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  • Rosebud Hospital saves Rye man’s life

    Rye local Ronnie Streete was at work on a Sunday morning, when he was overtaken by a sharp pain in his chest which was so bad that he could barely breathe.

    “I felt like I was having a heart attack,” recalls Ronnie.

    “The symptoms just grabbed me and took over – I was in extreme pain and it was hard to breathe.”

    Ronnie went straight to Rosebud Hospital Emergency Department, where the staff worked quickly to relieve his pain and save his life. 

    Rosebud Hospital is often the first stop for critically ill patients on the Southern Peninsula, like long-time local Ronnie. This holiday season, the Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal is back. Peninsula Health is calling on the local community to support its local hospital, so doctors and nurses have access to the latest medical equipment to provide the best possible care to patients.

    Ronnie wasn’t ...

  • Nurse celebrates 45 years of service with Peninsula Health

    Aida with some of the decorations she put up on Westernport Ward at Frankston Hospital. 

    Coronary care nurse Aida Singer turns 75 in January, but she has no plans of retiring from the career she loves yet and has just clocked up a milestone 45 years of service with Peninsula Health.

    “I love nursing and I love all the people,” says Aida, an Associate Nurse Unit Manager at Frankston Hospital.

    Aida moved to Australia from the Philippines in the sixties, after studying her Bachelor of Nursing and Science. She comes from a family of health professionals.

    “My father was a doctor and my sister, cousin and brother all work in health,” explains Aida.

    “I was exposed to nursing growing up as my father was a practitioner at home in the country-side and people would come in with blood wounds. I wasn’t frightened of blood – we used ...

  • Messages of hope for an end to family violence

    Photo: Head of Social Work Dr Meghan O’Brien, Chief Executive Felicity Topp, Family Violence Clinical Liaison Laura Menzies and Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Project Coordinator Marilyn Connolly with the Tree of Hope at Frankston Hospital.

    More than 300 staff members, visitors and patients across Peninsula Health have written messages on the Tree of Hope, in support of the 16 Days of Activism to end Family Violence across the lifespan.

    Peninsula Health was one of 12 health services across the state to have a Tree of Hope, with all of the trees coming together to form one display at Southbank on 10 December – Human Rights Day – and the conclusion of the 16 Days campaign.

    Photo: Peninsula Health social work team members and Executive Director Lyn Jamieson at Southbank. .

    Family Violence Clinical Liaison Laura ...

  • Surgical research at Peninsula Health

    Last week the research being conducted by the surgical team at Peninsula Health was showcased, at the annual Surgical Symposium.

    Medical students, medical interns, registrars and residents presented research they have done over the last year, to be considered for the Professor Jonathan Serpell Prize for Excellence in Surgical Research and Endeavour and the Frankston Orthopaedic Research Prize.

    Congratulations to everyone who presented their work at the symposium and also to the below award winners.

    Frankston Orthopaedic Research Prize

    Dr Christopher Stokes

    Chris has made multiple contributions in the orthopaedic research space – he presented at the national Trauma meeting in Noosa on humeral shaft fractures and in Perth at the Shoulder and Elbow Society ASM on biceps tenodesis. He has also worked tirelessly on Peninsula Health’s contribution to the Australia and New Zealand hip fracture registry and he wrote national guidelines on Urinary tract management at the time of Hip and Knee Joint ...

  • New OPG service opens at Rosebud Hospital

    Pictured: Colin Chapman having an OPG scan done by Head of Rosebud Radiology, Damien Barbour.

    Safety Beach great-grandfather Colin Chapman is one of the first patients to benefit from the new OPG – Orthopantomogram – machine at Rosebud Hospital.

    Colin, who turns 91 next month, had a bad fall a few years ago and has some difficulty chewing. His Dentist requested Colin get an OPG scan done, to get a good picture of what is going on in his mouth.

    “An OPG takes a panoramic view of the jawbone and teeth,” explains Damien Barbour, Head of Rosebud Radiology.

    “If people need a scan to diagnose jaw fractures or dental conditions, now they can have it right here at Rosebud Hospital.”

    “This means faster diagnosis, and faster treatment for people who present to the Emergency Department with a jaw injury and for people referred by their dentist, ...

  • The young volunteer advocating for people with a disability

    Sarah Confoy is passionate about improving the accessibility of Peninsula Health’s sites and services for people with a disability.

    “I like helping people in the community and advocating for people with disabilities who can’t advocate for themselves,” explained Sarah, who has been a member of Peninsula Health’s Disability Consumer Advisory Group (CAG) for more than five years.

    “I really enjoy being on the CAG and helping Peninsula Health improve its systems for people with a disability.”

    The 31-year-old has been involved in many projects with the CAG, including making sure the design of the new Emergency Department, which opened in 2015, was accessible for people with a disability and also improving wayfinding signage at Frankston Hospital.

    “I have a lot of knowledge and hands on experience of trying to read signage from my background as a person with a disability,” explained Sarah.

    “I have a visual impairment and I’m legally blind ...

  • Leading the way in research in allied health

    Peninsula Health has broadened its research portfolio in rehabilitation, with the appointment of David Snowdon to a newly established position of Allied Health Research Lead in Sub-Acute.

    David started his new role in 2018 and is already working hard to deliver significant results for the local community. David’s role is not only to initiate his own investigative work, but also to foster and encourage research projects across the sub-acute areas at Frankston, Mornington, Hastings and Rosebud.

    Facilitating research across the health service

    “My role is to help clinicians conduct research but also translate it into practice,” explains David.

    “So if clinicians want to change their practice in a certain area or if they have found some evidence they would like to explore further, I can help to facilitate that work.”

    “The best research ideas come from the clinicians themselves, so that will be ...

  • Keeping children and families safe

    Family violence trainer Kelly Finch during a training session with Emergency Department nurses. 

    Family violence in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula is among the highest in Victoria.

    On average, 11 incidents are reported to police every day.

    Our family violence programs work both at a system level to ensure we have the right processes in place to tackle family violence, as well as with individuals experiencing violence to provide appropriate care and support.

    Strengthening our response to family violence

    In February 2018, we launched our Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence program. Led by our Social Work team, the program is strengthening the capacity of our staff to appropriately respond and care for patients and colleagues experiencing family violence.

    The program is funded by the State Government and details the specific actions we will take to tackle this intractable health and social issue.

    Project ...

  • Going home early no hindrance to a speedy recovery

    There is an increasingly widespread belief that patients recovering from stroke can adequately continue their rehabilitation at home if they are discharged from hospital sooner.

    “The assumption is that people are more active at home compared to in hospital. We are investigating whether this assumption is true,” says Peninsula Health physiotherapist and Stroke Detours Program clinician, Jenica Parker.

    Using a group of 16 participants with a median age of 69, Jenica is investigating whether there is any evidence to support the theory that a home environment is equally as effective as an inpatient rehabilitation environment in stroke recovery.

    Peninsula Health’s Stroke Detours Program is a home-based high intensity early supported discharge program for people who have suffered a stroke.

    The program focuses on changing a patient’s rehabilitation environment from an inpatient setting to their own home, while still being visited by a ...

  • From Papua New Guinea to Frankston Hospital Infusion Centre

    Patient Gary Jean with Infusion Centre nurses Amanda and Siobhan.

    Every six weeks, fly-in-fly-out worker Gary Jean travels from Papua New Guinea (PNG) to the Infusion Centre at Frankston Hospital.

    The accountant makes the eight hour journey to receive an infusion he can’t get in PNG, which takes away the numbness in his feet, so he can walk without any problems. 

    “CIDP is a condition that causes numbness in your feet and legs,” explains Gary.

    “Having the infusion brings back the feeling in your feet. Then over time 5-6 weeks, the numbness starts to come back, so then you have to go have the treatment again.”

    Gary knew he needed to seek treatment one day when he was playing golf.

    “I play a lot of golf in PNG and one day and I was walking across a ditch and ...