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  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Jeremy Weston

    Name:  Jeremy Weston

    Job title:  Mental Health Graduate Nurse

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?  

    A: First year at Peninsula Health completing my mental health graduate year.

    Q: What is your background?

    A: Originally my background is in aged care, where I worked part-time while studying my Bachelor of Nursing.  I first found a passion for mental health nursing when I had an excellent placement in a long stay inpatient mental health ward in Ballarat called Sovereign House.  Once I had completed the placement, I sought out educational avenues where possible, leading me to apply for a Mental Health Graduate Program.  Now I am 6 months into my Grad year undertaking my second rotation in 2 West and studying my Masters in Mental Health.  

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

    A: A day in 2 West is ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Meg

    Meg is a second year Grade 1 Speech Pathologist at Peninsula Health

    Q: What was your first job in speech pathology?

    A: I commenced my journey at Peninsula Health with a 6 month fixed term contract in the Children’s  Team Community Health.  Before that my first job was  in  Alice Springs which was great experience, also working with children. Q: What job do you have now?

    A: I have just started a 12 month fixed term contract in the Peninsula Health NDIS team working with children 0-18. Q: What do you like most about the team? 

    A: How supportive and encouraging the team is. Everyone looks out for each other and helps out when they can. Q: What is the biggest benefit of working at Peninsula Health?

    A: The constant opportunities to learn and grow as not only a clinician but also as a person. ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Telford Bray

    Name: Telford Bray

    Job title:  (Acting) Nurse Unit Manager Community Care Unit

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?  

    A: I have worked at Peninsula Health for the past 5 years.

    Q: What is your background?

    A: My professional background is working as a Mental Health Nurse. I am currently employed as a Mental Health Associate Nurse Unit Manager and am currently acting as the Nurse Unit Manager for the Community Care Unit. I came into my current role by being passionate about mental health and demonstrating autonomy as well as leadership skills. My passion for mental health nursing initially started when I was completing my nursing undergraduate degree at Monash University due to having an amazing mental health placement, from this it gave me a clear direction of where I would like to take my nursing career. As a result of this passion I have completed ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Meet Dr Ashley Leadbeatter

    Dr Ashley Leadbeatter farewelled Nottingham – the place better known as Robin Hood’s home town – for Australia 11 years ago.

     “I got a training job as an anaesthetist in the UK but at the same time I got offered a job on the Gold Coast,” says Ashley. “I had not been over to Australia before but I looked at some pictures on the internet and it looked incredible so I decided to emigrate. It was the best decision I ever made.”

    The Emergency Consultant went on to work as a locum around the country before settling in Melbourne and joining Peninsula Health.

    “I bought a 4WD and drove between lots of the different places – it was a good way to see the country and get experience working in new places.”

    Ashley decided to specialise in Emergency Medicine and became a FACEM (Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Meet Jane Roberts

    When Jane Roberts joined Peninsula Health 13 years ago, she was working as a physiotherapist in the Rehabilitation Unit. Fast forward to 2019 and Jane is the Operations Director of Medicine, where she manages more than 160 beds at Frankston Hospital.

    Jane took on a number of leadership roles after joining Peninsula Health, which led to her appointment as Operations Director – Sub Acute.

    “At the time I was the first non-nurse at Peninsula Health in the role,” says Jane. “It was a bit unusual then but it’s a lot more common now for people with different backgrounds to have this position.”

    After three years managing Sub Acute, Jane made the move to her current role Operations Director – Medicine.

    “What you do in a day is never what you expect to do – you have to be adaptable and flexible,” she says.

    “I start the ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health Q&A with Social Worker Breanne

    Job title: Women’s and Children’s Health Social Worker

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?  

    A: 4 years

    Q: What is your background?  

    A: I completed my Bachelor of Social Work at RMIT. I applied for a job at Peninsula Health as a new graduate and have worked here since.

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

    A: I work on the Maternity Ward, Special Care Nursery, Children’s Ward and in the Antenatal Clinic. My role varies day to day. It starts with a handover with the Women’s Health Unit team which helps to establish who needs to see me that day. I work with children and families to address any needs they have when they come to hospital or during pregnancy. These needs could be related to mental health, housing, trauma, family violence, drug and alcohol issues, bereavement and providing information for families ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Brydee and Lisa

    Brydee Dullard and Lisa Beckinsale are Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department at Frankston Hospital.

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

    Brydee: 8 years

    Lisa: 19 years

    Q: What is your background?

    Brydee:

    • 2011: Graduate Program at Peninsula Health.
    • 2012: Employed by the Emergency Department.
    • 2013: Graduate Certificate in Critical care Nursing
    • 2016: Commenced Masters of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner
    • 2019: Endorsed to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner

    Lisa:

    • 2001 employment at PH Frankston ED
    • 2003 Grad Certificate Emergency Nursing
    • 2016 completed (2year course) Masters of Nursing- Nurse Practitioner
    • Endorsement 2017

    In addition to the above, both Lisa and Brydee have taken on other various roles both at Peninsula Health and elsewhere to gain further experience and knowledge.

    Q: Can you explain what you do as a Nurse Practitioner in the ED? What does a typical day in your role involve?

    As a Nurse Practitioner in Emergency our role is to promote positive outcomes for the patients ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Meet Colleen White

    Mother of six, marathon runner and Operations Director of Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent Health, Colleen White, started at Peninsula Health six months ago.

    “I’m loving working here – this is where I live and it’s nice to feel like I am making a difference in my community,” she says.

    “The team here are fabulous – they are positive, passionate and committed to implementing new programs and practices that are better for women and children.”

    Colleen started her career as a nurse in neurosurgery, before moving into midwifery which led to several management roles at Monash Health.

    “I went to Casey Hospital when it first opened as an Associate Midwifery Unit Manager, then I became the Unit Manager and went on to manage the whole maternity service,” explains Colleen.

    “I had never done any management before I took on Casey. I learnt a lot and had really good mentors. My advice to ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Ticki

    Name: Denise ‘Ticki’ Donnelly

    Job title: MePACS Monitor

    Q: How long have you worked at MePACS?

    A: I have worked with Peninsula Health for over six years, with the last four years at MePACS.

    Q: What is your background?

    A: I have a Certificate 3 in Health and also a Diploma of Community Service specialising in Case Management. These qualifications gave me the opportunity to work in many wards and departments across Peninsula Health including Rehabilitation, Palliative Care and Emergency. Then I moved into a role which involved talking to people on the phone in the allocations department and then when a role came up within the MePACS team I jumped at it– I just love talking to our customers and making a difference to our clients.

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

    A: My role at MePACS is responding ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Matt Baynes

    Name: Matt Baynes

    Job title: Senior Clinician – RN Grade 4 Year 5 – Mornington Team – Adult Community Mental Health Team

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

    A: I will have worked for Peninsula Health for 19 years in January 2019

    Q: What is your background?

    A: I am a registered nurse with a degree in general nursing and a post graduate diploma of mental health nursing. I started with Peninsula Health in 2000, working on 3 North, I then worked in 4 G North where I was a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and during this time I also did a secondment as the no lift coordinator. I then went back to University and completed a Post Graduate Diploma and then worked on the Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit, 2 West, as an Associate Nurse Unit Manager for 6 years. I also worked in the ...