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  • Australia Day honour for a Peninsula Health leader

    Marie Garcia manages the Mt. Eliza Aged Care Assessment Service (MEACAS), serving clients across Frankston, the Mornington Peninsula, Casey and Cardinia. 

    One of our very own has been recognised in today’s Australia Day awards for her contributions to the community. 

    Congratulations to Marie Garcia on receiving a 2021 Holt Australia Day Award. 

    Over the past four years, she’s been managing a multi-disciplinary team of 35 staff at our Mt. Eliza Aged Care Assessment Service (MEACAS) – each with diverse backgrounds in administration, nursing, occupational therapy and social work.

    “I’ve been a nurse for 28 years across three continents, and this is some of the most challenging, interesting and rewarding work I’ve had the privilege of leading and being involved with,” says Marie. 

    “We assess the eligibility of clients to access higher level services, such as Commonwealth-funded  Home Care Packages, Residential Aged Care, Residential Respite Care, Transition Care ...

  • Staying safe in and around the water this summer

    Rosebud Emergency Nurse Unit Manager Jacqui Allen is urging everyone to stay safe by the water this Australia Day long weekend.

    Sunshine will bathe Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula this Australia Day long weekend, with warm temperatures likely to encourage an influx of people to our region’s beaches and waterways.

    “Whether you’re on holidays or not, if you’re going to a beach, jumping into the backyard pool or swimming in a lake, you need to be careful,” says Jacqui Allen, Rosebud Emergency Nurse Unit Manager.

    “We’ve seen in just the past few weeks how dangerous our waterways can be - how quickly and silently the environment around us can change.”

    “Sadly people drown in the sea, inland waters and in swimming pools every year across our community and our state. Others may be injured, sometimes very seriously. Most of these incidents are preventable.”

    Ms Allen says ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Charlie Severn

    Peninsula Health Assistant to the Director of Nursing at The Mornington Centre Chandra Severn.

    It’s been a year Charlie Severn never expected. 

    As Assistant to the Director of Nursing at The Mornington Centre, she’s playing an instrumental role in making sure every one of her colleagues has access to PPE.

    “There have times where it’s been busy, but we do have a great team here at Peninsula Health and everyone is always willing to pull together.”

    “We know it’s been tough for our patients, their families and friends, so i’s nice to be playing a role where where I can make everyone’s experience a positive one.”

    Thank you Charlie for caring for our community. 

  • After an ‘exhausting’ year, new Nurse Unit Manager wants to bring the ‘sparkle back’

    Newly appointed Peninsula Health nurse unit manager Fiona Corbet is up for whatever 2021 holds. 

    Frankston Hospital’s newest nurse unit manager Fiona Corbet says 2020 was tough for every person working in healthcare, but she is determined to reinvigorate her new colleagues in 2021.

    “It has been a tough year for everyone, many of us are physically or psychologically exhausted and at times it can feel like a slog,” she says.

    “I want to try and help make things better and put the sparkle back in their eyes.”

    Ms Corbet joins Peninsula Health from Holmesglen Private Hospital and now leads ward 5FN, taking over from the retiring Louise Walsh, who had been in the role for the past 14 years.

    Despite the ward catering for respiratory, renal and general medicine patients, it was never converted into a COVID-19 unit.

    “That's not to say 5FN didn't have ...

  • Prepare for the heat: When summer sizzles, stay cool and hydrated

    With temperatures in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula set to soar this week, Peninsula Health is reminding people about the importance of keeping cool and staying hydrated.

    The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting the heat to send temperatures into the low to high thirties throughout Victoria over coming days.

    Acting Director of Frankston Emergency Department, Dr Jon Dowling, says while summer is a great time for people to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family, it can be easy to forget the precautions which guard against heat-related illnesses.

    “This is our first heat spike for the summer and it’s easy to be unprepared. Heat can strain the body, interfering with blood circulation and causing dehydration,” says Dr Dowling.

    “This is why we’re reminding everyone to take necessary measures to avoid heat stress, which can either be brought on through the body ...

  • Covid-19 Update: Testing

    We want to thank everyone in our community for responding to the call to get tested this week.   Due to an IT outage impacting our pathology provider, there has been a delay to the notification of Covid-19 test results. We understand this may have meant some people will have been in isolation longer than necessary.   We apologise for the inconvenience caused.   Our pathology provider is working hard to rectify the problem and provide your result to you as soon as possible.   Please continue to isolate at home until you return a negative result.   If you would like a specific update regarding your test please speak with our Covid-19 Response Team ...
  • Peninsula Health welcomes new medical interns

    Medical interns have been exploring Peninsula Health during Orientation Week. 

    Peninsula Health welcomed 39 medical interns this week, who’ve wasted no time embarking on their one year internship.   The cohort of intern doctors will be immersed into the day-to-day life of working at a hospital, working alongside medical and healthcare leaders during their rotations across Frankston Hospital, Rosebud Hospital and other Peninsula Health sites.  

    “Our first-year doctors have already begun building their experience, confidence and expertise, prior to commencing clinical duties on the wards under the direction of more experienced medical staff," says Andrew Wilson, Peninsula Health Medical Workforce Unit Director. 

     “Peer support is an essential component of our medical internship program, because it allows for this next generation of clinical leaders to be ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Angela Le

    Peninsula Health Endorsed Enrolled Nurse Angela Le.

    Endorsed Enrolled Nurse Angela Le thought she had seen it all in the Emergency Department, but the pandemic has taught her there truly are no two days that are the same in healthcare.

    Last year she joined our Covid-19 Screening Clinics team, becoming a processing team leader and managing the staff who sort through swabs before they are sent off to the pathology lab.

    “There have been long days, this week especially, but it’s been a great experience and so rewarding, to be part of a team doing our best for every single patient.”

    Thank you Angela for caring for our community through Covid-19.

  • People powering our Covid-19 Screening Clinics

    Pathology staff processing Covid-19 swab tests.

    Our frontline pathology staff are playing a vital role right now, collecting and processing a record number of testing samples in recent days. In one day alone, the team processed 2,078 Covid-19 tests.   We really appreciate everyone who is doing the right thing, responding to the call to get tested - no matter how minimal your symptoms may be.    Thank you to the entire team behind our Screening Clinics - from pathologists to nurses, alongside the administration staff. Every one of them appreciates your patience and kindness.   We’re operating multiple Screening Clinics across our region all week and will let you know when we add new testing locations.
  • Volunteer devotee retires after 16 years in Community Health

    Outgoing Peninsula Health Coordinator Gloria Callery.

    Peninsula Health is saying farewell to Gloria Callery after more than 16 years of service to Peninsula Health.

    A Community Health Volunteer Coordinator during that time, Gloria’s contributions have been immense, redesigning the Community Health volunteer services and working with the community to engage more community organisations.

    “It has been a privilege to work with our volunteers - their dedication, commitment and kindness shown has a trickle-down effect in our community. I have seen first-hand the impact that their willingness to lend a hand can have on staff and patients alike,” she says.

    “Volunteers are an invaluable support to many of our services. Not only that, they are great company. The world is filled with truly amazing people.”

    Peninsula Health Early Intervention in Chronic Disease (EliCD) Program Manager Lin Rabbage says Gloria’s commitment to evolving the volunteer programs within Community Health has strengthened the volunteer ...