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  • Frankston Hospital COVID Update


    Thank you to our community for your support, words of encouragement and kind gestures over this difficult week at Peninsula Health – it means the world to us. I would also like to say thank you to all of our staff, many of whom are members of our local community here in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Your resilience, support for each other and dedication to providing exceptional care for our community makes me incredibly proud of each and every one of you.


    The safety and wellbeing of our staff, our patients and our community is our utmost priority, and we are doing all we can to help stop any further spread of the virus. Over the last week we have worked with a team of highly skilled infection prevention experts to provide additional assistance in undertaking a review of ...

  • Preventing invasive heart surgery with a ground-breaking surgical technique

    Dr Robert Lew with 78-year-old Faye Hurst, one of Peninsula Health's first patients to be treated with the new surgical technique.

    Peninsula Health heart doctors are giving patients with cardiac conditions and diseases a better shot at life, performing cutting-edge surgery that can prevent more serious surgeries, like the coronary bypass.

    Cardiologist Dr Robert Lew performed the new shockwave intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) procedure for the first time this week in Frankston Hospital’s catheterization laboratory – currently one of only four Victorian hospitals using this treatment.

    “A small percentage of our patients have what we call severe calcified stenosis, which is excess calcium building up on the heart blockages – calcium is a mineral found in our bloodstreams, and it can accumulate greater in  deposits with age,” says Dr Lew.

    “IVL uses a shockwave fracturing technique, allowing us to deploy stent more safely and easily, resulting in far better outcomes for ...

  • How much sugar is hiding in your trolley during Covid-19?

    Peninsula Health Community Dental Program is taking precautions to protect patients in the Covid-19 environment.

    As we all stay home as much as possible during the current Stage 4 restrictions, it can be all too easy for us to stock up on comfort foods when making a permitted trip to the supermarket.

    But even those foods we think are healthy could be adding to sugar to our diet, without us even knowing.

    This Dental Health Week (August 3-9), the Australian Dental Association Victoria wants us to take a closer look at the processed foods we’re dropping in the supermarket trolley – and think about ‘How much sugar is hiding in your trolley?’

    Peninsula Health Acting Community Dental Program Manager Rachael Gallagher points out many people think a little extra sugar isn’t such a big deal, but most are taking in far more than they realise.

    “We know the average Australian is ...

  • Peninsula Health launches Newborn Hospital in the Home service

    Adrianna and Dominic Coelho with their newborn baby, Avia.

    Peninsula Health has launched a new service allowing premature or low birthweight babies to be monitored and cared for in the comfort of their family home.

    The service, called ‘Newborn Hospital in the Home' (‘Newborn HITH’), sees trained nurses and midwives visit the homes of new parents whose babies have additional health needs, with a focus on monitoring of feeding, weight gain and health promotion. It is run by the Special Care Nursery in conjunction with the Hospital in the Home unit.

    All nursing staff take care to ensure all Covid-19 precautions are met, including patient screening and infection control measures in the home.

    Nurse Unit Manager of the Special Care Nursery, Alison Conroy-Joyce, says the service brings a range of important benefits for families.

    “Overall, the Newborn HITH service is aimed at improving our consumer experience and ensuring really positive ...

  • Diagnosed with persistent pain at 50, this figure skater is thriving thanks to Peninsula Health

    Frankston North resident Jan Dance spends more time on the water with the help of Peninsula Health's Persistent Pain Management Service. 

    Over the years, Jan Dance found her happy place skiing on water or skating on ice – but her failing body put both of her life’s passions on hold.  

    When the 62-year-old started developing chronic lower back pain during 2004-05, a bout of surgery would ensue a couple of years later, however, the problem persisted and suddenly the surgeries were continuing, time and again.

    After each surgery, Jan would try going back to doing what she loved.

    “At first, it didn't stop me from doing anything because I am stubborn and not prepared to give in to pain,” she says.

    “When it got to a stage where I couldn't stand the pain anymore, I had to seek medical help. I was put onto high doses of pain relief.”


  • People and Culture supporting more than 6000 staff through Covid-19

    Simone Harris, Lyndsey Riley, James Murray, Kaiya Maskas (left to right) and Dwayne D’Olivera (working from home) in the People and Culture team, are providing support to all areas of Peninsula Health during Covid-19.

    Peninsula Health’s People and Culture team has been providing support to all areas of the health service, responding to more than 5000 queries from staff through the Covid-19 pandemic.

    A Covid Call Centre Hotline was established in mid-March, answering calls for support from managers and staff from across the organisation.

    Lead Performance Simone Harris says the hotline has been having an extremely positive impact, looking after those who may have been feeling overwhelmed with the many changes to the workplace.

    “Members of the HR Advisory service operate the call centre, providing a central source of reliable information regarding Covid-19 and related employment matters,” says Simone.

    “The Hotline is a safe and confidential space to ask any ...

  • How a young Mount Eliza woman manages dozens of daily diabetes decisions

    Alexandra Nolte has been living with diabetes since she was 11 years old.

    Alex Nolte makes more than 100 decisions about her blood glucose levels, medications, food, exercise, work and even driving, so she can live healthy and well with type 1 diabetes.

    The 25 year old from Mount Eliza was diagnosed at 11 years old.

    These are decisions she’s been making every day since then.

    “Everyone’s experience of diabetes is different,” says Alex. “You could say it’s like living with a full time job.”

    “I have been fortunate enough not to struggle with any mental health issues, however I do experience occasional anxiety, about going into hyperglycaemia during important events or overnight.”

    “To cope with this, I've learnt to trust my judgement and my ability to manage the condition, and not to fixate on the possibility of hypoing if there isn’t any real reason that I would have a hypo.”


  • Mental Health Telephone Triage service answering community concerns

    Mental Health Telephone Triage Clinician Zoe Francis answering a call for assistance during Covid-19.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how we live our lives in ways many of us have never experienced before.

    Physical distancing, remote learning, working from home or self-isolation are just some of the lifestyle adjustments adding stress for many community members.

    Peninsula Mental Health Service Clinical Director, Professor Richard Newton, says some people are particularly vulnerable to developing psychiatric illness because of their biology or exposure to challenging life experiences. 

    “Increased stress interacts with this vulnerability – Covid-19 in this instance - and leads to some of us developing a mental illness for the first time or having a recurrence of a mental illness that previously we had managed effectively,” says Richard.

    “We have known for more than a hundred years that community connectedness effects how many of us will die by suicide. 

    “As the pandemic draws out, we’re likely to see ...

  • ‘Don’t become complacent’: Taking a jab to shield winter flu during Covid-19

    Administration Assistant Tanya Holmes gets her flu shot from Peninsula Health Immunisation Coordinator Jody Logan.

    Peninsula Health is urging all members of the community not to overlook their seasonal influenza vaccination ahead of a peak of the winter flu season.

    Immunisation Coordinator Jody Logan says the highly contagious viral infection has quickly become a "sleeping dragon" because of the intense focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    "So underlying the current community transmission of coronavirus is influenza, which we can't forget is major issue not only for health services to deal, but the community in general."

    "The advice from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is for every individual over the age of six months to get the flu vaccine," says Jody.

    Peninsula Health staff like Tanya are encouraged to take the jab to protect themselves and the hospital patient population. 

    "The flu is highly contagious and immunisation ...

  • Mother-daughter bonds grow stronger during unforgettable year

    Caitlyn Paine (far left) and Lucy Cameron (far right) are completing their final placement as part of Chisholm’s Diploma of Nursing, alongside their mothers Michelle Paine (second from left) and Jenny Cameron (second from right).

    The coronavirus pandemic has bought about many changes for healthcare workers, including students starting their careers.

    But for two Chisholm Institute students completing their final placements at Peninsula Health, the Covid-19 environment presented a unique opportunity to experience a major health service’s response, with the counsel and support of their mothers.

    Nurses Michelle Paine and Jenny Cameron are proud of the way their daughters Caitlyn Paine and Lucy Cameron are forging ahead with their placements.

    The 24 and 19 year olds are on the verge of graduating with a Diploma of Nursing, qualifying each as an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse (EEN). 

    “As a new mother herself now, Caity had her concerns at the start of Covid ...