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  • The Peninsula Health staff member racing around the world

    Seven years ago, Jay McGrath made a decision to change his life.

    Fast forward to 2017 and Peninsula Health’s Director of Workforce Health has gone from doing very little or no exercise, to competing in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in the Netherlands. He’s also run in the London and New York marathons and raced in every state in Australia.

    “I went from being unfit with an unhealthy lifestyle to exercising every day,” recalls Jay.

    “It took one comment from a doctor who said I wasn’t capable of doing something and from that point I just started changing what I was doing and it doesn’t take a lot. It’s all about little steps and little moments that change what you do.”

    Jay started off running, before an injury put him on the bike for a while.

    Triathlons were the next logical step.

    “Other guys in the family were training for triathlons ...

  • Carers caring for each other

    Jacinta Pope has spent the last 10 years caring for family members with mental health issues.

    Now, she’s joined Peninsula Health as a Carer Peer Worker, to help other carers on the Mornington Peninsula.

    “I think it makes a huge difference to the people I support being a carer myself – you’re not just talking the talk, you’ve walked the walk,” explains Jacinta.

    “While every case is different and every situation is different, you still have the same struggles as a carer trying to juggle your caring role with everything else that’s going on in your life.”

    Jacinta joined Peninsula Health a few months ago after working in a similar role at Wellways. This isn’t the first time Jacinta has worked at Peninsula Health – she began her career as a nurse and worked in rehabilitation at Rosebud Hospital and at the Mt Eliza Centre.

    Her role now is part connecting ...

  • Helping cancer patients at Frankston Hospital to Look Good, Feel Better

    Peninsula Health staff members Joan Thomas (far right) and Jane Biniak (centre) accepted a plaque from Look Good Feel Better to mark 20 years of workshops at Frankston Hospital. Patients including Jen (fourth from the right in the back row) had a lovely morning run by volunteers including Barb (fourth from left back row).

    Volunteers from Look Good Feel Better are helping cancer patients at Peninsula Health with the appearance related side-effects of their treatment, such as hair loss and changes to their skin.

    Every two months, their team of beauty therapists are on hand to provide a glamorous make-over at no charge.

    The workshop this week was extra special as it marked 20 years since Look Good Feel Better first started coming to Frankston Hospital.

    "It really boosts your confidence and makes you feel great,” says Jen Weymouth, who is currently going through treatment for ...

  • Spring is here – why not ride to work tomorrow?

    Thea Grenfell from our Community Health team regularly leaves her car at home and rides 9km to work at Frankston Hospital.

    She is encouraging others to follow her lead ahead of National Ride 2 Work Day on 18 October.

    “I try to ride to work 2-3 times per week,” says Thea.

    “I ride from Langwarrin along the Frankston-Baxter off road path.”

    There are many benefits to riding to work according to Thea.

    “It is time efficient – it takes me about 30 minutes to ride from my front door to the front door of Community Health. When driving, it takes me about 5 minutes less by the time I park off site and walk in.”

    “It also saves me money – there are no petrol costs or parking fees when you ride.”

    Currently two thirds of Australians don’t get enough exercise to maintain their health.

    Riding to work is one of the easiest and ...

  • Supporting local Mums like Isabelle, through cancer treatment

    Merricks North mother and businesswoman Isabelle Dogne was training for a marathon when she developed a sore breast.

    “I went to the doctors and got sent for further tests which found I had three tumours in my left breast,” recalls Isabelle.

    She has recently finished six months of treatment at Frankston Hospital. 

    “I chose to go to Frankston due to the closeness of living in Merricks,” says Isabelle.

    It is important that patients like Isabelle can have access to the best of care, close to home.

    Peninsula Health has recently wrapped up its Take a Break for Cancer campaign, which encouraged people to host their own fundraising event, to help bring world class cancer services to the Mornington Peninsula.

    Thanks to the generosity and hard work of local people, Take a Break for Cancer raised $7,650 for oncology services at Peninsula Health.

    This money will go towards vital new equipment which will be ...

  • Using lived experience to help others with mental illness

    Paul Fagan is using his own experience recovering from mental health issues and substance abuse to help mental health clients at Peninsula Health.

    “The terminology of peer worker is you’ve got lived experience,” explains Paul, who has worked in the Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit at Frankston Hospital as an Alcohol and Drug Peer Worker for the last few months.

    “I had mental health issues that I had to deal with which led to the substance abuse. I put in many, many, hours mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually to heal. Now my life holistically is very harmonious and healthy.”

    Paul says having lived experience helps him be able to engage with clients on a deeper level.

    “It creates a very therapeutic relationship and that in itself is very powerful and that’s where the job satisfaction comes in.”

    “It sort of ceases to become a job in one aspect because it’s two ...

  • VIDEO: Tour our newly renovated Mental Health ward, 2 West

    Frankston Hospital’s Adult Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit 2 West has recently had a major renovation thanks to funding from the State Government. The Nurse Unit Manager, Liam Shaw, takes you on a tour of the new spaces, including the fish tank and basketball court, to explain how the renovated communal areas are being used to provide world-class care.

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  • Changing the lives of people with an amputation

    Dr Juleen Lim, Prosthetist Nick Chiswell, Carlyle La'Brooy and Physiotherapist Kim Urmston.

    Dr Juleen Lim and Physiotherapist Kim Urmston are part of the multi-disciplinary team at Peninsula Health helping people with an amputation achieve their goals and function with a prosthetic limb.

    “We see clients at various stages in their rehabilitation journey – some have had an amputation recently and others may have had an amputation 30 or 40 years ago,” explains Kim.

    “Having a prosthetic leg you have to regularly come in for maintenance and repairs and there are often issues to deal with so we have a lifelong relationship with our clients,” adds Juleen.

    Majority of the amputee clients that come to the Peninsula Health Prosthetic Clinic have a prosthetic leg, although they do see a few people with prosthetic arms.

    Juleen and Kim both agree that working with people to help them be able ...

  • The orthopaedic surgeon from Frankston Hospital saving lives around the world

    Ian Young has worked as an orthopaedic surgeon at Peninsula Health for almost a decade.

    Over these years the long-serving surgeon has not only saved lives at Frankston Hospital – he has also been deployed a number of times as a Specialist Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy to places such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Papua New Guinea.

    “It’s a bit of a convoluted life, but when I’m not deployed I work at Peninsula Health full time,” explains Commander Young.

    “I do two clinics and two or three operating lists a week – a lot of shoulder work, hip and knee, a little bit of foot and ankle work and then trauma for adults and kids.”

    The trauma Commander Young sees at Frankston Hospital is a world away from the surgeries he has performed in war zones in the Middle ...

  • Cardiac arrest – a silent killer

    Alec with Cardiologist Dr Geoff Toogood and Cardiac Technologist Victoria Rotar when presenting his story at the Peninsula Health ICD Support Group.

    Sudden cardiac arrest is a silent killer – it can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time or age. It kills between 23,000 and 33,000 Australians each year; more than breast cancer, shootings and road crashes combined.

    Mornington man Alec Colombo is lucky to be alive after having an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest due to having an abnormal heart rhythm, called ventricular fibrillation.

    “I was feeling quite unwell. It was not pain like a heart attack I’d had in the past,” recalls Alec.

    “I was sweaty, nauseous. I said to my wife I think I should go to hospital – I can’t feel my heart.”

    Alec had a heart rate of 197 when he arrived at Frankston Hospital – most adults have ...