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Former hairdresser Naomi trades her scissors for a stethoscope

From cutting hair to helping save a life during a medical emergency – former hairdresser Naomi Bird is passionate about her role as an Acuity Response Team nurse at Peninsula Health.   “I’ve been a nurse for three years now – I love it, it’s my passion! I should have done it years ago,” says […]

Peninsula Health helps Emma to eat her first solid family meal

Emma has achieved a major milestone in her battle with food aversion.  11-year-old Emma Coles has eaten her first family meal of solid foods after working with Peninsula Health Speech Pathologist, Danielle Surwald, to overcome the severe food aversion she has had her whole life. “You always get people saying I’ve got a fussy eater […]

Peninsula Health helps local girl eat first solid meal with family

Emma has achieved a major milestone in her battle with food aversion.  11-year-old Emma Coles has eaten her first family meal of solid foods after working with Peninsula Health Speech Pathologist, Danielle Surwald, to overcome the severe food aversion she has had her whole life. “You always get people saying I’ve got a fussy eater […]

Supporting women with metastatic breast cancer

Rosslyn Morcom. When Rosslyn Morcom was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer last year, Peninsula Health McGrath Foundation Metastatic Breast Care Nurse, Jenny Macindoe, was there to help her through it. “Jenny looks after me fantastically; she is always there for me, full of support,” says Rosslyn. “When you have that bleak day, she’s there.” The […]

Frankston a wonderful place with wonderful services says former teacher

Jane is now recovering at home and slowly getting back into one of her favourite hobbies – gardening. It was a Sunday afternoon and after days of stomach pain and feeling violently ill, Jane Washington decided it was time to go to her local hospital. “I was feeling worse and worse,” recalls Jane. “We went […]

Looking after the youngest teeth on the Peninsula

Dental Nurse Tayla Johnston and Dental Therapist Judy Chamberlain with Jerin, his Mum and sister at Frankston Community Dental Service. Nine-year-old Jerin is feeling much better now his toothache is gone thanks to the Peninsula Health Dental Service. “He was in pain when we first came in and found out he had a cavity,” explains […]

Helping kids with gender dysphoria

Ash at home with his dog Ziggy. 16-year-old Ash Conner didn’t always feel like he was meant to be a boy. “I didn’t really always feel it – I wasn’t 100% sure whether I was male or female – I was kind of in the middle until I decided when I was 14 that I […]

Dedication and rehabilitation deliver a new life for Pauline

Pauline with one of her old dresses. A massive stroke at home in January 2015 signalled the start of a new life for Carrum Downs resident Pauline Kranjcec. “I knew I had to change my lifestyle and lose some weight, and the stroke was the catalyst I needed,” says Pauline. The 51-year-old began her journey […]

Nasty bike crash sends Paul flying to Frankston Hospital

After more than five hours cycling from Dromana to Frankston and back again, Paul Balchin was just a few kilometres from his car when disaster struck. “I was riding along in the bike lane on a beautiful smooth piece of bitumen and then all of a sudden the good surface finished and it turned into […]

Award winning pharmacist retires after 20 years at Peninsula Health

Skip Lam (centre) with members of the pharmacy team at his farewell. Director of Pharmacy Skip Lam is retiring after 20 years of service with Peninsula Health. “I have really enjoyed my time here and being part of the broader movement over the last 20 years to expand clinical pharmacy services, promote the use of […]