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A new Chief Executive for Peninsula Health

Felicity Topp is the new Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Health, replacing Sue Williams who left the organisation late last year. Ms Topp joins Peninsula Health from the Peter MacCullum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, where she was Deputy Chief Executive and prior to that, the Chief Operating Officer. “Peninsula Health has been transformed over the […]

Retired nurse enjoys giving back to the Western Port community

Sue King.  Hastings local Sue King is passionate about her role as a community advisory group member at Peninsula Health. “I was coming up to retirement and thought I needed to do some voluntary work,” explains Sue. “I’d done some social voluntary work through sporting clubs over the years and I thought I want something […]

Compliance in heart failure care

Kim Woolley, Heart Failure Nurse, with patient, Osborne Joseph. With the increasing prevalence of mobile devices in everyday life, there is great opportunity for this technology to be used to help in the management of chronic diseases. In partnership with MePACS, CSIRO and Med-Tech solutions, researchers are looking at how mobile technology can be used […]

Steph lands dream nursing job at Frankston Hospital

Steph with Executive Director of Nursing, Fiona Reed, at the Nursing & Midwifery Certificate & Awards Presentation last month.  Steph Kierce always wanted to be a nurse. However it took a visual merchandising degree and many years working at the local bakery before she landed her dream job as a registered nurse on Bass Ward […]

Dad thanks Frankston Emergency Department for taking care of his daughters

Rex with his daughters Linda and Janine. Late last year Rex Buckeridge rushed to Frankston Emergency Department (ED) to meet his daughter, who had gone straight to the ED when she found herself struggling to breathe.  A few weeks later Rex was back at his local hospital again, this time after his other daughter suffered […]

Meet the nurse on the frontline of Peninsula Health’s cardiology research

After starting her career as a nurse, Julie Plunkett has spent much of her life co-ordinating research projects, most recently in the cardiology department at Peninsula Health. “I have an enquiring mind – I’m always asking why which is how I became involved in research,” explains Julie. “I find it very rewarding. I see things […]

A life-saving stent stops history repeating

Bruce feels much better after having a stent put in to unblock his arteries. “My eyesight started to fade and it was like when you’re flying in an aeroplane through a cloud – initially you just see some white but then it quickly turns completely white and you can’t see at all, then it went […]

Finding time for heart attacks using Google technology

Associate Professor Richard Beare, cardiologist Dr Justin Cole and Professor Jamie Layland. With heart attacks, not only do patients need to get to hospital quickly, staff on call also need to get to hospital as speedily as possible. Professor Jamie Layland heads the Cardiovascular Research Unit at Peninsula Health. Much of Professor Layland’s research is […]

New book showcases art and creative writing from Acute Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Frankston Hospital

Julie with one of her artworks included in the book and peer worker Jesse Cross. Julie Kennedy loves to paint. “I find it very therapeutic and relaxing,” explains Julie. “It brings out a lot of emotions. I find on my darker days I use darker colours and on my happier days I tend to gravitate […]

Local surfer one of 44 new junior doctors joining Peninsula Health

Dr Sam Johnson grew up surfing on the Mornington Peninsula. The 25-year-old is excited to be back in the area to complete his graduate year in medical training, after spending the last few years studying at Melbourne University. “I used to surf heaps before medicine, then it went on the back burner, but hopefully now […]