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  • 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 ...

  • 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 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 ...
    • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Dr Mikaela Brusasco

      Dr Mikaela Brusasco is a medical intern at Peninsula Health. 

      Q: What is your background?

      A:  I completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedicine and then a postgraduate degree in Medicine, both at the University of Melbourne. I paid my way through university doing part-time hospitality jobs, including one where my job was to bake the treats at a café!

      Q: What does your current role involve?

      A: I am currently working in the Emergency Department (ED) at Rosebud Hospital. It’s a really interesting experience being the first point of contact for patients, providing them with reassurance and investigating their symptoms. I have seen a wide range of presentations which has really helped with my clinical skills.

      Q: Why did you decide to do you intern year at Peninsula Health?

      A:  I didn’t have much experience of Peninsula Health before I came here. I came along to ...

    • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Carol Gore

      Name: Carol Gore

      Job title: Stroke Nurse Practitioner

      Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?  

      A: Over 30 years

      Q: What is your background?

      A: I originally worked at The Mount Eliza Centre as a Patient Services Assistant. The Director of Nursing encouraged me to study to be a Registered Nurse. I completed my initial nursing training at Epworth Hospital and later returned to work at Peninsula Health as an ANUM. I then completed a transition to a Bachelor of Nursing Degree through Monash University. I was doing further postgraduate studies in stroke when Peninsula Health approached me to become a Nurse Practitioner Candidate. I then completed a Masters of Health Science (Stroke Management Specialisation) through the University of Newcastle. I included several specific Nurse Practitioner subjects in my study through collaboration with Monash University and was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner by AHPRA in 2012. I ...

    • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Lisa Taylor

      Name: Lisa Taylor

      Job title: Oncology/Haematology Nurse Practitioner

      Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?  

      A: I have worked in the Chemotherapy Day Unit since 2003.

      Q: What is your background?

      A: After completing Hospital Training at Box Hill Hospital 1991, I completed my graduate year with a rotation on the medical oncology ward and I knew I wanted to become a cancer nurse. I worked overseas from 1995-2003 at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre. In numerous roles, Staff Nurse Acute Haematology, Stem Cell Transplant, Nurse Clinician (Oncology) and Education Co-Ordinator. On return to Australia I have worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant since 2003 and always wanted to be able to provide a service where patients did not have to wait for assessment and decisions. I interviewed and was successful in the Oncology Nurse Practitioner Candidate role at Peninsula Health, which was a ...

    • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q & A with long-serving staff member Patsy Smith

      Patsy Smith (centre) with Executive Directors Associate Professor Vikas Wadhwa and Fiona Reed at the Service Award Ceremony. 

      This month Patsy Smith was presented with an extraordinary 45 year Service Milestone Award at the Service Award Ceremony.

      Q: What do you do?

      A: I am a Mothercraft Nurse and I work on the ward in the Women’s Health Unit. I introduce myself and my role to the mothers as being able to help with anything to do with your babies! I educate and assist new parents in those early days after delivery on nappy changing, dressing and undressing babe, bathing and breast or bottle feeding. I give the daily breast feeding talk on the ward where all mothers are able to attend and ask any questions that they may have with their babies.

      Q: What do you like most in your job?

      A: Love a good cuddle ...

    • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Kristi Schneider

      Every month a former patient puts $25 cash in an envelope and has a friend drop it in to the Frankston Integrated Health Centre reception. Kristi Schneider, Fundraising Coordinator, posts the man a receipt with a personal thank you every time. “I give every donor a receipt and a handwritten thank you,” explains Kristi. “My appreciation is sincere, whether they are giving $5 or $200.”

      As well as managing donations and the donor database, Kristi is the first point of contact for all donors. “Donations arriving in the post often come with dried flowers or long notes about why they are donating – usually because they’ve had such good care from our staff,” says Kristi. “When I talk to donors over the phone they tell me about medical issues, family members, divorces and all sorts of personal things.”

      A Hastings resident and mother to two teenagers, Rylee and ...

    • Q&A with Dr Stuart Marshall

      Dr Stuart Marshall, Anaesthetist, Director of Clinical Training and Intern Training, Medical Director of the Simulation Centre.

      Q: What do you do?

      A: I have a diverse role here, as an anaesthetist, Director of Clinical Training and Intern Training and Medical Director of the Simulation Centre. In all of these roles I’m involved in the education of junior and sometimes senior medical staff, nurses and allied health staff.

      Q: What do you like most in your job?

      A: Lately I’ve been around and about on the wards doing ‘in-situ’ simulation scenarios for both education and to work out how we can improve our processes to ultimately improve the safety and efficiency of the care we provide.

      Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

      A: As well as being an anaesthetist, I also have a PhD in psychology and am interested in how health professionals cope – ...

    • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Janine Davies

      Name: Janine Davies 

      Job: Director of Mental Health Nursing

      Q: What do you do?

      A: I support, empower and provide professional guidance to approximately 250 nurses who work in Mental Heath Services throughout multiple sites. I ensure nurses deliver the highest standards of patient centred care every day. I love my job! Being in a job where you can make a difference every day is a privilege. As health professionals sometimes we never will know the impact we have had in someone's life when patients and their loved ones are going through the most challenging times in their lives.

      Q: What do you like most in your job?

      A: I love to inspire and empower nurses within their career to reach their aspirations. I believe if you invest in nurses then patient experience improves. When I think about what kind of nurse I would want for ...