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  • Judy gets back to clogging after stroke

    On a cue of “Let’s clog Shirl,” Judy Phillips, stroke survivor, and Shirley Cheah, Peninsula Health Physiotherapist, performed a type of folk dance called clogging in front of a large group of Allied Health staff at Peninsula Health’s Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre. Comfortable in the limelight after a career as a children’s television presenter, Judy says she had one clear goal after her stroke last June – “I really wanted to get back to clogging.”  

    The toe tapping show and lunch on 4 September was organised as part of Stroke Week and most of Peninsula Health’s Stroke Detours Team members who worked with Judy were there to enjoy it. “They supported me when I really needed it and I would have been very lost and confused if it hadn’t been for them,” says Judy.

    The Stroke Detours Team works with patients in their homes following their ...

  • Back from the brink

    Beck, Riley and Emergency Department Operations Director Trish O'Neill. 

    “I always thought asthma was mild, but I was wrong, asthma is deadly,” says Dromana mother, Beck Gourlay.

    Beck’s son Riley doesn’t usually suffer from asthma – but a perfect storm of bushfire smoke and a cold left the four-year-old struggling to breathe.

    “Riley was fine, playing on the playground, but then he started to need more and more Ventolin,” recalls Beck, who already had an asthma management plan in place for when Riley had a cold.

    “I took him to Frankston Hospital Emergency Department,” continues Beck. “Riley was well enough to walk into hospital, though he was crying and upset about not being able to breathe properly.”

    After starting treatment to help his breathing Riley then become agitated.

    “He started screaming like nothing I have heard in my life. It was like someone was falling off a cliff,” ...

  • Farewell Brendon Gardner

    When our outgoing Chief Operating Officer, Brendon Gardner, first started at Peninsula Health his daughter Bree was only eight weeks old. Like her father, she also pursued a career in health and is now a graduate midwife/nurse at Frankston Hospital.

    Today the Peninsula Health community farewelled Brendon, who is leaving Peninsula Health to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

    “It is a great opportunity for me to lead an organisation and I wouldn’t have that opportunity if I didn’t have all of the support I’ve received here from day 1 to day 22 years and 6 months,” says Brendon.

    “What I will miss most about Peninsula Health is the people. Working with the staff, and the volunteers who give us their time to improve the health service, has been the biggest highlight for me and I have formed many, ...

  • Toorak College students sew caps for cancer patients at Frankston Hospital

    Student Ivy Zheng, Claire Su, TIna Li & Lisa Cai with patient Joanne.

    Seventy Toorak College international boarding students have spent the last 12 weeks sewing special caps for cancer patients at Frankston Hospital.

    The students all made a cap each as part of a weekend activity, and came to Frankston Hospital on 6 August to donate the caps in person.

    Peninsula Health Chemotherapy Day Unit Nurse Unit Manager Joan Thomas thanked the students for supporting their local hospital with this remarkable contribution.

    “One of the well-known side effects of cancer treatment is hair loss. Hair protects the scalp, which can be incredibly sensitive, especially during the night when cancer patients are trying to sleep. Having a soft, light-weight cap to wear will make a big difference for our patients.”

    “The students have done a terrific job sewing these lovely hats, which patients will be thrilled ...

  • Staff singing success

    On a Thursday night, the joyous sound of a chorus of voices singing floods the corridors of the Mental Health Service at Frankston Hospital.

    The newly formed Mental Health Service staff choir is a new wellbeing initiative for staff, started by the Peninsula Health Music Therapy Department.

    “This has been in the works for many months and after finding an excellent conductor, Kerry Gerraty, we were pleased to launch the choir on 4 July,” explains Music Therapist Kirsten Hillman.  

    “Anyone working within the mental health service is welcome to join – its drop-in attendance choir, so staff are more than welcome to come along for a rehearsal and get a feel for whether it’s their jam!”

    “Our first rehearsal was joyful, relaxing, and felt like a great way to connect with other staff within the service, whom we may not come into social contact with otherwise. After an hour, ...

  • Inaugural International Safewards Day celebrated at Frankston Hospital

    Carol, Nurse Unit Manager Kim Heriot and Anna Love (centre) with the staff who have played a key role in the implementation of the Safewards model. 

    Carol Martin knows firsthand how much the Safewards model is having a positive impact on patients and families.

    “The staff on ward 5GS were wonderful with my husband, who had an acquired brain injury,” explains Carol.

    “They helped him become more normalised and grounded in the world.”

    “They were so kind and caring, they would even take him to get hot chips, his favourite food.”

    The Safewards model aims to create a welcoming, calmer environment for patients and their families. It trains staff to identify points of care that may trigger a conflict response, or an issue around communication, and then use a targeted intervention to prevent this conflict from arising.

    The inaugural International Safewards Day was celebrated at Frankston Hospital on ...

  • Dialysis more comfortable with Lady by her side

    When 28-year-old Frankston South resident Elle Heuch’s kidneys started to fail last year she spent two weeks extremely unwell in hospital and was started on dialysis, a treatment she now has three times a week.

    “I have type 1 diabetes so that caused my kidney failure,” explains Elle, who works in childcare.

    “I’d had kidney disease for about four years when my kidneys started to fail in May last year. It was terrifying, the scariest thing that has happened to me and a lot of things have happened in my life.”

    Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to adequately remove waste from your blood and control the level of fluid in your body.

    Elle now has dialysis at Frankston Haemodialysis Unit three nights a week, to artificially remove the waste from her blood.

    “I haven’t had the easiest time on dialysis, I used to get side effects ...

  • Dr Chris Karayiannis published in The Lancet

    A research project co-authored by Peninsula Health geriatrician, general physician and researcher Dr Chris Karayiannis, has been published in one of the world’s most prestigious publications, The Lancet Neurology journal.

    The research deals with the question of what the more important risk is in people with ischemic events who also have cerebral microbleeds – the risk of ischemic stroke or haemorrhagic stroke?

    “I did a research project when I was a registrar in geriatrics that looked at a group of patients who’d had a previous stroke and seeing how many of these lesions, called cerebral microbleeds, they had in their brains,” explains Dr Karayiannis.

    “In that patient group it wasn’t really known how common these lesions were. That led to us contributing to this larger research project, looking at whether having these lesions in your brain increases your risk of bleeding if you are on blood thinners.”

    Ischemic strokes are ...

  • Saving lives and honouring the fallen

    Darryl and Rhon Nation, with the Ultrasound machine Blue Ribbon Foundation - Peninsula Branch funded at Frankston Hospital. 

    Not many charities or organisations can talk of $500,000 raised in the last eight years to help the local community, but that is exactly the case for the Peninsula Branch of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.

    Despite devoting four decades of his life to Victoria Police, Darryl Nation only briefly pondered retirement with his family before succumbing to his wife’s idea of giving back to their local community by raising money for Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals.

    “All thanks should go to Rhon,” explains Darryl. “It was because of her insistence that ultimately her idea of a Peninsula Branch became a reality.”

    The husband and wife team were already registered volunteers for the Blue Ribbon Foundation, so it was only a short leap of faith from there to ...

  • New sensory playground for Rosebud Hospital

    [caption id="attachment_27862" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Peninsula Health Children's Services Program Manager Karen Anderson and Operations Director of Community Health Iain Edwards (first and second from left, front row) and Lions Club of Flinders members (left to right) Mary Iles, Clay Manners, mark Holland and Monica Holland at Rosebud Hospital.[/caption]


    Children on the Southern Peninsula will soon be able to access a purpose-built, sensory playground at Rosebud Hospital, thanks to funds raised by the Lions Club of Flinders.

    “The specialised playground offers opportunities for families to learn to support their children with regulation and sensory needs,” explains Karen Anderson, Program Manager of Children’s Services.

    “The playground will provide the opportunity for vestibular inputs (to help children having difficulty with balance) and proprioceptive inputs (to help children who have difficulty with the sense of self-movement and body position).”

    “Swings are a common part of childhood – the playground ...