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From Austria to Australia – Q&A with pharmacy student Birgit

Austrian pharmacy student Birgit Reienhofer has recently finished placement at Frankston Hospital. Birgit shares some highlights of her time at Peninsula Health and what she, as a final year pharmacy student, believes are the biggest differences between how pharmacists work in Austria and Australia. Q: Why did you decide to come to Australia to do […]

Caring for kids – and their parents – in the Emergency Department

Simone Wright says team at Frankston Emergency Department went above and beyond to care for her son after he suffered a serious concussion, and also herself, as a worried Mum. “Caiden was playing tag at school when he fell and hit his head,” explains Simone. “We took him to the GP and he was fine. […]

Couple embark on 800km trek to raise funds for Frankston Hospital

Today Hazel McBride and Ian Birkinhead start the Camino de Santiago – an 800km trek from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago in Spain. The couple, who are in their sixties, are doing the walk to raise funds for Frankston Hospital, after their experiences as patients. In 2016, Hazel had a knee […]

New Women’s Health Unit Manager leads implementation of innovative model of care

Midwifery Unit Manager Zoe McKewen (centre) with Associate Midwifery Unit Managers Sue Sewell and Amy Cameron.  Midwifery is a very challenging, but rewarding job according to Frankston Hospital’s newly appointed Midwifery Unit Manager, Zoe McKewen. “Supporting women through their pregnancy, birth and beyond journey is a privileged and humbling role,” says Zoe. “I feel comfortable […]

Penny’s remarkable rehab journey and recovery post stroke

When Rye grandmother Penny Berkshire had a stroke last year, she was left paralysed on her right side. However after working with the rehabilitation team at Golf Links Road and completing the Stroke Detours Program, she can now walk again, drive again and is hoping to be back on the golf course soon. “I had […]

Do you know the signs of stroke?

Clinical Director of Emergency, Dr Shyaman Menon. Every nine minutes someone in our community suffers a stroke. Peninsula Health’s Clinical Director of Emergency, Dr Shyaman Menon, explains what happens when you suffer a stroke: “A stroke happens when blood supply to the brain is interrupted by a blockage or tear in the artery or blood […]

Cutting edge care

Peninsula Health is leading the way in women’s health, opening a new clinic where a common gynaecology procedure is now performed in an outpatient setting, rather than in the operating theatre. The Hysteroscopy Clinic uses the very latest technology to look inside the patient’s uterus to diagnose and treat abnormalities of the uterus. Women are […]

A stroke of luck

Imagine your head starts to go cloudy. You can’t think straight and are completely disoriented, and then to make matters worse you begin to lose your vision. This is exactly what happened to 64-year-old Ian Thompson – and while he did not know it at the time, he was having a stroke. “After meeting other […]

Health and legal sectors band together to help females in contact with the justice system

Pictured: Ms Sue Ball, Grants Manager- Victorian Legal Services Board; Ms Fiona McLeay, Commissioner and CEO, Victorian Legal Services Board; Mr Peter Vandermeer- Youth Resource Officer, Victoria Police; Ms Lisa Abbott- Project Co-ordinator, Frankston Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership; Ms Shelley Cross- General Manager, Stepping-Up Consortium; Ms Misty Summers- Operations Manager, Frankston Magistrates’ Court; Meagan […]

Creating a culturally safe place for Aboriginal women to give birth at Frankston Hospital

Alarna with baby Xavier and some of the new artwork.  Alarna Pyper was recently the first indigenous women to give birth in the newly re-decorated Koori birth suite at Frankston Hospital. Midwife Sue Holland, who leads Peninsula Health’s Koori Maternity Service, organised the new artwork which now adorns the walls of the room. “After getting […]