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  • Celebrating World Social Work Day 2023

    We celebrate and recognise the contributions by Social Workers at Peninsula Health and thank them for their ongoing advocacy and support to the consumers of our health service.  

    To learn about the Social Worker profession and some of the work being undertaken by the Peninsula Health Social Work Department, we spoke with Peninsula Health Senior Social Worker, Claire Duane.    

    [caption id="attachment_38485" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image: Peninsula Health Senior Social Worker, Claire Duane[/caption]

    “The reason I love this work is that we place the patient at the centre of everything we do,” says Claire. “We can be the patient’s voice and can support individuals to navigate a complex health system, enabling them to make decisions about their own life.”  

    Claire leads a team of eight staff in supporting some of the most vulnerable older people from our community. “My role is ...

  • The time is now to talk about what matters most

    Image: Advance Care Planning client Anne Riddell reads through her Advance Care Plan outside The Mornington Centre. 

    Do your family know your wishes if you can’t make medical decisions for yourself?

    Knowing the best way to continue with a loved one’s health care journey can be difficult when they are unable to communicate their wishes due to illness or injury.

    Advance Care Planning encourages an open and honest conversation with those who may need to make decisions on your behalf, and documents your preferences for your future health care to ensure your wishes are fulfilled.

    This Advance Care Planning Week, we want to remind our community that planning ahead is relevant to everyone, and that our free Advance Care Planning Service is here to help you.

    Diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago, Mornington Peninsula resident Jo Fortune decided to put ...

  • Raising awareness for earlier endometriosis diagnosis and treatment

    Affecting one in nine women and those who are gender diverse, endometriosis is a common condition that often goes undiagnosed, causing chronic symptoms for many years. It is characterised by tissue, similar to the lining of the womb, growing outside of the uterus in other parts of the body – such as in the pelvis, fallopian tubes, ovaries or bowel. 

    This month is Endometriosis Awareness Month, aiming to raise awareness to help shorten the time it takes for people with endometriosis to be diagnosed.  

    To learn more about endometriosis, we spoke with Obstetrics and Gynaecology Consultant, Dr Stephanie Jackson, and Women’s Health Department Deputy Clinical Director, Dr Patricia Vosdoganes.  

    Read their responses below.  

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    What are the symptoms ...

  • Peninsula Health is relaunching its Work Experience Program for Year 10 to 12 school students!

    Students will be given the opportunity to observe and learn about the range of career pathways in Health by applying through our Work Experience Program. Who can apply for the work experience placements?

    • Year 10, 11, or 12 students at Secondary School who are enrolled in the work experience program at school
    • Students seeking a placement between June and November 2023
    • Students interested in pursuing a career in Health
    • Students currently studying relevant subjects to support entry into tertiary study

    Departments that may offer placements:

    • Physiotherapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Pathology
    • Administration
    • Human Resources
    • Corporate Services
    • Pharmacy
    • Nursing / Midwifery

    Students accepted into the program are given the opportunity to spend a maximum of one week (five consecutive working days) within an available department to observe the daily activities that occur.

    How to apply:

    Peninsula Health only accepts applications for Work Experience via our e-Recruit system: Peninsula Health - eRecruit (mercury.com.au)

    Ensure that you fill out your application and address the section criteria.

    Please note:

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    • Five years after his life-threatening birth, Charlie is starting school

      Five years ago, at Frankston Hospital, Brittany Miller’s son Charlie was born in a difficult delivery involving a cord prolapse; a rare delivery complication that can result in insufficient oxygen supply to the baby.  

      “The nurses and midwives went above and beyond to save my baby’s life and to provide as much support as possible to myself, my husband and my mum,” says Brittany.  

      Charlie is now a healthy, happy and thriving five-year-old, with lots of energy and excitement for the world around him. “He talks more than any other human being I’ve ever met in my entire life,” adds Brittany.  

      Last month, Charlie attended his first day of school.  

      “As I was kissing him goodbye, it really hit home that he was only able to do this because of the phenomenal care that was given to us when he was delivered,” says Brittany.  

      “Even though five years have gone past, I still remind myself ...

    • Q&A with Medical Intern Dr Jonathan Tran

      Flying more than 14,000 km to study medicine at the University of Melbourne, Dr Jonathan Tran has since completed his studies and joins Peninsula Health as a Medical Intern, gaining the final skills necessary to become a fully qualified doctor. 

      Inspired from a young age to work in medicine, Dr Tran is looking forward to developing his clinical knowledge and skills with each patient interaction while upholding his duty as a reliable, compassionate, and safe clinician. 

      Learn more about Dr Tran and what he hopes to achieve from his medical internship below.   

      Q: Can you tell us a bit about your background?  

      A: I was born and raised in Canada, living there for most of my life until moving to Australia for medical school at the University of Melbourne. I’ve taken a bit of a winding road to get to this point, having previously completed ...

    • Children on The Bay – How Capel Sounds Educational Child Care Centre and Kindergarten are dedicated to caring for Country

      This blog was written by Madeline Tatham, Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health

      In September 2022, Capel Sounds Educational Child Care Centre and Kindergarten (Capel Sounds ECC&K) were acknowledged by the Healthy Early Childhood Services Achievement Program for their ongoing commitment to Climate and Health.

      As part of their work in this space, the centre was successful in a grant application to the Port Phillip Bay Fund, alongside Capel Sounds Foreshores Committee of Management, to fund a project called ‘Children on The Bay’.

      The initiative aims to foster cultural understanding and stewardship of the bay and foreshore in children. Children, educators and some families took part in planting sessions with local rangers, to regenerate the habitat and support the health of the bay. As part of the project they engaged local Indigenous artist, Adam Magennis, Director of Kaptify Bunurong Art, to develop ...

    • Enabling residents to achieve their goals: Carinya attains five stars

      “Seeing residents happy and enjoying Carinya is the best part of my day,” says Peninsula Health Aged Person’s Mental Health Program Manager, Bea Hoy. “Vital to the residents’ experiences here is the staff enabling them to make lifestyle choices and supporting them to achieve their goals.”  

      Reflecting quality of care, Carinya Residential Aged Care has attained a five-star Aged Care Star Rating. “Of note, only one per cent of all aged care services nationally received a five-star rating, so as a team we feel very special attaining that,” adds Bea.  

      The Commonwealth Government implemented Aged Care Star Ratings in December, in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, aiming to support older Australians and their representatives to compare aged care services and make choices about the care that is right for them.  

      “Our clinical nursing skills with fully qualified ...

    • Celebrating Our Women

      Today, we're recognising a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world, and in particular within Peninsula Health.   We had the opportunity to speak with Peninsula Health Orthopaedic Surgeon and Director of Training Dr Amy Touzell, who's actively pioneering for an equal workplace for women, especially mothers returning to work.   When returning to work as a first-year consultant with a four-month-old baby, Dr Touzell was able to utilise the breast-feeding facilities at Frankston Hospital, something of which she’s encouraging to be common practice within the healthcare industry.  ...
    • Supporting families through caseload midwifery

      “Although I was nearing the end of my pregnancy, I was very excited by the idea of caseload,” says Simona Farrell. “Lauren was assigned as my midwife and from the moment I met her, I was even more excited about the rest of my journey and delivery.”  

      At 27 weeks pregnant, Simona joined Peninsula Health’s caseload midwifery program, giving birth through the program to her second daughter, Isla Rae, on 14 February. 

      Simona instantly felt comfortable and secure with her caseload midwife, Lauren. “She was absolutely incredible, I didn’t feel any judgement about any decisions I made,” adds Simona. “I felt supported, empowered and educated.”  

      Throughout the program, Lauren provided Simona with many resources, helping to educate her on her delivery and feeding journey. “These resources have been a very positive part of my postpartum journey,” explains Simona. “Lauren was easy to communicate with and there ...