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  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Fleur Dodds

    Name:  Fleur Dodds

    Job title: Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

    A: I have worked in the Rosebud Emergency Department for 2 years.

    Q: What is your background? 

    A: I am a Critical Care Registered Nurse. I spent many years working in ICU before heading on a working holiday around Australia with my family. I then worked at an Emergency Department of a small hospital, in a remote, coastal town of WA. I quickly fell in love with working & living in a small community, and the reward this offers. This is what drew me to working at Rosebud ED when we moved back to the Mornington Peninsula.

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

    A: Each shift is different and it’s the variety that I enjoy. You need to be prepared for what may come through the door and follow a ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Meet Peter Ryan

    Behind the scenes, there are many dedicated staff members like Peter Ryan, who help keep the health service running every day.

    “Cleaners have a very important role – we keep the germs away,” says Peter, who is part of Peninsula Health’s Environmental Services Team.

    “If it wasn’t for our team the place would be a mess!”

    Peter started at Peninsula Health seven years ago, and has enjoyed working in different areas of the health service.

    “I started as a PSA but then I decided that wasn’t for me,” he explains.

    “Then I got a job as the pot man, scrubbing pots and pans in the kitchen.”

    This role led Peter into cleaning. He started cleaning the kitchen and then took on a new role, cleaning in the Emergency Department (ED).

    “There were lots of early starts when I worked in ED.”

    “Then last year I got a job working in Environmental Services during the ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Dr Anjali Khushu

    Dr Anjali Khushu is the Head of Geriatric Medicine at Peninsula Health.

    She joined Peninsula Health in 2008 after working as a Consultant Geriatrician at Monash Health.

    She shares what she enjoys most about her role at Peninsula Health and has some important health tips. 

    Q: Why did you decide to specialise in geriatric medicine?

    A: I came across some very inspirational geriatricians while I was training who made medicine look like an art. It is a speciality which required the skill to use technical knowledge contextually and that appealed to me. Over the decades our focus in the health sector has shifted from mere prolongation of life to understanding what matters to people in life and death. Geriatricians have a huge role to play in promoting this idea and I find this approach fascinating and very rewarding.

    Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

    A: The variety. There ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Jessie Cafarella

    Name: Jessie Cafarella

    Job title:  Speech Pathologist

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

    A: Just over a year

    Q: What is your background? (ie qualification, how did you come into this role?)

    A: I have a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Speech Pathology Practice. Once I graduated, I spent 18 months working in Adelaide under the National Disability Insurance Agency, with Adelaide being the trial state for the Early Intervention sector. I quickly found my passion in working with kids and their families, particularly those with more significant needs and was lucky enough to get my position at Peninsula Health which allowed me to move back home to Melbourne.

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

    A: My role in the Children’s Team is quite varied so I don’t have a typical day – which I love! I see kids in a ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Rosie Watson

    Name: Rosie Watson

    Job title: Paediatric Speech Pathologist

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

    A: I have worked at Peninsula Health for three months now, however I volunteered here as a student for almost two years prior to that.

    Q: What is your background?

    A: I have a Bachelor in Health Sciences and a Master of Speech Pathology. I was confident in knowing that I wanted to work within the paediatric population as a high school student, and thought teaching would be the career for me. Whilst on work experience at a primary school, I saw a Speech Pathologist in action, and thought that’s the career for me!

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

    A: I can see 4 – 5 individual clients each day and work on various speech, language and fluency goals with them. My individual sessions are high energy with ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Meet Florin Vahgelt

    Florin Vahgelt has wanted to work in oral health since she was a young girl.

    “I was bullied for my teeth when I was young,” recalls Florin.

    “Then when I got braces it instantly changed my life, so I wanted to get into something where I could change other people’s lives as well. I think it’s a perfect match for me, I love smiling!.”

    After studying a Bachelor of Oral Health, Florin qualified as an Oral Health Therapist this year.

    “I perform mainly hygiene on adults and a combination of restorative and preventative dentistry on adolescents and children,” explains Florin.

    “I have always wanted to work in the public system and I was so excited when I was offered a position with Peninsula Health after doing placement here last year.”

    Florin has been enjoying her role working at Frankston and Hastings Community Health Centres since January.

    “I love the workplace and it’s diversity” ...

  • 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 ...

  • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Louise Shorten

    Name: Louise Shorten

    Role at Peninsula Health: Emergency Department (ED) nurse

    How long have you worked at Frankston ED for?

    Five years. After my graduate year with Peninsula Health I began working in Emergency full time and this year I advanced my scope of practice within the department by completing my post graduate certificate in emergency care. 

    What does a typical shift in your role involve? Is there such a thing?

    No two shifts are ever the same in Emergency! Every day in Emergency brings a new challenge, some days are physically exhausting and others mentally draining, however the team at Frankston is like my second family and we always pull through together.  

    Why did you decide to pursue a career in Emergency nursing?

    There has always been something really addictive about the adrenaline rush you get whilst working in Emergency, you never know what presentation is going to walk through ...

  • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q & A with Annabel Cooper

    Name: Annabel Cooper

    Role: Physiotherapist, Children’s Services Team

    What does a typical day in your role involve?

    I am the physiotherapist with the Children’s Services Community Health team. My role involves seeing families with little ones up to school age who have gross motor developmental issues. For example, I work with babies who might have plagiocephaly (misshapen heads or ‘flat spots’), torticollis (tight necks) or developmental delay (e.g. difficulty rolling, sitting, crawling, walking). I also see children with postural variations that could affect their walking (e.g. in-toeing, out-toeing, knock knees, bowlegs) and others who might be a bit clumsy or struggling to keep up to their friends in the playground. There’s always lots of variety and play, so it’s a fun job!

    Why did you decide to pursue a career in this field?

    I started working as a physio with adults, which I also enjoyed, but then almost fell into this ...