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Keep your blood pressure in check

High blood pressure triggers more heart attacks and strokes in Victoria than any other cause. Dr Phil Carrillo, Head of the Peninsula Health Heart Service, shares some advice on how to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Dr Phil’s simple rules: Stop adding salt to your cooking & remove salt from the dinner table. Go for […]

A dental check-up saved Rodney’s life

Robyn Brunn says the Peninsula Health Dental Service saved her husband’s life. “My husband Rodney’s top denture was loose, so I made an appointment with the Dentist,” explains Robyn. “Dentist Dr Margaret grabbed his tongue very gently and moved it to the right and it flipped over to look in his mouth – and that’s […]

Record number of lives saved in Victoria thanks to organ donors

A RECORD 529 lives were saved in Victoria last year – more than in any other state – thanks to the generosity of 193 organ donors and their families. Peninsula Health has established itself as a leader in organ donation, with 11 organ donors in 2018. This is an incredible increase on the year prior, […]

Peninsula Health wins two Better Care Victoria Awards

Kim Heriot and Trish O’Neill.  Peninsula Health has been recognised for its innovative work to improve the patient journey through the health service at the Better Care Victoria Patient Flow Partnership awards, winning the Most Improved Patient Flow and Best Collaborators categories. “It’s all about patient care – that’s what flow is,” says Trish O’Neill, […]

New chronic wound clinic set to open at The Mornington Centre

Dr Angel Lee and Meagan Shannon at The Mornington Centre.  People with chronic wounds will be able to access specialist treatment and support at Peninsula Health’s The Mornington Centre, when the Chronic Wound Clinic opens next month. A chronic wound is a skin wound that doesn’t heal, heals slowly or heals but tends to recur. […]

New tactile room opens in Aged Mental Health Unit at Frankston Hospital

1 West staff including Esther Murray (centre) in the new Tactile Room. A purpose built sensory room in 1 West, the Acute Aged Mental Health Unit at Frankston Hospital, is making a big difference to patients and their families. “1 West is a 15 bed unit for patients over the age of 65 who have […]

The hospital at the heart of the local community

Dr Helen Hewitt and Rosebud Hospital Nurse Practitioner Gail Van Summeren. Almost twenty years ago, Rosebud Emergency Department Director Dr Helen Hewitt, cared for a two year-old boy who was gravely unwell after drinking the contents of an oil burner in the garden. “I intubated the boy and looked after him the Emergency Department (ED),” […]


The MePACS 24/7 personal alarm has made huge advances in saving and improving the lives of everyday Australians over the last 25 years. Now Australian healthcare workers in the community can be added to the list of people who are benefitting from MePACS. The new MePACS Duress Alarm is making a huge impact in Australia’s […]

Explaining the missing dementia link

Having type 2 diabetes roughly doubles the chance of a person developing dementia, but the exact reason behind this fact is still unknown. “We know that both dementia and type 2 diabetes are associated with inflammation,” explains Geriatrician and Senior Research Fellow, Dr Chris Moran. “It’s been well established that diabetes is associated with inflammation […]

Orthopaedic research at Frankston Hospital informs global best practice

A research project investigating the effectiveness of a ‘virtual clinic’ for following up patients post joint replacement surgery at Frankston Hospital is making an impact in Australia and overseas. The research paper about the project, by Mr Nigel Broughton, Director of Orthopaedic Research at Peninsula Health, Mr Thomas Lovelock, Mr Michael O’Brien and Mr Ian […]