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  • MePACS secures tender to deliver Personal AlertSA (formerly known as Personal Alert Systems Rebate Scheme)

    Access to personal alarms for seniors is becoming an increasing public health priority, especially with more seniors wanting to remain living independently in their own home whilst being safe and secure.

    As of 1st February 2021, MePACS is one of two approved providers of Personal AlertSA (PASA) for eligible South Australian seniors, who can now receive government funding for our personal alarms and 24/7 monitoring service.

    What is Personal AlertSA (PASA)?

    Personal AlertSA is a state-wide funding initiative of the South Australian Government which aims to make monitored personal alarms more accessible to those who need them.

    Seniors can apply to Personal AlertSA and if eligible are issued with an approval. They can then order their MePACS personal alarm. The South Australian Government subsidises the cost of equipment and annual monitoring of a personal alarm to make it more affordable for seniors to take up this lifesaving service.

    What ...

  • Victoria’s lockdown 3.0 shows how far a tech approach to community care has come

    Peninsula Health Physiotherapist Carla Richardson leads a telehealth appointment with a participant.

    When the whole of the State was placed in a circuit-breaker lockdown last month, Peninsula Health Physiotherapist Carla Richardson knew staff were up to the challenge.

    “Our reception staff began receiving calls within an hour of the government’s press conference, asking what the plan was for their appointments the following week,” says Carla.

    “In reality, we knew what needed to be done because we had done it before with two previous lockdowns. The best option was to utilise telehealth for the lockdown period wherever possible.”

    Around 100 physiotherapy and hand therapy appointments were moved online over a single weekend.

    “All the planned appointments for the lockdown period were reviewed to ensure that a telehealth appointment was appropriate and wouldn’t impact negatively on the patient’s recovery,” says Carla.

    “It was then a straight ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Nik Connor

    Peninsula Health Ward Clerk Nik Connor.

    Smiling behind the mask, Screening Clinic Ward Clerk Nik Connor is the welcoming face you will meet before getting a Covid-19 swab test.

    He’s the first point of contact for our community when arriving at our Frankston Hospital drive and walk through testing location, making sure patient registration details are up to date.

    “One of the reasons I love my job so much is the support from the local community, which has been amazing. Every patient I've interacted with at our Screening Clinics, has thanked me and the staff for the work we are doing - this support means so much!”

    Thank you Nik for caring for our community.

  • 2020 Annual General Meeting

    Thank you to all of the staff, volunteers and community members who joined us at the 2020 Peninsula Health Annual General Meeting and Community Forum on 19 February. 

    If you missed the event, you watch a recording below. 

    For more information please email corporate.relations@phcn.vic.gov.au. 


  • Recognition for a Peninsula Health psychiatrist with a passion for mental health

    Peninsula Health Clinical Director of Mental Health Richard Newton. Photo taken prior to Covid-19 restrictions. 

    Improving services to people in the community with significant mental health problems is what drives Richard Newton every day.

    Our Clinical Director of Mental Health has now been recognised for his exceptional service to psychiatry, awarded with the 2021 College Citation from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

     “It is a great honour to be awarded the RANZCP 2021 college citation.  However I am always aware that work in Mental Health is a team effort and all my colleagues deserve recognition," says Prof Newton. 

    "Indeed the people who most deserve awards are our consumers and carers, who have to cope every day with extraordinary challenges.” 

    College Citations have been award by the RANZCP since 1986, with this year’s presentations of the awards and grants to be held in Hobart this May.


  • Proud community partner embarks on a fresh start

    Rosebud Hospital's Jodi Foley joing Lions club treasurer Ruth Aeschlimann for the unveiling of the revitalised store, in a photo taken when rules allowed for masks not to be worn indoors.

    One of our biggest supporters is entering a bright new chapter.

    Boneo Lions Club Op Shop in Rosebud today looks almost brand new, with a recent renovation creating a welcoming space for customers to browse and buy pre-owned goods.

    As a health service that understands the importance of positive relationships with community organisations, Rosebud Hospital’s usual Operations Director Jodi Foley – who’s now leading our Covid-19 Screening Clinics response – dropped in for the COVID safe grand opening.  The shop is open six days a week on Ninth Avenue, just off Point Nepean Road in Rosebud.

    “We’re really proud of the way we engage with our local Rosebud community, and are grateful for the difference volunteer organisations like Boneo ...

  • Leading asthma program transforming lives

    Associate Professor David Langton leads the Peninsula Health monoclonal antibody treatment program for severe asthmatics.

    Peninsula Health is transforming the lives of severe asthmatics across the Mornington Peninsula thanks to a leading program based at Frankston Hospital.

    The program provides asthma patients with targeted injection-based treatments that are vastly improving their overall health and wellbeing.

    It is led by Peninsula Health’s Director of Thoracic Medicine, Associate Professor David Langton.

    “We have been involved with asthma research for over 10 years and are pleased to be at the forefront of new treatments for our patients” says A/Prof Langton.

    “The results of the treatments to date are amazing. About 95% of patients are improved, often greatly so, with marked reductions in asthma symptoms, reductions in exacerbations, reductions in the need for reliever medication, and improvements in lung function.”

    “It is common for patients to say that their lives have been transformed as a ...

  • Peninsula Health chief executive joins community in giving thanks

    Peninsula Health chief executive Felicity Topp accepts donation at the Bait-ul-Salam Mosque's annual Australia Day celebration. 

    Today we would like to acknowledge and thank the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Victoria for their generous donation of $5000 to Peninsula Health.

    Chief Executive Felicity Topp attended the Bait-ul-Salam (House of Peace) Mosque Australia Day celebration in Langwarrin last weekend, where she was presented with a cheque by Imam Wadood Junud (left) and Dr Tariq Butt (right). 

    Community groups, religious leaders, local MPs, Councillors and Ahmadiyya Muslim Association members came together for the special event, which also recognised the contributions of everyone present, to care for one another, and our community, during the pandemic.

    The funds raised by the Association will go towards purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment for Frankston Hospital.

    Thank you very much to Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Victoria and its members for your support and helping us to provide the best of care for our ...

  • Oncology Clinical Trial Unit goes from strength to strength

    Unit Manager Linda Raineri has steered the Oncology Clinical Trial Unit for the past two years. 

    Eligible cancer patients are being informed about the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial, to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge for themselves and others with the same disease or condition.

    "Clinical trials are research studies performed in people for the purpose ofevaluating a medical, surgical, or behavioural intervention," says Linda Raineri, Peninsula Health Oncology Clinical Trial Unit Manager.

    "They are the primary way that researchers find out if a new treatment, like a new drug is safe and effective in people."

    Since first joining Peninsula Health two years ago, Linda, her team of trial coordinators together with the medical oncologists at Frankston Hospital, have witnessed the rapid growth of the Oncology clinical trial portfolio from just a handful of opened studies to nearly 20 clinical trials.

    "We're really ...

  • A tremendous milestone for our emerging nurses and midwives

    Graduate nurses in February 2020, prior to COVID-19 restrictions.

    Peninsula Health was thrilled to celebrate the achievements of our 2020 graduate nurses, midwives and post graduate students today.

    Held over two virtual awards ceremonies, 110 staff members were acknowledged for their tremendous efforts over the past year and throughout the pandemic.

    Recognition was given to those who have completed their Graduate Nurse Program (including General and Mental Health streams), Graduate Midwife Program, post graduate studies and Transition to Specialty Practice studies.

    “I cannot express enough how pleased you should all be that you got through your training over the past 12 months,” said Peninsula Health Chief Executive, Felicity Topp, at one of the ceremonies.

    “Thank you very much for your commitment. This is your celebration.”

    "I hope you are all incredibly proud to tell people that you're a nurse and/or midwife, and importantly that you work at Peninsula Health."

    Award winners

    Congratulations to ...