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Changing times

Grace Sargent and Nurse Unit Manager Kylie Bradley. Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. For Rosebud Hospital, that little thing patients and staff were struggling with was the condition and size of the bathrooms. With the renovations on Hillview and Walker Wards now finished, the new facilities are being warmly received. […]

Investment in caring in mental health

Michelle Shanti. For years, Peninsula Health has led the way with its award-winning Mental Health services, with an outdated in-patient facility at Frankston Hospital being the only drawback. But things are changing fast, with new State Government funding received to renovate the decades old adult inpatient area known as 2 West, and funds to build […]

Noel upbeat about hospital stay

Frankston South local Noel Austin never suspected the breathing difficulties he was experiencing were due to problems with his heart. “I couldn’t breathe properly so I had to sleep sitting up in a chair,” explained the 75-year-old. “So that’s when I came into the hospital and they said there is a problem with my heart […]

The Ageing Brain, Gait and Risk of Falls

Photo: Lavanya Sundararajan from Peninsula Health’s Falls Prevention Service and Professor Velandai Srikanth during Falls Week at Peninsula Health. The ageing brain, gait and a person’s risk of falls are all connected according to Peninsula Health’s Professor of Medicine Velandai Srikanth. “Falls occur in 30-60% of people as they get older,” explained Professor Srikanth when […]

Healthy foods served up to Elisabeth Murdoch College students

Students at Elisabeth Murdoch College (EMC) in Langwarrin are enjoying fruit salad and rice paper rolls for lunch, after the school canteen implemented a new, healthier menu. “Since implementing the changes recommended by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service, teachers have really noticed a positive difference in the behaviour of students,” said Julie Wrighton, Vice President of […]

Why practising clinicians should do research

Professor John Botha, Director of Intensive Care and Research at Peninsula Health is urging clinicians and other health professionals to become involved in research. “Most of us do research because we want to help our patients,” said Professor Botha, when speaking to Peninsula Health staff at the second research forum of the year on 27 […]

From Cape Town to Frankston: three generations of nurses

Fifteen years ago Michelle Rolleston made a life-changing decision – to move to Australia from Cape Town in South Africa with her family. “I was offered a job at Frankston Hospital as part of a nursing recruitment drive Peninsula Health were doing in South Africa,” explained Michelle. “All these years later I am still working […]

Supporting young Mums

Meet midwife Sharelle from the Young Women’s Clinic. Being young and being a parent is not easy, which is why women aged under 21 and having their first baby are offered specialised care and extra support through the Young Women’s Clinic. “The biggest issue these women face is that they’re young and they’re parenting,” explained […]

Speech Pathologist named Harmony Day Ambassador

Speech pathologist Eloise Wright is Peninsula Health’s inaugural Harmony Day Ambassador. “Eloise was nominated by her peers for consistently modelling a respectful and inclusive approach, which is particularly evident in her advocacy for patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with acquired language and speech difficulties,” said Alison Watts, convenor of Peninsula Health’s Cultural and […]

Carinya celebrates 25 years since opening

Residents and staff dance to the music. Peninsula Health’s residential aged care service Carinya has celebrated 25 years since it was first opened with a Rock N Roll party complete with a live singer. “All the residents loved the event – they were dancing and singing and the chair bound participants all had the biggest […]