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Dad thanks Frankston Emergency Department for taking care of his daughters

Rex with his daughters Linda and Janine. Late last year Rex Buckeridge rushed to Frankston Emergency Department (ED) to meet his daughter, who had gone straight to the ED when she found herself struggling to breathe.  A few weeks later Rex was back at his local hospital again, this time after his other daughter suffered […]

Meet the nurse on the frontline of Peninsula Health’s cardiology research

After starting her career as a nurse, Julie Plunkett has spent much of her life co-ordinating research projects, most recently in the cardiology department at Peninsula Health. “I have an enquiring mind – I’m always asking why which is how I became involved in research,” explains Julie. “I find it very rewarding. I see things […]

A life-saving stent stops history repeating

Bruce feels much better after having a stent put in to unblock his arteries. “My eyesight started to fade and it was like when you’re flying in an aeroplane through a cloud – initially you just see some white but then it quickly turns completely white and you can’t see at all, then it went […]

Finding time for heart attacks using Google technology

Associate Professor Richard Beare, cardiologist Dr Justin Cole and Professor Jamie Layland. With heart attacks, not only do patients need to get to hospital quickly, staff on call also need to get to hospital as speedily as possible. Professor Jamie Layland heads the Cardiovascular Research Unit at Peninsula Health. Much of Professor Layland’s research is […]

New book showcases art and creative writing from Acute Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Frankston Hospital

Julie with one of her artworks included in the book and peer worker Jesse Cross. Julie Kennedy loves to paint. “I find it very therapeutic and relaxing,” explains Julie. “It brings out a lot of emotions. I find on my darker days I use darker colours and on my happier days I tend to gravitate […]

Local surfer one of 44 new junior doctors joining Peninsula Health

Dr Sam Johnson grew up surfing on the Mornington Peninsula. The 25-year-old is excited to be back in the area to complete his graduate year in medical training, after spending the last few years studying at Melbourne University. “I used to surf heaps before medicine, then it went on the back burner, but hopefully now […]

Make 2018 the year you quit smoking

It is possible to quit smoking and change a 50 year habit – just ask Peninsula Health staff member Katherine Walsh. “I smoked for 52 years – a long, long time. I started when I was 11,” explains Katherine Walsh, a Team Leader/ AOD Clinician in our Community Health Team. When Katherine decided to quit […]

Peninsula Health donates old hospital equipment to medical facilities in third world countries

Peninsula Health’s Wayne Kitchin and Tony Spring from Frankston North Rotary Club get the equipment ready to hand over to Donations In Kind. For the past five years, Peninsula Health has been donating medical equipment that can no longer be used in Australia to Rotary Donations In Kind, to send to medical facilities in third […]

The changing face of nursing handover in mental health

Associate Professor Virginia Plummer, Consumer Consultant Michelle Shanti and Acute Mental Health Inpatient Nurse Unit Manager Liam Shaw. Traditionally nursing handover on Acute Mental Health Inpatient Units is done away from the patient, without their direct involvement in the handover process. Researchers at Peninsula Health are examining the way consumers with mental illness are involved […]

Aly and Cat welcome baby Ashley at Frankston Hospital

Aly and Cat with baby Ashley. When Hastings couple Aly Madden and Cat Drago were deciding where to have their baby, Frankston Hospital was at the top of their list – it was local, offered midwifery care and had Rainbow Tick Accreditation. “I’d seen on social media that Peninsula Health had gotten the Rainbow Tick […]