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  • Finding practical ways to support people with dementia in hospital

    Image: Cognition Nurse Consultant Renae Nicol, Associate Professor Chris Moran and Nurse Unit Manager Felicity Leavold.

    Across Australia and New Zealand, between 30-50 per cent of people admitted to hospital have some form of cognitive impairment. At Peninsula Health, 15-20 per cent of patients who are admitted have some form of dementia.

    For a number of reasons, people with memory and thinking problems are more likely to be admitted to hospital than the wider population. Often, these patients come to hospital in a confused state, making it hard for clinical staff to identify their needs and preferences, especially in an unknown environment — causing further confusion.

    Peninsula Health geriatrician Associate Professor Chris Moran is currently undertaking a study investigating how to best develop individualised toolkits people with dementia can take to hospital in order to feel more comfortable and relaxed.

    “Similar to when ...

  • Mental Health Services Update

    Our mental health service is open and here to support you and your loved ones.

    Repair works to the mental health building at Frankston Hospital are underway, following the incident at the Frankston Hospital Redevelopment site last month.

    Some of our mental health services are currently being delivered at different locations across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region while the repairs take place.

    While the physical location may have changed for some services, our capacity to support our community has not. If you, or a loved one requires mental health support please remember we are here.

    You can access our mental health service by:

    • Contacting our Mental Health Telephone Triage Service on 1300 792 977
    • Attending our Emergency Department at Frankston or Rosebud Hospital
    • Through referral from your healthcare provider, such as your GP

    You can also contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 for support 24/7.

  • Caring for People Living With Disability

    [Image: Sally Bailey]

    Carers play an important role in the lives of many people with disability. “My son is a beautiful young man who, regardless of the many challenges he faces, is always able to give me a smile that makes everything better,” says carer Sally Bailey. “He has taught me so much about how he experiences the world and how to be grateful for the small things.” 

    Sally is a carer for her 30-year-old son, who acquired a brain injury. She wants to turn her son’s experiences into something positive by raising awareness of the real-life experiences of people with disability that can be improved through advocacy and systematic change.   

    “My son has complex disabilities, including a profound intellectual disability, blindness, epilepsy, physical disabilities and he is nonverbal,” Sally explains. “He requires 24-hour care and supervision ...

  • A fight for life or death: Allan’s four months in ICU

    What at first seemed a normal chest infection, soon led to four months in the Intensive Care Unit for Peninsula Health patient Allan Fox.   Diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder where the body's immune system damages nerves, weakens muscles and can leave the body paralyzed, Allan, his family and the staff in our ICU fought hard to bring him back from the brink.   "You don't think you need ICU until you do," says Allan, "and when you get there, you want to be sure they are going to take care of you the best way they can."   You can help us provide exceptional care to patients like Allan by funding lifesaving ...
  • IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NEWS – Frankston Hospital Redevelopment incident

    Wednesday 23 November   At approximately 10am this morning, a piling rig fell on the Frankston Hospital redevelopment site, onto the nearby Mental Health Building.   All patients, staff and site workers are safe and accounted for. There are no reported injuries.   Police and emergency services are currently on site and investigations are underway as to how the incident occurred.   We will provide a further update when more information becomes available.
  • New research helps COVID patients breathe easier

    [image: Peninsula Health Intensive Care Specialist Associate Professor Ashwin Subramaniam]      During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was observed that people with severe COVID-19 symptoms, such as a chest infection, could develop a condition that limited the amount of oxygen to their lungs; commonly referred to as ARDS: Acute respiratory distress syndrome. ARDS can result in severe scarring of the lungs, and this scarring can affect not only the lung structure, but also the oxygen providing ability of lungs.    

    Studies undertaken in the early stages of the pandemic, involving a small group of patients with COVID-19 ARDS with low oxygen levels, suggested that there were differences in the effect of ARDS on their lungs compared with patients with non-COVID-19 ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Alisha Norton

    As a registered nurse completing post graduate studies and working at Frankston Hospital’s Emergency Department, Alisha has taken every opportunity to enhance her knowledge, skills and practice, to allow her to deliver specialised care to patients when they need it most.

    We spoke with Alisha to find out a bit more about her role and how she has grown as a nurse at Peninsula Health.

    Q: What is your current role?

    A: I am currently working as a registered nurse (RN) at Frankston Hospital’s Emergency Department. 

    Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

    A: I have been with Peninsula Health for five years. In 2017, I was employed as a newly graduated endorsed enrolled nurse (EEN) and was supported by the Workforce Bureau as I transitioned into nursing.

    Shortly after, I secured a permanent position as an EEN at Frankston Hospital’s Emergency Department and whilst ...

  • Healthy Ageing Research Gets A Boost

    More than $4 million has been awarded to 13 collaborative research projects spearheaded by the National Centre for Healthy Ageing (NCHA) through its Living Labs program.

    The NCHA is a federally-funded partnership between Peninsula Health and Monash University, which aims to deliver national solutions for major challenges in healthy ageing through excellence in translational research. 

    The major grant portfolio marks round 3 of the Living Labs program and brings together a multidisciplinary team to tackle two broad thematic focus areas of:

  • Optimising Health: Empowering/supporting people to optimise their functional ability, including intrinsic and extrinsic factors that enable healthy ageing.
  • Health and Social Care: Understanding, developing and improving health and care environments & systems to support healthier ageing.​​​​​​​
  • The funding supports projects such as:

    • a pets and people program to explore the potential of using human-animal bonds in aged care,
    • the effectiveness of a carers’ clinic to ...
    • Help us keep our community Active, Involved & Informed

      Seeking local physical activity and social groups for older people.

      Our Keeping Active, Involved & Informed Directory has been a go-to resource for those older than 60 looking to stay active in the community. Developed in partnership with Frankston City Council and the Mornington Peninsula Shire, the directory supports people to find groups to keep them active & involved.

      We’re currently updating our directory for release in 2023.

      The last edition is available at www.peninsulahealth.org.au/agestrong.

      If you know a group, business, or organisation that should be listed please contact our Agestrong team on 5976 9071 or email agestrong@phcn.vic.gov.au.

    • Temporary Road Closure — Hastings Road

      A section of Hastings Road is being resurfaced over the next two nights, resulting in changed access to Frankston Hospital Emergency Department, and some other parts of the hospital. Approximately 300 metres of Hastings Road will be closed for westbound traffic for two nights, as below.


      8:30pm – 6:00am Tuesday 15 November to Wednesday 16 November.

      8:30pm – 6:00am Wednesday 16 November to Thursday 17 November.


      Hastings Road westbound, between Foot Street and Cranbourne Road.

      How do I access Frankston Hospital Emergency Department (ED) during the scheduled works?

      + If you are travelling eastbound on Hastings Road (coming from the beach), continue to turn right into the Emergency Department via Hastings Road, Gate 2, as normal.

      + If you are coming westbound from the Moorooduc Highway, detour signs will be in place for you to follow to access the ED from Yuille Street. Traffic controllers ...