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  • Langwarrin family reassured through successful complex pregnancy

    Grace Buffinton with her daughter Charlotte Dickinson and newborn Isaac.

    Pregnant mother Grace Buffinton and partner Benjamin Dickinson  were referred to the Frankston Hospital Complex Pregnancy Care team and Fetal Diagnostic Service after her 20-week scan raised concerns about the development of her unborn baby.

    A repeat scan, by lead Fetal Diagnostic Service sonographer Vicki Ditcham, confirmed unborn baby Isaac’s brain was not developing properly.

    “They discovered part of his brain was missing,” remembers Grace

    “It was very similar circumstances to the pregnancy of my daughter five years earlier.

    “She was found to have this rare condition called microcephaly, and it meant the size of her head was smaller than it should have - just like Isaac’s.”

    Fetal Diagnostic Service midwife Sharelle Goodwin and Obstetric Ultrasound Specialist Dr Andrew Edwards counselled Grace and Ben, as she underwent a series of prenatal checks, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, an amniocentesis test and ...

  • How new website is helping the elderly stay active during Covid-19

    Associate Professor Michele Callisaya played a key role in launching the 'Safe Exercise At Home' website.

    A Peninsula Health physiotherapist and senior research fellow has helped launch a website that encourages elderly people to stay active at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Associate Professor Michele Callisaya was one of a number of Australian clinicians and physiotherapy researchers involved in developing the website, called ‘Safe Exercise At Home’ (www.safeexerciseathome.org.au).

    Michele says the website concept arose out of shared concerns about the vulnerability of elderly people during the Covid-19 lockdown laws.

    “We all got together because we were worried, anecdotally from both our family and clients, that older people were not able to do their normal gym sessions, bowls or incidental physical activity each day,” Michele says.

    “Elderly people might get stiffer, their muscles might get weaker and their balance might decline – all of which can lead to falls.”

    “So the ...

  • How to curb your dependence on nicotine

    The pharmacy at Frankston Hospital, where pharmacist Darshana Meanger assists patients with curbing their dependence on nicotine.

    Darshana Meanger knows what it takes to help smokers quit.

    The Peninsula Health pharmacist regularly helps people, of all ages, who are dependent on  nicotine – the feel-good chemical found in tobacco.

    “The nicotine is what draws people back to the cigarettes most of the time,” says Darshana

    “A major factor of being addicted to smoking is also around the behavioural aspects that smokers develop over time, so using nicotine replacement therapy to help with the cravings, along with behavioural support like Quitline, has been proven to help people quit successfully.”

    Every year on May 31, World No Tobacco Day highlights the health and other risks related to tobacco use.

    Smokers are also encouraged to start their quit journey or not smoke for 24 hours.

    Carcinogens found in tobacco can ...

  • Lending a hand during Covid-19

    Senior Occupational Therapist Rosie House uses Telehealth to assist patients with hand and upper limb rehabilitation. 

    Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb. 

    At Peninsula Health, Hand Therapy is part of the Occupational Therapy Department. Hand Therapy provides assessment and therapy for acute hand and wrist injuries at Frankston and Rosebud Hospital and sub-acute injuries at Golf Links Road within the Community Rehabilitation Program.

    The Hand Therapy team is dedicated to assisting their patients to achieve personally tailored goals, and returning to the activities they enjoyed or needed to do prior to their injury. 

    During the Covid-19 pandemic Hand Therapy has been a leader in implementation of Telehealth at Peninsula Health.  

    Kellie underwent an operation for her wrist fracture and was referred to the Hand Therapy team in mid-March of 2020:

    "I didn’t want to come into the hospital for my therapy as I ...

  • Funding to take ‘cutting edge’ asthma treatment to the next level

    Associate Professor David Langton is researching ways to further develop a procedure for severe asthmatics. (Photo taken in 2014)

    A relatively new procedure which eases coughing and wheezing in severe asthmatics could soon be made more effective thanks to research being led by Peninsula Health.

    Associate Professor David Langton, Director of Thoracic Medicine at Peninsula Health, is leading a joint study into bronchial thermoplasty with researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of Auckland. The research has been funded with a one million dollar National Health and Medical Research Council Ideas Grant (NHMRC).

    “The procedure gaining acceptance as a result of what we’ve been doing over the last five years,” says A/Prof Langton.

    “Our hope is to find a better way of choosing patients for bronchial thermoplasty, so that no patient has to go through an unsuccessful procedure.”

    A/Prof Langton carried out the procedure for ...

  • 15 years of supporting Emergency Department patients and families

    Volunteers in Peninsula Health's Assistance and Care in Emergency (ACE) program support patients in Emergency Departments.

    Can you believe it has been 15 years since our Assistance and Care in Emergency (ACE) volunteer program was created?

    We would like to send a huge congratulations to all 125 program volunteers who provide amazing care and support to Emergency Department patients and their families.

    “It is such a rewarding role,” says Jenni O’Sullivan, program Volunteer Convenor. “We see all ages and stages of life through these doors. The majority of people are grateful and will give you a ‘thank you’ or a smile. That makes it all worth it.”

    Prior to Covid-19, the volunteers worked 9am to 9pm at Frankston and Rosebud Hospital Emergency Departments, seven days per week. Their hard work is appreciated by patients, their families and staff.

    “The commitment and dedication demonstrated by our volunteers shift after shift is to ...

  • One door closes, another opens for Marty

    Patient Services Assistant Marty Hunt is screening visitors to Rosebud Hospital during Covid-19.

    Months after undergoing life-changing kidney transplant surgery, Martin Hunt is back on his feet and at the forefront of Peninsula Health’s response to Covid-19.

    For more than 15 years, ‘Marty’ has worked as a Patient Services Assistant at Rosebud Hospital, primarily responsible for keeping different patient areas of the hospital clean.

    As the health service responds to Covid-19, Marty finds himself in a very different role - screening visitors upon entering Rosebud Hospital.

    “Back in March last year I went under the knife for a kidney transplant and it wasn’t until November that I returned to work,” recalls Marty.

    “It was only this year I finally started to find my feet with my usual work routine, when all of a sudden Covid came along and I was redeployed.” 

    Concierge staff check that every visitor using entrances to Frankston and ...

  • Covid-19 in focus this International Clinical Trials Day

    Dr Kasha Singh is exploring opportunities for Peninsula health to take part in clinical trials related to COVID-19.

    Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on 20 May to recognize the day that James Lind started what is often considered the first randomized clinical trial aboard a ship on May 20, 1747.  He trialled the use of citrus for the treatment of scurvy. It is reported that there were two participants in each of the 6 arms of the trial. 

    Those allocated citrus fruits experienced “the most sudden and good visible effects,” according to Lind’s report on the trial.

    Though Lind, according to The James Lind Library, might have left his readers “confused about his recommendations” regarding the use of citrus in curing scurvy, he is “rightly recognized for having taken care to ‘compare like with like’, and the design of his trial may have inspired” and informed ...

  • “You can see and feel the difference”: A decade of furry hospital friends

    Qualified dog behaviourist and Pet Therapy founder Dave Edlond with his Wheaten Terrier 'Maya'.

    Canine enthusiast and Pet Therapy founder David Edlond combines two of his life’s passions at work.

    On his days driving patients around for Peninsula Health's non emergency vehicle sector, the 67-year-old from Somerville is kept company by his Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier ‘Maya’.

    “Two years ago I applied to the health service through the board, to have a puppy ride in the wheelchair bus and it got approval,” says Dave, a Patient Services Driver

    “Maya meets all the patients and when I get time away from transporting patients, I then take her around the hospital, in places like Orthopaedics, Dialysis and the Emergency Department. Depending on time, I incorporate visits as part of my job.”

    The Pet Therapy team will return to Peninsula Health sites once Covid-19 restrictions ease. 

    Maya’s regular interaction with patients ...

  • Exercise, companionship and better health: celebrating 20 years of Karingal Walkers

    Members of Karingal Walkers start and finish their regular walks from shopping center Karingal Hub (Photo taken prior to Covid-19 restrictions). 

    Gloria Callery believes the practical and emotional support from a passionate band of volunteers, lies at the heart of the Karingal Walkers’ success over two decades.

    “They truly make the difference,” says the Peninsula Health Community Health Volunteer Coordinator.

    “These volunteers make every new walker feel welcome, accompanying them until they are integrated into the group.”

    Since the first walk around Ballam Park in 2000, Karingal Walkers has grown to become a triweekly morning event, in partnership with Karingal Hub.

    Every week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, around 10 volunteers pull on their bright vests, coordinating the large walking group, often exceeding 100 people.

    After setting up registration tables, the volunteers will take down the names and details of new walkers and maintain the records for each participant.

    Each walk sets ...