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  • Public Health Alert – Frankston Community Vaccination Hub Tier 2 Exposure Site 9 September

    A person who attended the Frankston Community Vaccination Hub at Bayside Centre on Thursday 9 September has now tested positive to COVID-19. As such, the Frankston Community Vaccination Hub has been deemed a Tier Two Exposure site.   If you attended the Hub between 6.20pm-7.10pm on Thursday 9 September, please get tested as soon as possible and isolate until you receive a negative result. For details of your nearest COVID-19 screening clinic, please visit www.peninsulahealth.org.au or ...
  • Finding a link between diabetes and dementia at the heart of Chris Moran’s research

    Peninsula Health researcher Chris Moran.

    With multiple years’ worth of experience in geriatric medicine and research, Peninsula Health geriatrician and researcher Chris Moran is improving healthcare for some of the eldest people in our community.

    “Every day is different but usually includes a combination of seeing patients, performing research and working with and encouraging junior clinical and research staff to reach their potential,” says Chris, who has recently been exploring the link between type 2 diabetes and dementia.

    “The results from our study suggest that subtle changes in the brain can occur in mid to later life in people with type 2 diabetes. These changes may be related to factors in adulthood. We need to do more research to understand whether we can do things to reduce these changes and whether this leads to a reduction in dementia risk in later life.”

    Celebrating Research Week returns October 26 to 28, ...

  • Public Health Alert – Tier 1 Exposure Site – Acute Area of Frankston Emergency Department

    On Friday 3 September a person presented to Frankston Emergency Department, who subsequently tested positive to COVID-19.

    After public health investigations, Frankston Emergency Department has been deemed a Tier One Exposure site. 

    If you attended the Frankston Emergency Department between 12pm-10.30pm on Friday 3 September, please follow the Department of Health advice to get tested and isolate for 14 days. All patients and visitors who were in the Emergency Department during this time are being contacted with this advice. This only applies to the Acute Area of the Emergency Department and excludes the Waiting Room, Fast Track/ Paeds, Extended Care Unit (ECU) and Emergency Short Stay Unit (ESSU).  

    For details of your nearest COVID-19 screening ...

  • Peninsula Health hits COVID-19 testing milestone with 250,000 swabs

    Some of the COVID-19 Screening Clinics team at the Frankston Hospital campus drive and walk through testing location. Photo: Peninsula Health

    More than a quarter of a million people have been tested at Peninsula Health run COVID-19 Screening Clinics, with the major milestone reached 18 months after the first swab was taken in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.

    This was achieved on Thursday 2 September at the health service’s flagship drive and walk through testing site, located on the former tennis courts next to Frankston Hospital.

    Dozens of staff – including nurses, allied health, ward clerks, security guards and traffic controllers - have operated multiple permanent and temporary locations. The Mobile team has covered hundreds of kilometres since the onset of the pandemic, operating testing sites from Seaford, all the way down to Portsea.

    COVID-19 Screening Clinics Operations Director Jodi Foley said the community continues to do an amazing ...

  • PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT – COVID-19 Exposure site at Frankston Community Vaccination Hub, Bayside Centre

    On Monday August 16, a person attended the Frankston Community Vaccination Hub at Bayside Centre to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

    While they had no symptoms while at the Vaccination Hub, they subsequently developed symptoms and tested positive to the virus today.

    Due to the positive case attending the venue earlier this week, the Frankston Community Vaccination Hub has been deemed a Tier Two Exposure site.

    If you attended the venue between the times of 11.45am and 12.36pm on Monday August 16, please get tested as soon as possible and isolate until you receive a negative result.

    For details of your nearest COVID-19 screening clinic, please visit www.peninsulahealth.org.au or https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/.

    • The Frankston Community Vaccination Hub remains open and is safe for you to visit if you have a booking for your COVID-19 vaccination.  To make a booking, please call 1800 675 398 or you can book online through the Department of Health’s website. 

    Please note, ...

  • Frankston Community Vaccination Hub opens at Bayside Centre

    Di Amiet arrives on the opening day of the Frankston Community Vaccination Hub for the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

    Peninsula Health has established a new COVID-19 vaccination centre in the heart of Frankston.

    The recently opened hub is operating out of the old Toys’R’Us at Bayside Shopping Centre. 

    “We are pleased to have opened the Frankston Community Vaccination Hub at Bayside Centre, where we are able to provide this important service in a central, easy to access location for our community,” says Helen Cooper, Executive Director of Operations at Peninsula Health.

    “To find out if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and to make a booking, please go to the Department of Health website.”

    Among those to come in for their vaccinations were people in high-risk accommodation settings.

    A multi-disciplinary team of more than 100 immunisers, administration staff, pharmacists, doctors, security, cleaners and concierge ...

  • Second chance at life beyond pain: A Langwarrin mother moves freely again

    Terryn Huggard is living pain free thanks to the work of occupational therapist Tessa Heine and the Persistent Pain Management Service. Photo taken before mandatory outdoor mask wearing requirements. Photo: Supplied.

    After living with persistent pain right throughout her childhood, Terryn Huggard is moving freely again thanks to Peninsula Health.

    The Langwarrin mother of two first started feeling discomfort on the right side of her body when she was just 12 years old, with pain randomly flaring up in her jaw, neck, shoulder and hip.  

    “It didn’t matter who I turned to, countless professionals told me my pain was from previous injuries and I just had to deal with it,” says Terryn.

    “I could not get any answers - the suggestion always was to take some pain medication or just stop thinking about it.”

    Pain regularly stopped Terryn from doing the things she enjoyed in her 20s. Walking the dog, driving a ...

  • Putting an end to diabetes stigma

    When talking about people with diabetes, it is easy to overlook the toll the condition has on their mental and emotional wellbeing.

    That's why Peninsula Health is seeking to help raise awareness of 'diabetes stigma' within the community.

    According to Diabetes Australia, people experience this stigma when they are blamed for having diabetes while managing the condition. This includes:

    • injecting insulin in public, and
    • when they experience the affects and complications of diabetes, such as low blood sugar.

    “People with diabetes can be asked the most inappropriate questions by well-meaning (and not so well meaning) members of the public,” explains Janine Claxton, a Clinical Psychologist in our Paediatric and Young Adult Diabetes Service.  

    “Without even knowing, or with the best intentions, such comments and questions can leave a lasting negative impact on these individuals.”

    ...

  • Successful accreditation review for Community Health Family Violence Service

    Peninsula Health’s commitment to providing world-class care is deeply ingrained in our Community Health Family Violence Service (FVS).

    Pleasingly, this commitment was formally recognised recently following a successful accreditation review of the FVS by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

    Our FVS offers a number of client-focused programs which see trained and compassionate staff work closely with members of the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula community to reduce instances of family violence and promote people’s right to wellbeing and safety.

    The successful accreditation – including the overwhelmingly positive feedback contained in the Assessment Report – is a testament to the tremendous work of our staff who are dedicated to bettering the community every day.

    Community Health Operations Director, Iain Edwards, and the leadership group said they would like to congratulate all concerned on its award of three years accreditation to the Department of Health & Human Services - Human Services Standards.  The ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Karen Garnett

    Karen Garnett (far right) is a Peninsula Health Clinical Support Nurse, who took on the new role of Clinical Support Nurse with the Learning Hub at the beginning of 2021.

    Name: Karen Garnett

    Role: Clinical Support Nurse

    Bio: Karen’s journey began in aged care where she worked as a Patient Care Attendant (PCA) for ten years. From there she completed her enrolled nurse division two qualification and then went on to Monash University to become a registered nurse. Karen completed Peninsula Health’s graduate nursing program in 2011 and has never wanted to leave! She completed her postgraduate studies in emergency nursing in 2015 and now has ten years experience working in ED.

    Q: What does an average day look like?

    A: Busy and fulfilling are the two words that come to mind. I do my best to spend quality time with all my students, who are on placement across ED, Westernport ward and Intensive Care. ...