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  • Join us at the Bay Mob Expo

    Helen Bnads, Elder, and Cultural Lead at Peninsula Health can't wait for this year's Bay Mob Expo.

    The Bay Mob Expo on Friday 16 April and will showcase many of the health, education and wellbeing opportunities available for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) communities across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula – one of the fastest growing ATSI communities in Victoria.

    Helen Bnads, Elder, and Cultural Lead at Peninsula Health is looking forward to the event.

    “The Bay Mob Expo is a great example of the active and respected partnership between the local Aboriginal communities, Peninsula Health and other organisations of the south eastern area,” says Helen.

    “This free family event brings together health, education, sports, arts, government providers to share information about their services and to promote further Aboriginal safety, strong culture, strong peoples aspiration of self-determination.”

    The event was created and supported by a group of local organisations – ...

  • Advance Care Planning Week 2021 – You Decide, Plan Ahead!

    Peninsula Health Advance Care Planning Clinician and Team Leader, Teresa Gillespie, says it is important to plan ahead while you are in good health.

    We all have the right to make our own medical treatment decisions.  However, we could all experience an injury or illness that renders us incapable of making these decisions, or communicating our wishes, either temporarily or permanently.  This Advance Care Planning Week, we want to remind our community that planning ahead is relevant to everyone, and that our free Advance Care Planning Service is here to help you.  What is Advance Care Planning? Advance Care Planning provides a clear process for talking about and documenting preferences for your future health care. The choices made through this process only come into operation if you no longer have capacity to make your own decisions regarding medical care and treatment.    The decisions you make when completing the relevant Advance ...
  • “It honestly changed our lives”: helping people of all ages with swallowing

    Senior Speech Pathologist Danielle Surwald assessing baby Kenza Pranskunas' 'suck:swallow:breathe' coordination, as her father Zac offers a bottle feed.

    Swallowing is one of the most important yet overlooked functions of the human body.

    That’s why today, 17 March 2021, Peninsula Health is actively promoting Swallowing Awareness Day.

    “A swallowing problem can occur at any stage of life,” says Peninsula Health Senior Speech Pathologist (Children’s Team), Danielle Surwald.

    “Most Australians are unaware of how difficulties with swallowing can be frightening and life threatening.”

    “Swallowing Awareness Day is an opportunity for all of us to learn more about swallowing difficulties and how they impact on the lives around us.”

    The theme for this year's Swallowing Awareness Day is: ‘Dysphagia. A difficult diagnosis to swallow!’ Dysphagia broadly refers to any problem with sucking, swallowing, drinking, chewing, eating, controlling saliva, taking medication, or protecting the lungs from food and drink ‘going the wrong way’.

    Fortunately, Peninsula Health ...

  • Pacemaker surgery for premiership winning coach

    Paddy Swayne underwent pacemaker surgery, performed by Frankston Hospital’s catheter lab team.

    When the Pines Football Netball Club step onto Frankston Park for their round one MPNFL game, premiership winning coach Paddy Swayne will be grateful just to be there.   This month the 50 year old suffered a cardiac episode at home and taken to Frankston Hospital, where he underwent “life-changing” pacemaker surgery.   “On behalf of my family and I, we would like to thank the Ambulance Victoria staff, and all the nurses and doctors at Peninsula Health for their professionalism and level of care,” ...
  • World Oral Health Day 2021: Be proud of your mouth at Carinya

    Jennifer Svec, Oral Health Coach from the Community Dental Program, Peninsula Health patient Glenda Madder, and Dentist Dr Amar Beharee. Photo: Supplied. 

    The Community Dental Program has restarted outreach programs in a COVID safe way, including providing dental services for people living at Peninsula Health’s Carinya Residential Aged Care Service in Capel Sound.

    A team of two – usually made up of a dentist and an oral health coach – attend the service, focused on helping patient’s maintain their oral health by offering oral examinations, dental treatment, and referrals when needed.

    Today they are sharing the difference they are making for World Oral Health Day, celebrated annually on 20th March. This year, the message is to ‘Be Proud of your Mouth’.

    Oral health coach, Jenni Svec says the dental team enjoy attending Carinya Residential Aged Care.

    “Pain or refusal to eat are some symptoms that a resident may have a tooth or mouth issue.  The dental team ...

  • “Preventable and treatable”: How to be delirium aware

    Peninsula Health Geriatrician Dr Navin Amarasinghe.

    In the lead up to World Delirium Awareness Day (Wednesday 17 March), Geriatrician Dr Navin Amarasinghe is reminding our community why the condition is everyone’s responsibility and what we can do to prevent it. 

    “Often seen in patients over the age of 65, delirium is a change in mental state typified by disturbances to a person’s attention, concentration and perception - a condition commonly seen in the hospital environment,” says Navin.

    “We regularly screen patients for delirium and monitor those at higher risk of developing the condition. While the causes can be complex, pathology tests do help us to identify and diagnose the condition.”

    Navin is encouraging our community to be aware of the signs of delirium and to raise it with a health professional if you suspect a loved one may be suffering from delirium.

    To learn more about Delirium ...

  • Celebrating World Social Work Day

    Peninsula Health social worker Kirby Dornbusch.

    Ahead of World Social Work Day on March 16, we took the opportunity to catch up with Kirby Dornbusch to find out why Peninsula Health’s social workers are passionate about what they do.

    “It may sound like a cliché, but the reason why we are so dedicated to our roles is because every day is as challenging as it is rewarding,” reflects Kirby, who’s currently based on Port Phillip and Bass wards at Frankston Hospital.

    “We have an enormous privilege of being part of the personal and intimate stories of our consumers. Every day we get to go home with the accomplishment of making a positive difference, knowing we have advocated for those patients and clients who can’t speak up for themselves.”

    We recognise the difference our Social Workers make and thank them for their contribution to the ...

  • International Women’s Day 2021: Peninsula Health’s COVID-19 Incident Commander on leading through a pandemic

    Helen Cooper is leading Peninsula Health’s response to Covid-19. Picture: Supplied.

    The woman driving Peninsula Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has reflected on one of the most challenging years in her professional life, acknowledging the efforts of her colleagues to “adapt and change” this past year.

    “Everything I thought I knew about health just changed completely - very quickly,” says Peninsula Health Executive Director Operations and COVID-19 Incident Commander Helen Cooper.

    “We did not have a lot of time to prepare because we did not know what we were getting ready for and the things we knew about infection prevention and control and what coronavirus was, changed as well, so it was very difficult.”

    “I am so proud of the way our people adapted - big adaptation for everyone involved -  and being willing to learn, and we’re still learning.”


  • Landmark day as Peninsula Health’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout gets underway

    Peninsula Health registered nurse Vanessa Nolan receives her vaccine from immunisation coordinator Jody Logan. Picture: Supplied.

    The coronavirus vaccine rollout is underway at Peninsula Health, with eligible frontline staff members receiving their first dose today at the newly created staff vaccination clinic.

    Patient Services Assistant Louise Thoms, Clinical Director of Emergency Dr Jonathan Dowling, Registered Nurse Vanessa Nolan and Senior Pharmacist for Critical Care and Surgery Iouri Banakh, who works in our Intensive Care Unit, were the first four staff members to receive the vaccine at the Frankston Hospital based clinic.

    “It went absolutely fine, barely felt a thing,” says Vanessa.

    “It was a really simple and seamless process. I sat in the chair, signed a consent form, got the vaccination, sat down for about 15 minutes or so and then back off to work.”

    Vanessa has spent the past year working on Bass Ward at Frankston ...

  • Buruli ulcer and your skin – everything you need to know

    The Buruli ulcer. Photo: Better Health Channel

    This blog is written by Professor Damon Eisen, Medical Lead, Infection Prevention and Control Unit

    Buruli ulcer is a skin infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans (M. ulcerans) usually presenting as a slowly developing painless nodule or papule which can initially be mistaken for an insect bite.

    Over time the lesion can progress to develop into a destructive skin ulcer which is known as Buruli ulcer or Bairnsdale ulcer.

    Who is at risk?

    Everyone is susceptible to infection. Disease can occur at any age, but Buruli ulcer notifications are highest in people aged 60 years and above in Victoria. Individuals who live in or visit endemic areas are considered at greatest risk. 

    When recognised early, diagnostic testing is straightforward. If guidelines are followed prompt treatment can significantly reduce skin loss and tissue damage, as well as lead to more simplified treatment.

    Because the highest risk ...