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  • People powering our Covid-19 Screening Clinics

    Pathology staff processing Covid-19 swab tests.

    Our frontline pathology staff are playing a vital role right now, collecting and processing a record number of testing samples in recent days. In one day alone, the team processed 2,078 Covid-19 tests.   We really appreciate everyone who is doing the right thing, responding to the call to get tested - no matter how minimal your symptoms may be.    Thank you to the entire team behind our Screening Clinics - from pathologists to nurses, alongside the administration staff. Every one of them appreciates your patience and kindness.   We’re operating multiple Screening Clinics across our region all week and will let you know when we add new testing locations.
  • Volunteer devotee retires after 16 years in Community Health

    Outgoing Peninsula Health Coordinator Gloria Callery.

    Peninsula Health is saying farewell to Gloria Callery after more than 16 years of service to Peninsula Health.

    A Community Health Volunteer Coordinator during that time, Gloria’s contributions have been immense, redesigning the Community Health volunteer services and working with the community to engage more community organisations.

    “It has been a privilege to work with our volunteers - their dedication, commitment and kindness shown has a trickle-down effect in our community. I have seen first-hand the impact that their willingness to lend a hand can have on staff and patients alike,” she says.

    “Volunteers are an invaluable support to many of our services. Not only that, they are great company. The world is filled with truly amazing people.”

    Peninsula Health Early Intervention in Chronic Disease (EliCD) Program Manager Lin Rabbage says Gloria’s commitment to evolving the volunteer programs within Community Health has strengthened the volunteer ...

  • Taking a closer look at injuries during the pandemic

    A lengthy pause on outdoor adult and junior sport competitions in Victoria has impacted the number of sporting injuries in 2020.

    Researchers are investigating changes to injury patterns during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The in-depth audit will examine those treated at Peninsula Health’s Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery Unit at Frankston Hospital over a six-month period this year, to see which injuries have been most prevalent among patients.

    “Plastic surgery units around the world have reported changes in injury patterns,” says Mr Marc Seifman, the study’s lead investigator and a Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon across multiple Victorian health services.

    “What we have been seeing particularly here in Australia is home-based injury rates increasing, including home handyman and construction injuries.”

    “Home has become the workplace, it’s become the classroom, it’s changed the way we do business and it’s changed the way we live our lives at this point in time.”

    With Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions changing the way communities spend their time, Mr Seifman says there ...

  • Dedication on full display at 2020 Service Awards Virtual Ceremony

    Kathy Price, who is celebrating 45 years at Peninsula Health, was one of 487 staff acknowledged at the 2020 Service Awards Virtual Ceremony.

    It was an occasion filled with great pride and gratitude as we hosted our 2020 Service Awards Virtual Ceremony yesterday afternoon.

    Exactly 487 Peninsula Health staff members were recognised for their tremendous service to our organisation, with people celebrating milestones of between 10 and 45 years at the health service.

    The event took place during our week-long Thank You Festival, where we are celebrating the amazing contributions of our people this year.

    “It is only fitting to be recognising our long service staff, who have been part of the health service through many triumphs and challenges over the years, during this week,” said Peninsula Health Chief Executive, Felicity Topp, at the ceremony.

    “To spend between 10 and 45 years of your life with Peninsula Health shows commitment, ...

  • Peninsula Health unveils third Reconciliation Action Plan

    Cover page to Peninsula Health's third Reconciliation Action Plan (2020-2022).

    Peninsula Health has launched its third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), outlining the steps that will be taken over coming years to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    The RAP, detailed under the banner of 'Innovate', is the culmination of many moths of work between staff and community members, who analysed the successes off the last plan and the areas of focus moving forward. 

    For the first time, the plan was released virtually, with a recorded smoking ceremony by Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man Lionel Lauch (watch below) being played to all those gathered. 

    "The new Reconciliation Action Plan sets out a strong agenda to achieve our vision for Reconciliation," says Peninsula Health Chief Executive Felicity Topp.

    "As an organisation, we are committed to becoming a leader in providing culturally safe, accessible, inclusive and high quality health services to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait ...

  • A sod turned on world-class research facilities in Frankston

    (Left to right) Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, Monash University, Dean Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Professor Christina Mitchell, Peninsula Health Chief Executive Felicty Topp, Frankston City Council Mayor Kris Bolam and Federal Member for Dunkley Peta Murphy turn the first sod on the new Academic and Research Centre. 

    The first sod has been officially turned at Frankston Hospital on Peninsula Health’s new Academic and Research Centre.

    The multi-million dollar centre is a joint venture with Monash University and is expected to take around 12 months to complete, opening in early 2022. Peninsula Health’s Chief Executive, Felicity Topp, said the sod turn was a significant milestone.

    “This is a symbolic moment in the evolution of Peninsula Health and the further progression of the Frankston health precinct,” said Ms Topp.

    “As we continue to expand our research profile, we are delighted to be creating a state-of-the-art environment for our clinicians, researchers and students,” ...

  • “I have 30 years of memories tied into these walls”: Terry George celebrates three decades at Peninsula Health

    After 30 years, Terry George is still a passionate and valued member of Peninsula Health.

    Terry George is proudly celebrating 30 years at Peninsula Health. He reflects on his career to date in the Q&A below.

    What is your current role at Peninsula Health?

    I am currently working in the Statutory Data Unit as a Applications Support Clerk.

    When did you start at Peninsula Health, and in what capacity?

    I think originally I started in 1987 as an Orderly/Cleaner/Food Services/Linen Reliever, but ended up doing mainly Orderly duties. I also worked as a Radiology Dark room Technician.

    I left mid-way through 1989 to pursue another career but came back in April 1990 as an Orderly/Nursing Attendant. After a couple of years, I ended up working in Theatre as a Theatre Tech (Grade 1). I saw an opportunity to change careers in 1999 and became a Patient Services Assistant in the Emergency ...

  • It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas…

    Carolling hospital staff have started somewhat of an annual tradition at The Mornington Centre. Watch the performance below.

    Comforting patients is something geriatricians are very familiar with.

    This Christmas, like they've done the previous two years, a group of geriatricians (very ably supported by James, rehab physician, on the guitar) have made it their mission to spread some Christmas cheer at The Mornington Center.

    “A group of us were sitting around, talking about it one day and we thought ‘Why not?’,” says Dr Khushu, Head of Unit, Geriatric Medicine. 

    “There started this little tradition and all of a sudden we were being joined by other nurses, doctors and colleagues – all who want to lift the spirits of those who are away from their homes during this festive time.”

    Last week the group of carolling staff – who are yet to name their ensemble – sang for almost two hours, visiting ...

  • “No two days have ever been the same”: What Peninsula Health means to a 30-year stalwart

    Viktorija Bonnamy, better known as Viki, thanks Peninsula Health for being “such a big part of my life” for the past 30 years.

    Striding through the Main Entrance of Frankston Hospital today is a beaming Viki Bonnamy, proudly standing tall after a year like none other in her three decades supporting the health service.

    “We got there,” exclaims the Occupational Health and Safety Consultant and Patient Services Manager.

    “I thought I’d seen it all in my many years here, but 2020 threw up more surprises than any of us could ever have imagined. An unforgettable year, in so many ways.”

    “I’m so proud of, not only what I’ve been able to juggle this year in my two roles, but proud of the way all my colleagues have risen to the endless challenges. It truly has been inspiring.”

    Viki has worked on a range of projects for staff ...

  • Saying thank you to our people, our volunteers and our community

    We would like to say Thank You to our staff, volunteers and the Frankston Mornington Peninsula community.

    Thank You to each and every one of our 6579 staff who have gone above and beyond to provide outstanding care for our community.

    Thank You to our community for your ongoing support. We truly appreciate all the messages, handwritten notes and drawings from students, and all the local businesses which donated food and drinks across the health service.

    Thank You to our volunteers and consumer representatives who have continued to provide insight, care and support.

    2020 has been extraordinary, challenging and like no other. We would like to say Thank You to each and every one of our people for everything you have done this year. Every single one of our 6579 staff members made a difference this year. Without each and every one our people we would not have been able ...