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  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Michelle Feldman

    Peninsula Health Patient Services Assistant and Ward Clerk Michelle Feldman. Photo: Supplied. 

    The next time you turn up at one of our Covid-19 Screening Clinics for a test, there is a good chance you will need to answer Michelle Feldman’s questions.

    Usually a Patient Services Assistant and Ward Clerk at Rosebud Hospital, currently Michelle is playing an important role in making sure our community can get a coronavirus test, quickly and locally.

    When she is not triaging members of our community as they turn up to a testing location, she is working hard behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly, for her colleagues taking the swabs and processing the samples.

    Thank you Michelle for caring for our community.

    Remember if you have any coronavirus symptoms, get tested. Locations here: https://www.peninsulahealth.org.au/2020/03/20/covid-19-coronavirus-screening-clinic-information/

  • Yawa Aquatic Centre makes an early splash for the Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal

    From left to right, Radiology Supervisor Damien Barbour, Yawa Aquatic Centre Guest Experience Manager Clare Black, Rosebud Hospital Patient Services Manager Julie Richardson and Yawa Aquatic Centre General Manager Dan Andrews. Photo: Supplied.

    The soon to be opened Yawa Aquatic Centre has begun what it hopes will be a long standing relationship with Peninsula Health, supporting staff as they raised more than $27,000 for Rosebud Hospital.

    Doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and support staff rode, ran and cycled throughout February as part of the revamped Summer Appeal. 

    For the first time ever, Peninsula Health encouraged the community to make a healthy pledge to walk, run or ride – to help purchase vital equipment and new technology at Rosebud Hospital.

    Damien Barbour was among the staff who took up the challenge. The Radiology Supervisor completed a gruelling trek right across the Mornington Peninsula, amassing just over 1000 ...

  • Flinders Lions car show fundraiser supports patient care at Peninsula Health

    Flinders Motoring Heritage event organiser Mary Iles with one of this year’s winning entries. Photo: Supplied.

    Community events are back and the Flinders Motoring Heritage event returned in a COVID Safe way this month, celebrating an array of prestige, vintage, unique and collector vehicles, all the while raising funds for Peninsula Health.

    After the event was cancelled in 2020, Flinders Motoring Heritage Committee member Mary Iles says organisers were delighted to welcome back a crowd of more than 1,000 to the heart of Flinders on 4 April.

    “We were really excited to be back this year, because this event already means so much to the exhibitors and the hundreds of people who attend,” says Mary, who also devotes her time to the Lions Club of Flinders – who manage the event.

    “We understand public safety continues to be a priority at this stage of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

  • Helping children become champs about mental health

    Peninsula Health Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness Coordinator and Occupational Therapist, Allira McCall, is excited to be offering the CHAMPS group in 2021.

    Peninsula Health is proudly running an upcoming program that supports children who have a parent or adult family member with mental health challenges.

    Called 'CHAMPS', the weekly program is a free peer support group for kids aged 8 - 12 years old. It begins on Thursday, 29 April 2021 and runs for five weeks (further details are below).

    CHAMPS is facilitated by experienced Mental Health Service staff, including some who have a lived experience of mental illness or being a carer.

    “We’re so excited to offer the CHAMPS group this year," says Peninsula Health Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI) Coordinator and Occupational Therapist, Allira McCall.

    "Just under a quarter of Victorian children live in a household where a parent has ...

  • Expert rheumatology care arrives at Frankston Hospital

    Peninsula Health rheumatologist Dr Bita Omidvar is excited to be offering patients better access to specialised treatment.

    A dedicated rheumatology service has been set up at Peninsula Health, providing patients with the support they need in managing over 150 different types of musculoskeletal conditions.

    Rheumatology consultant Dr Bita Omidvar says patients are now being treated as part of the new Rheumatology Clinic at Frankston Hospital, the first of its kind at Peninsula Health.

    “Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula has not had local access to a publicly funded outpatient rheumatology for some years, meaning some patients would be travelling two, even three hours to get the treatment they need - which is not very convenient,” says Dr Omidvar.

    “We’re bringing world class care closer to home for the local community in Frankston and Mornington Peninsula. Now GPs can refer any patients with arthritis, gout, any sort of inflammatory connective ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Amar Singh

    Amarpreet Singh is a Registered Nurse at Peninsula Health, who won the Award of Excellence (General) at our Virtual Graduate Nurse Ceremony earlier this year.

    Name: Amarpreet (Amar) Singh

    Role: Registered Nurse

    Q: Congratulations on all your achievements over the past 12 months. What does winning the Award of Excellence (General) mean to you?

    A: I feel genuinely honoured to be able to represent the graduate cohort through this award. While I am grateful for the credit that I am given, I want to turn the spotlight on the other graduates who have also made it through the year. I also want to show my gratitude to the educators and the senior employees who have led by example and have nurtured us to fit our shoes as fully-fledged registered nurses. 

    Q: 2020 was a difficult year for everyone across the health service, and particularly so for grad ...
  • Saluting more than 50 years of unwavering Rosebud support

    The Rosebud Hospital Auxiliary has donated more than $200,000 to Rosebud Hospital over it's history. Pictured (from left to right) auxiliary member Jan Ridout, Rosebud Hospital Operations Director Jodi Foley, Rosebud Hospital Operations Assistant Di Kitchin, outgoing President Rona Cannon and auxiliary member Bernadette McCready.

    To celebrate the Rosebud Hospital Auxiliary's more than half a centenary of giving, the passionate group came together one last time to present a final cheque.  

    The hospital has been a beneficiary of the auxiliary's dedicated work since the 1960s. 

    This year the group has announced it is disbanding, presenting a final cheque - symbolising the more than $200,000 donated in the past two decades – with every cent going towards the purchase of much needed hospital equipment.

    Outgoing President Rona Cannon says every current and past member is proud of the difference the auxiliary made. 

    “We have had so much fun,” says Rona.

    “There have been so ...

  • Green thumbs flourish at The Mornington Centre

    The Mornington Centre’s Flinders Ward sensory garden gets the green thumb treatment from Melissa Schaller and Bunnings Warehouse Mornington Activities Organiser Jenny Mann.

    Patients are growing and picking even more fruit and vegetables at The Mornington Centre thanks to another generous contribution made by the local Bunnings Warehouse.

    Wearing their familiar red shirts, the hardware giant’s Mornington team dropped by this month donating an abundance of produce seedlings – and a bit of hard yakka – to complement TMC's three sensory gardens.

    Patients Allan Brilliant and Melissa Schaller did not hesitate to work their green thumbs, turning over the soil with fresh mulch and giving the Flinders Ward sensory garden bed a sprinkle of water.

    Diversional therapist Maureen Donovan thanked the local Bunnings team for their contributions in creating a greener landscape in the outdoor spaces at The Mornington Centre.


  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Stephen van Nooten

    Peninsula Health Screening Clinics Administration Supervisor Stephen van Nooten.

    As the vaccine rollout gathers momentum, let’s not forget the incredible difference our staff have been making as part of our Covid-19 response, just like Screening Clinics Administration Supervisor Stephen van Nooten.

    In his position, Stephen plays an important role in training and supervising Ward Clerks who process swabs.

    He also prepares existing casual clerks and new clerks specifically recruited to work in the Screening Clinics, as well staff redeployed from other departments.

    As he enjoys a well earned long service leave break, we want to say thank you Stephen for caring for our community.

  • Mornington Peninsula aged care roll up their sleeves

    Infection Preventionists Ingrid de Beer (left) and Sue Thorpe (right) from Peninsula Health’s Infection Prevention and Control Unit prepare a Covid-19 vaccine.

    The Mornington Peninsula’s first public sector aged care residents and staff have begun receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Residents at Peninsula Health’s Carinya Aged Care Centre at Capel Sound rolled up their sleeves last week, as phase 1a of the vaccine rollout expands across the region after beginning with frontline healthcare staff.

    Carinya Nurse Unit Manager Michelle Paine says Carinya’s staff, residents and their families are keen to receive the first of their two vaccine doses, seeing the vaccine program as an important step towards protecting themselves and each other.

    “The last twelve months have been very challenging for the aged care sector, for the families of the residents as well as the staff. That’s why everyone is so grateful for getting ...