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  • RSL raises funds for dialysis unit

    They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and this certainly rang true at Rye RSL’s inaugural jumble sale on Saturday 31 May.

    RSL staff, family and friends bundled up their pre-loved goods to donate to the sale. Even the cold morning couldn’t keep away more than 100 eager punters looking for a bargain.

    The jumble sale raised more than $1540 for the Rosebud Hospital Dialysis Unit.

    RSL Operations Assistant and organiser Jodie Choates said “the day went off without a hitch and buyers and sellers alike enjoyed a sausage sizzle while searching for a bargain.”

    Jodie said that many people involved with the RSL had ties with the Rosebud Hospital Dialysis Unit.

    “A lot of us know somebody who has required dialysis and the unit in Rosebud allows them to receive treatment close to home,

    “It is important for patients to be close to their family and friends and not have to travel ...

  • No excuse for exercise

    Sue Stanley and Tony Shaw’s ‘no frills’ approach to exercise saw the crowd at Peninsula Health’s diabetes forum off their seats and shaking their hips.

    The former world aerobic champion and former AFL champ’s tips for a healthy lifestyle was one of the many messages that helped raise awareness about the prevention, detection and management of type 2 diabetes.

    The real risk of the disease hit hard for many people when Sue asked them to measure their waists. Men with waist measurements of more than 100cm and women with 80cm are considered at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

    Nearly 200 people attended last week’s forum at the Frankston Arts Centre. Displays from services including Peninsula Health’s Ageing Well and Diabetes Education Units, Frankston City Council, Go For Your Life, Diabetes Australia – Vic and the Peninsula Community Health Service offered people information about the different services in the ...

  • More Maternity Beds for Frankston Hospital

    There will be more beds for mothers and babies at Frankston Hospital when a $5 million expansion is completed.

    Funding to expand the Hospital’s Maternity Unit was announced in this week’s State Government budget.

    “The expansion will help meet the demand of the growing number of births on the Peninsula and the new enlarged unit will be a great benefit to the community” Peninsula Health Chief Executive Dr Sherene Devanesen said.

    “Currently, there are 21 maternity beds and 8 birthing suites. When the expansion is completed, there will be a total of 28 maternity beds and 9 birthing suites.

    “As part of the expansion plan the four existing clinic consulting rooms will return to the hospital’s fourth floor maternity area.

    “The Special Care Nursery, where the sickest babies are cared for, can currently accommodate 13 cots and this will be expanded to 15. Plans are being prepared that will allow the Nursery to expand to ...

  • Frankston Physiotherapy on the hunt

    Jeremy Thomas from Frankston Hospital’s Physiotherapy Department is on a treasure hunt and he is on the lookout for missing sets of crutches and walkers.

    “The Physiotherapy Department often lends equipment such as crutches, pick-up frames and four-wheel walkers out to patients to help with their rehabilitation,” said Jeremy.

    “The problem is, not many of these items get returned, and consequently need to be replaced.”

    Jeremy is asking members of the community to come on board the hunt and return any equipment they no longer require, or let him know if it is still needed.

    “People who have borrowed equipment often store it away when they have finished and forget they have it. It’s surprising where much of it ends up - car-boots, inside sheds, in the craw-space under homes, even boat sheds.”

    Each month the Frankston Hospital Physiotherapy Department spends close to $600 replacing such equipment.

    “Patients who require our services rely on aids ...

  • Jazz by the Sea hits high note

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    It was a day of jazz, belly dancing and bocce for more than 200 aged care residents from across the Mornington Peninsula last Wednesday.

    The Big Day Out – Jazz by the Sea celebration provided residents from Peninsula Health’s aged care facilities a chance to enjoy the excitement of an outdoor event.

    Held at the Rosebud foreshore, residents and their family and friends enjoyed performances from the HMAS Cerberus naval band and local country and western band, Cowan and Co.

    Monique Cook, Principal Nurse for the Rosebud Residential Aged Care Services said the event was all about the residents taking part in activities that encouraged singing, dancing and socialisation.

    “We are always thinking of new recreational activities and events that will engage the residents. The Big Day Out took several months to plan and was an event that everyone could look forward to and take part in.”

    A special visit from belly ...

  • Elderly Urged to Beat the Flu Bug

    With this year’s flu season just around the corner, forty thousand elderly people on the Peninsula are being urged to get their annual flu shot.

    Peninsula Health’s Executive Director, Medical, Frankston Acute Care and Quality, Dr Peter Bradford, said now is the time for our elderly and others at risk, to get protected against the flu bug.

    “Influenza is not just a bad cold, it’s a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease and an outbreak of influenza can spread very quickly by just coughing or sneezing”, explains Dr Bradford.

    “Symptoms include fever, body aches, sore throat, exhaustion, headache and cough. Once struck down by the flu, a person usually needs several days of bed rest to recover”.

    The flu is very inconvenient and miserable for most people, but for some it is far more serious and can lead to life threatening complications.

    As Dr Bradford explains, “Over 2,500 Australians die each year from influenza-related complications, ...

  • Doctor finishes top of class – wins coveted medal

    Dr Lucinda Smith has finished top of her class and won the coveted Maddison Medallion from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

    Dr Smith is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Frankston Hospital and the Spray Street Community Care Unit. She joined Peninsula Health as an Intern and is the first Fellow of the College to complete all of their training with the Peninsula Health Psychiatric Services.

    “This prestigious award is given to a postgraduate trainee for the most outstanding performance in the College Fellowship training and exams,” Associate Professor Richard Newton, Clinical Director Psychiatric Services, Peninsula Health said.

    “Dr Smith is a very talented Psychiatrist and was selected for the award out of all trainees in Australia and New Zealand who completed their fellowship in 2007.”

    The Maddison Medallion was established by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1968 to recognise and encourage excellence in the study ...

  • New partnership hitting aces

    A donation by the Long Island Tennis Club is putting clients at Peninsula Health’s Community Care Unit (CCU) on the court where they are sure to serve a few aces.

    The partnership gives staff and clients from CCU access to the club’s tennis court facilities.

    Clients Ryan and Jason joined Occupational Therapist Michelle Murphy for a friendly game of tennis with Ryan managing to serve a few aces along the way.

    “CCU is a residential psychosocial rehabilitation program that provides twenty four hour clinical support and treatment to people with mental illnesses and psychosocial disabilities,” said Michelle.

    “We run group programs every day which include leisure based activities such as swimming, basketball and art and skill-based activities such as cooking and cleaning. The activities are an important part of rehabilitation, improving clients’ physical and mental health, social skills and increasing their confidence.”

    “Many of our clients have an interest in tennis so it’s great ...

  • Do it for your joints – join the walk

    Walking is not only good for the heart – it’s good for your joints and muscles too.

    The Rosebud Community Rehabilitation Centre is calling on local residents to join the Southern Peninsula Joint Walk on Monday, 7 April, to help celebrate Arthritis Awareness Week.

    “Arthritis is Australia’s major cause of disability with one in six people having some form of the disease,” said Kate McGrath, Allied Health Assistant, Rosebud Community Rehabilitation Centre, Peninsula Health.

    “The good news - arthritis can be managed and in some cases prevented by taking part in regular physical activity such as walking, strength training and water exercises,” said Kate.

    The Southern Peninsula Joint Walk is a fun, self paced walk along the Rosebud foreshore (up to 2.6km), beginning and finishing at the Rosebud Bowls Club. Following the walk, participants can join staff from the Rosebud Community Rehabilitation Centre at an afternoon tea to discuss the different walks and ...

  • No ‘falling’ around this April Falls’ Day

    Pat Banson doesn't know exactly how it happened but remembers it vividly.

    The 76-year-old McCrae resident was making her bed when her foot got caught in the sheets on the floor, causing her to lose balance and trip over. She remembers an agonising pain shooting up her back.

    Suffering from a fractured sacrum (a bone near the tail end of the spine), Pat spent several days in hospital undergoing rehabilitation. Unable to walk properly and complete simple tasks she was forced to stay with her daughter. Three months on Pat finally feels the pain is subsiding; she is able to resume her normal lifestyle but is fearful of a repeat episode.

    “It happened so quickly and the pain was terrible - making the bed is such an easy little thing. I remember becoming quite depressed because I found it hard to move around and wasn’t allowed to drive," she said.

    “Pat’s ...