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  • Helping older people live independently at home, for longer

    Seaford couple Joy and Rob McInnes credit the Occupational Therapy team at Peninsula Health with helping them be able to continue living in their own home.

    When Joy and Rob first met Occupational Therapist Lauren Wood from the Domiciliary Care team at Peninsula Health, Joy was having trouble walking long distances and getting around at the shops and Rob couldn’t access the back section of his garden.

    “Lauren came and made sure everything around the house was safe for us,” explains Joy.

    “Rob has always been a keen gardener, but he’d had a couple of falls in the backyard. Lauren arranged for the drain out the back to be raised up so the ground was level. She also organised a carpenter to come and build some steps and put in a new rail so we can get ...

  • Suicide awareness – how to reach out if you’re concerned about a loved one

    Georgia Hocking (second from right) with her Dad Paul, sisters Hayleigh and Maddison and brother Ben.

    Mornington Peninsula local Georgia Hocking lost her younger brother Ben to suicide in 2016. This week, Georgia will share her story to help raise awareness about suicide, and what people can do to help prevent it, at a free Peninsula Health Forum.

    “Really sadly our little brother Ben passed away to suicide and no one saw it coming,” explains Georgia.

    “Ben was only 22 years old, he was very happy and very bubbly. After it happened we were just shocked. My older sister shared a post on social media about our grief and it went viral, so from there we started It’s OKAY to not be OKAY.”

    Through It’s OKAY not to be OKAY, Georgia and her family use their story to try and help others – by sharing it ...

  • Local car dealership supports their local health service

    Frankston and Cranbourne Toyota General Manager Howard Bould with Frankston Hospital Chief Operating Officer Brendon Garnder and Peninsula Health staff testing out the new cars. 

    Peninsula Health staff who travel to see patients at home now have access to three brand new fleet cars, thanks to Frankston and Cranbourne Toyota.

    “Many of our community health staff travel from Peninsula Health sites to see patients in the community or at home,” explains Peninsula Health Chief Executive Felicity Topp.

    “Thanks to the support of Frankston and Cranbourne Toyota, we now have three additional fleet cars available for our staff to use for these important visits. For example, clinicians from our Stroke Detours Program regularly use fleet cars to visit people recovering from stroke, so they can do rehabilitation at home.”

    Frankston and Cranbourne Toyota General Manager Howard Bould handed over the keys to the new Toyota Corolla, Rav ...

  • Keeping things ticking

    Wayne Kitchin outside Rosebud Hosptial.

    Wayne Kitchin has been the maintenance man behind the scenes at Rosebud Hospital for nearly three decades.

    “I’m in my 29th year, starting on 7 May 1990.”

    As Maintenance Supervisor, very little happens at Rosebud without Wayne’s knowledge, supervision and guidance.

    “I started out as a cleaner, part-time, and I was running a motel at the time, and then the recession hit,” says Wayne. “Because the gardener had retired they were talking about outsourcing the mowing job, and so I said ‘I’ll do it’, so I started doing that as well!”

    “When the maintenance guy came up for retirement, I said ‘well I’ll step in there and have that job too’, so I have been officially with Facilities Management since about 1993.” Things changed quickly after Wayne took on the full-time maintenance role, as Rosebud Hospital quickly grew.

    “We doubled the size of ...

  • Our littlest patients

    Kathy McMahon - Paediatrics.

    In the six years since Dr Kathy McMahon took over as Clinical Director of Paediatrics at Peninsula Health, there has been seismic change.

    “We had only one Outpatient clinic when I started in 2012, we now have about 28 different clinics as well as our Outreach service, where we are in some of the vulnerable schools seeing children who previously did not see paediatricians.”

    In addition to the growth in outpatient programs, Kathy’s attention is also on innovation in the acute hospital area.

    “We have a vibrant educational program now, which I believe has been instrumental in Paediatric trainees coming to work here,” enthuses Kathy. “We have outstanding trainees and each year the applicants far outweigh the positions, leading to better care for our local children. We have become one of the prized rotations from The Royal Children’s Hospital.”

    “Previously people had to ...

  • In their hands

    Mr Peter Evans in surgery.

    Mr Peter Evans, our new Clinical Director of Surgery, shares what it’s really like inside our operating theatres, where lives are saved and changed every day.

    Last year our surgeons performed 19,474 surgeries.

    “Having someone’s life in your hands is about the biggest responsibility you can have,” says Peter, who specialises in liver, pancreatic and biliary surgery.

    “A lot of surgery is problem solving and most surgeons thrive on that challenge. The reward for success is being able to make a difference in someone’s life.”

    In the operating room

    Every theatre is staffed by a team of professionals, who work closely together to care for the patient.

    “I prefer to be called Peter – not Mr Evans or Dr Evans,” explains Peter.

    “It is important that all members of the team are on a first name basis, as it improves the operating room culture and ...

  • Advance Care Planning on the agenda for Singaporean delegation visit to Peninsula Health

    Dr Raymond Ng and Peninsula Health Chief Executive Felicity Topp at Frankston Hospital. 

    Peninsula Health recently hosted a delegation of medical, allied health and nursing staff from Singapore’s Regional Healthcare Systems, to discuss how the two countries manage Advance Care Planning.

    Dr Fergus McGee and Belinda Berry, who lead the Advance Care Planning (ACP) program at Peninsula Health, gave the visitors led by Dr Raymond Ng, ACP Clinical Lead from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, a comprehensive tour of the health service and how ACP is embedded into clinical practise.

    “Our process for identifying ACP is at the point of entry to our health service – we were able to show the delegation how our IT alerts system for this works,” explains Dr Fergus.

    “Legislation recently came into effect from March 2018 which sets out who is the Medical Treatment Decision Maker, Appointed Support Person and allowing ...

  • Getting patients home sooner

    Nurse Unit Manager Karly with patient Sandy.

    Nurse Unit Manager Karly Hudgson has led a new project to discharge five patients before 10am daily on the busiest ward at Frankston Hospital, the Surgical Short Stay Unit (SSSU).

    “The SSSU can admit and discharge more than 100 patients in one week,” explains Karly.

    “This is double the number of patients compared to other wards in the hospital.”

    There is a big demand for beds in the SSSU from the Emergency Department (ED) and Theatre.

    “Early discharges from SSSU allow new surgical patients to be admitted earlier, reducing their length of stay in ED and theatre. When SSSU is bed blocked there is increased pressure on these two areas.”

    “So we decided to start a new project, with the aim of discharging five patients before 10am each day.”

    To achieve this, Karly and the team focused on early identification and ...

  • Mental health care, support and planning in the Emergency Department

    When people in a mental health crisis come to Frankston Emergency Department, Tonya Chique and Emma Carlton are part of our specialist team who are there to help.

    The Mental Health Clinician/ Consultation Liaison team provide assessment, treatment and planning for patients with co-morbid mental health and physical health needs who have presented to the ED.

    “We see any people that come into the ED requiring a mental health assessment,” explains Tonya.

    “We also do discharge planning and referrals – whether it be for a person requiring a crisis admission, or referring them back to their GP with some extra supports, perhaps a psychologist.”

    The multidisciplinary team is made up of nurses, allied health clinicians, a consultant psychiatrist and psychiatric registrar.

    “I’m a general trained nurse who did my post-grad diploma in mental health and then did my Masters,” says Tonya.

    “I’ve worked in many areas of mental health since starting at ...

  • From Austria to Australia – Q&A with pharmacy student Birgit

    Austrian pharmacy student Birgit Reienhofer has recently finished placement at Frankston Hospital.

    Birgit shares some highlights of her time at Peninsula Health and what she, as a final year pharmacy student, believes are the biggest differences between how pharmacists work in Austria and Australia.

    Q: Why did you decide to come to Australia to do a student placement?

    A: I always wanted to go abroad during my study to gain experience in the clinical pharmacy field as I believe that working in partnerships with patients and other health care professionals is becoming more and more important in my country too.

    Q: Why did you choose to work at Peninsula Health?

    A: I chose Peninsula Health because the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Karl Franzens University in Graz, has been collaborating with the Pharmacy Department at Frankston Hospital for many years now and past students were always highly satisfied.  Another ...