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  • Secret Lives of Staff: Concierge a master of illusion

    Frankston Hospital concierge Duck Cameron has been entertaining audiences around the world for more than 30 years.

    Before becoming one of the smiling faces to greet our patients as they arrive at hospital, this concierge was a globe-trotting magician.

    Duck Cameron, who joined Peninsula Health last year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, has been wowing audiences with his awe-inspiring illusionary skill.

    “I was living in London as a child at the beginning of the 1970's and at the time magic shows were huge on television,” recalls Duck.

    “My parents noticed my interest and they started buying me small magic tricks for children.”

    Upon our return to Australia my mother found a magic club which had weekend classes for kids - I was bitten by the bug!”

    Duck quickly turned his childhood hobby into a career and turned professional not long after finishing school. At just 18 years of ...

  • “Exceptionally proud”: Health Information Services going above and beyond

    Our Health Information Services team went above and beyond during COVID-19.

    10 - 16 May is Health Information Management Awareness Week (HIMA Week).

    To celebrate, we are acknowledging the tremendous efforts of our Health Information Services (HIS) team which works tirelessly behind the scenes at Peninsula Health and went above and beyond during Covid-19. 

    “We are exceptionally proud of our staff who have worked so hard and done so well under extreme circumstances,” says Acting Director of HIS, Peter Jackson. 

    “Despite the many obstacles thrown our way in 2020, the team was resilient, positive, adaptable and cheerful. They rose to the challenge every day and succeeded.” 

    The HIS team’s roles are as vast as they are important. They oversee all aspects of document management (including medical records, health information policies and corporate records), clinical coding, data reporting, information release, and management of the digitised medical record.    

    The team was split ...

  • Take a Break for Cancer returns to support local cancer services

    Peninsula Health staff members get together for Take a Break for Cancer in 2019. Photo: Supplied.

    Cancer care never takes a break.   Patients with cancer continue to receive timely, comprehensive and compassionate care here in our community amid the current global health crisis.   This year Take a Break for Cancer returns, raising funds for local cancer services at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals.   Make a difference and support high quality cancer treatment and help support us as we continue to provide important, world-class cancer services locally.   Being able to access cancer services – including tests, scans, treatment and check-ups – close to home is invaluable for the one in four people on the Mornington Peninsula that will be affected by cancer.  ...
  • World Asthma Day 2021 – get your asthma under control

    Ceri Banks, Peninsula Health's Respiratory Clinical Research Nurse Consultant.

    Asthma is a serious condition that affects 2.7 million Australians.

    That’s why this World Asthma Day (WAD), Peninsula Health is encouraging all asthmatics within our community to take control of their condition.

    “When people say they have ‘bad’ asthma, they are more often than likely to mean they have ‘uncontrolled asthma'”, says Ceri Banks, our Respiratory Clinical Research Nurse Consultant.

    “Most asthma is controllable if patients are compliant with therapy, but studies have shown that 50% of patients take 50% of their medication, 50% of the time. No wonder there are so many uncontrolled asthmatics out there!”

    How can I take control of my asthma?

    There are two main ways in which members of our community can take control of their asthma:

    1 – Assess whether your asthma is ‘controlled’ and take the Asthma Control Test

    According to the Australian Asthma Handbook, a person ...

  • “An absolute privilege”: celebrating Peninsula Health’s tremendous midwives

    A group of Peninsula Health midwives responding to the prompt: "The thing I love most about being a midwife is...".

    Around 3,000 babies are born every year at Frankston Hospital, and behind each birth is a dedicated team of midwives who welcome new life into the world.   That's why today, International Day of the Midwife (IDM), we are celebrating all of our dedicated midwives for the incredible care they provide to women and babies across the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula region.   One such midwife is Brittany Lawrence, who has been a valued member of our health service for three years.    "Birth is a uniquely vulnerable and powerful time in a woman's life," says Brittany.    "We get to support women though moments they will never forget."   "Anyone who works with women and has the opportunity to educate, empower and support them - and watch babies be born - should see their role as an absolute ...
  • “Proud to call myself a midwife”: Jeanette Freeman reflects on 39-year career

    Jeanette Freeman (left) with midwife Ruth Boaz (right) on Kitava Island, Papua New Guinea, in 2019.

    The following article is written by Jeanette Freeman, who has retired after 39 years at Peninsula Health

    My name is Jeanette Freeman and I came to Frankston Hospital in 1982. I intended to stay for only 12 months, just long enough to complete my midwifery training before returning to country life.  No-one is more surprised than me that 12 months turned into 39 years.

    In 1982, Peninsula Health was known as the much smaller 'Frankston Community Hospital'. Having my sister Rosina, who was also a midwife, already on the staff made my welcome very warm. Very happily and always keeping work separate from family life, we were able to enjoy a 20-year professional working relationship.

    For me it was a lesson quickly learned that the excitement, the joy and the sense of privilege ...

  • “Like a second family”: Frankston mother thanks supportive staff after 10-week hospital journey

    Peninsula Health midwife Meaghan Church, Esther Freeman and Banjo, with Associate Midwifery Unit Manager Saphron Bonner. Photo: Supplied. 

    In the lead up to Mother’s Day this Sunday, mum Esther Freeman caught up with the midwives she describes as her “second family” after they supported her through one of the longest stays ever in our Maternity Unit.

    Repeated bleeding meant the Frankston mother would spend the best part of 10 weeks at Frankston Hospital, before giving birth to a healthy baby boy named Banjo at 1.30pm on 3 March.

    “It sounds like a cliche, but I could not have done it without them - everyone was just amazing,” says Esther, who dropped by this week to say thank you to registered nurse and midwife Meaghan Church and Associate Midwifery Unit Manager Saphron Bonner.

    “I have so much gratitude for everyone: the midwives, the doctors, the people who cleaned my ...

  • Patient Experience Week 2021: Raising the bar, one conversation at a time

    Peninsula Health Deputy Chief Operating Officer Jane Roberts meets patient Eelkje. Photo: Supplied. 

    Patient Experience Week 2021 is about to draw to a close - and this year, our senior leaders were able to step out onto the floor, connecting with patients and colleagues in a COVID safe way. 

    In a really touching conclusion to the past few days, our Deputy Chief Operating Officer Jane Roberts came face to face with one patient, who herself has played a part at Peninsula Health over the years. 

    “To be the best at what we do, we have to be committed to finding ways of improving the patient experience, and that starts by listening to those in our care,” says Jane.

    “And you never know who you will meet! Like Eelkje, who was involved in the original fundraising campaign for Frankston Hospital’s first helipad in 1976, and also ...

  • “Power is in your hands”: Emergency Department nurse collects inaugural award

    Peninsula Health nurse Kartik Jagathesesan is acknowledged in front of his peers. Photo: Supplied. 

    Kartik Jagathesesan always knew nursing was for him because of the difference he could make to people’s lives.   Never more so than now – during the course of a pandemic – has he appreciated what a positive patient experience can do for a person, and it is that attitude which has won over the respect of his colleagues.   Last week Kartik became the first staff member in the Peninsula Health Emergency Department to collect a locally hand-made Hand Medal, one of 14 donated to the health service.

    Some of The Hand Medal Project medallions. Photo: Supplied. 

    “One hand medal will be given ...
  • Volunteers return to Peninsula Health

    Karen Budden (right), the first volunteer to return to Peninsula Health since 2020, welcomed back by Library Manager Janet Thompson (left).

    It was all smiles across Peninsula Health this week, with volunteers returning to the health service for the first time since early 2020.

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our 700+ dedicated volunteers and consumer representatives have been unable to come on-site and provide assistance to both staff and patients. 

    However, that all changed on Tuesday when Karen Budden proudly walked through the doors of Frankston Hospital.

    "It's so exciting to be back, I am just so happy," says Karen, who volunteers at both our Library and Infusion Centre. 

    "I've really missed it here – particularly the companionship you get through volunteering, working with other people and feeling as if you're doing something to help the bigger picture. It's great to be back."

    Karen began volunteering at Peninsula Health as a Patient ...