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Using ketamine to reduce a common and painful post-surgery complication

Chronic post-surgical pain – pain  that develops and persists for three or more months after an operation  – is now known to be one of the most common and debilitating postoperative complications. Peninsula Health is taking part in a large multi-centre, randomised trial to investigate the effect intravenous ketamine given before and after surgical incision […]

Next generation of medical professionals start work at Peninsula Health

This month Peninsula Health welcomed 39 interns, who have joined the health service to complete their graduate year of medical training. “We are truly proud for our newest cohort to join us here,” says Associate Professor Vikas Wadhwa, Executive Director, Medical Services. “They have completed their studies at a number of different universities, including Monash, […]

Rosebud Emergency Department saves the day after beach accident

Alison Lunt never expected her trip to Dromana Beach on a beautiful summer day to end with a visit to Rosebud Hospital Emergency Department, with a nasty injury to her leg. “It was a bit of an ordeal for a day at the beach,” explains Chelsea local Alison. “I don’t usually swim a lot unless […]

Paul back on the bike thanks to first-class emergency care

Paul Balchin is an avid cyclist who regularly rides his bike 250-400km a week – he never expected to need life-saving emergency care by his colleagues at Rosebud and Frankston Hospitals in the middle of his shift one Thursday morning. “I was at work doing some cleaning, my normal duties just before lunch,” recalls Paul, […]

A new clinic for structural heart conditions

A new clinic for adult patients with structural heart conditions has opened at the Cardiac Investigation Unit at Frankston Hospital. Dr Nay Htun, Interventional Cardiologist, is now accepting direct referrals to the weekly clinic for conditions affecting the heart muscle and valves. The new clinic is offered alongside existing clinics for general cardiology/chest pain and […]

Advocating for people with all abilities

Kylie Webb is using her own experiences as a staff member and consumer to ensure Peninsula Health is meeting the needs of people with all abilities. “Five years ago I was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF), which means that I grow tumours at any nerve ending, which is causing me to lose my hearing,” explains Kylie. […]

Electronic drug register an Australian-first

Pharmacists and nurses no longer have to fill out paper records to manage drugs of dependence, after the implementation of electronic drug register – HS8. It all started during an informal conversation in the drug safe back in 2016. “We had about 40 folders full of books covering 164 drugs, plus the patient’s own drug […]

Experienced physician and researcher appointed to lead medical services at Peninsula Health

The new Executive Director of Medical Services and Clinical Governance, Associate Professor Vikas Wadhwa, brings decades of experience as a senior clinician, hospital administrator and researcher to Peninsula Health. After starting his medical career in Queensland, Vikas, who is a respiratory and sleep physician, has gradually been making his way further south, culminating in his […]

Investigating differences in dementia risk between men and women

Women have an increased risk of developing dementia compared to men, though little is known about the reason why. Geriatrician Dr Stephanie Than is undertaking a PhD investigating gender differences in dementia risk at middle and older life. “We understand that the females are associated with an increased risk of dementia worldwide, however the mechanisms […]

Celebrating Research 2019

Celebrating Research is Peninsula Health’s annual research showcase, which highlights and rewards research achievements throughout Peninsula Health. The week begun with the annual Jeremy Anderson Oration, presented by Dr Louise Schaper, CEO of the Health Informatics Society of Australia, the peak body for digital health. Dr Schaper spoke about the future of digital health and […]