community make up ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Elly Archer

    Elly Archer is a Speech Pathologist at Peninsula Health

    Q: What is your current role A: I am a full time Speech Pathologist with the Allied Health Community Adult National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Team.

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health? A: I have been with Peninsula Health for almost 4 months. Prior to this, I worked with a private company for approximately 12 months in a similar role.

    Q: What do you do in your day to day role? A: I provide speech pathology for adults who are funded by the NDIS, which can involve:

    • Supporting participants between 18 and 65 years of age.
    • Travelling to participant’s homes and/or supported facilities to provide participants with an accessible service.
    • Completing comprehensive assessments and interventions for the participant’s communication and/or swallowing goals.
    • Making appropriate referrals to additional services to ensure my ...
    • An insight into being a graduate mental health nurse on the Adult Acute Inpatient Unit

      This blog is written by Erin Duffy, a Mental Health Graduate Nurse at Peninsula Health.

      Hi everyone,

      I write this having just spent the first year of my adult nursing career as a Graduate Registered Nurse, based in the specialty area of Mental Health at Peninsula Health’s Adult Acute Inpatient Unit.

      The Mental Health Graduate program is unique to other graduate programs because it offers two rotations in one year. These rotations could be across a number of areas, including the Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit, Adult Inpatient Unit, and the Aged Persons Inpatient and Residential Units.  

      When you are a student in the Mental Health Graduate Program at Peninsula Health, more rotations are to come in your second year. All the while, you are continuing your studies towards a Master of Mental ...