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  • Green thumbs at Frankson Men’s Shed

    They’re ‘jacks of all trades’ at the Frankston Men’s Shed but it’s their latest project that has them blooming.

    John Baarsma, Coordinator for the Frankston Men’s Shed, said that in the last 18 months the shed’s gardening group has really taken off.

    “We have developed the garden as a community garden. Among the community links are the Frankston City Council and Men’s Community Kitchen which uses the vegetables grown in the garden,” he said.

    For the past five months shed volunteers Graham Wilson and Garry Farmer have been working with shed participants on propagating Australian native plants for Frankston City Council’s George Pentland Botanical Gardens.

    “Propagating is the process of growing new plants from old,” said Graham. “We have been able to produce a number of plants for the gardens all from a few cuttings.”

    Collecting the first batch of plants from the shed last week, Damon Beeby from the Frankston City Council said propagation ...

  • New building on track for Hastings

    The new home for Hastings Community Health Services is set to open in September.

    The $15.8 million building is located on High Street next to Western Port Secondary College and will be operated by the Peninsula Health, in collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire and a range of community organisations including the Hastings Community Information and Support Centre.

    The new facility will provide enhanced community health and social support services for people living in the Hastings area. Services provided will include dental, physiotherapy, speech pathology, dietetics, diabetes education, podiatry and children’s, women’s, and family and services.

    Key features of the building are the large purpose-built activity rooms that will be used by local community groups and for specialised group activity programs.

    Peninsula Health staff will relocate from their current home located on the corner of Cool Store Road and Victoria Street in Hastings, when the new facility opens.

    Touring the building site this week Peninsula Community ...

  • Be a Good Neighbour – Say G’day

    Frankston North resident, Mark and Rosebud West resident, Juanita both agree – it’s been a great experience becoming friends with their next-door neighbours.

    Juanita Aitken has been grateful to her neighbours of 31 years, John and Betty Frazer. “We help each other a lot, it’s great to have that support next door”, Juanita said.

    Meanwhile, Mark has known his neighbour Sandra for four years and they are still enjoying their friendly chats.

    This year, all local residents are being encouraged to walk next door or across the street, and say G’DAY to their neighbours on Sunday 29 March – Neighbour Day.

    Neighbour Day – now celebrated around Australia - encourages community members to make an effort to meet their neighbours, especially older people and those who live alone.

    As Jan Child, Peninsula Health’s Executive Director for Community & Continuing Care explains, “The major aim of the day is to strengthen communities and build better relationships ...

  • Men’s Shed for Western Port

    They started on the Peninsula and now one is on its way to Hastings.

    Men’s Sheds have popped up all over Victoria. The sheds are a place for men to get together and gain new skills in a friendly and practical setting.

    The shed is a joint project between Peninsula Health, the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Hastings Neighbourhood Renewal Project, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Victorian Government.

    The Western Port Men’s Shed will be located next to the Hastings Neighbourhood Renewal Hub on Frankston-Flinders Road in Hastings.

    Virginia Richardson, Peninsula Health Social Inclusion Worker says Men’s Sheds are all about addressing the physical, emotional and social issues that can affect men’s’ health.

    “The Western Port Men’s Shed will be a place where men can get support, learn and teach different skills, meet new people and get involved in the community” Virginia said.

    “It’s all part of linking with the wider community in Western Port, to ...

  • Down with the Old, Up with the New

    New surgical and critical care facilities are another step closer at Frankston Hospital, with Minister for Health Daniel Andrews today turning the first sod to mark the start of the new building works.

    Minister Andrews joined Peninsula Health Board Chair Barry Nicholls, Chief Executive Dr Sherene Devanesen, board members, staff and volunteers to celebrate the important milestone.

    Surveying the site for the expansion, where the Angiography and Old Midwifery buildings stood, Minister Andrews said he was pleased with the progress on the $45 million Stage 2A project.

    Peninsula Health Chief Executive Dr Sherene Devanesen explained,

    “This project involved significant redevelopment as well as the impending new building work. Significant sections of the existing hospital have been refurbished to continue the highest level of care, while the hospital is being rebuilt from the inside out.”

    The new Pharmacy department, the Central Sterilising Supply Department, Angiography and Cardiology equipment, and a temporary new home for Intensive Care ...

  • Angio building takes a fall

    Builders have begun demolishing older sections of Frankston Hospital to make way for the new surgical and critical care facilities as part of the $45 million Stage 2A redevelopment project.

    Frankston Hospital Manager of Engineering Geoff De Campo explained, “Months of work has already been undertaken in clearing out the old buildings in preparation for the demolition. The Angiography building is the first to be demolished and the site will be cleared, before the levelling of the Old Midwifery building later this month.”

    The demolition and cleanup process will keep the builders busy for the coming weeks.

    “This demolition of the old buildings is a major milestone of the vital redevelopment project. It will enable the construction of a new purpose- built medical facility with new surgical theatres, new cardiography and angiography suites as well as the new 13 bed Intensive Care Unit.”

    Frankston Hospital’s Stage 2A redevelopment project is due for completion late ...

  • Surgery Director for Frankston Hospital

    Frankston Hospital has a new Clinical Director of Surgery. Mr Bob Spychal will lead the Surgical Services team from this month.

    Executive Director David Anderson welcomed Mr Spychal to Peninsula Health. “This is an exciting time for Frankston Hospital. We are bringing all our Surgery Units to one area and our current $45 million Stage 2A redevelopment will see surgical and critical care facilities that compare with the best in Victoria.”

    “Bob will lead a team of highly skilled and dedicated surgical staff, train surgeons for the future, and he brings a wealth of expertise to the role.”

    Formerly based at City Hospital in Birmingham, as well as a consultant general surgeon, Bob was a key member of their executive team. His commitment to training specialist surgeons is evidenced through his experience with the Higher Specialist Training Committee in the West Midlands as Chairman and Program Director. Bob was also the Regional Specialty ...

  • Research fellowship to take Agestrong to new level

    2009 is already shaping up to be a busy year for Peninsula Health’s Nikki Hale. The Project Officer has been offered a research fellowship from the Department of General Practice, Monash University.

    The one year fellowship, funded by the Commonwealth Governments’ Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) program offers health professionals the chance to increase their knowledge and skills in primary health care evaluation and research.

    Nikki will work in partnership with Monash University NHMRC Research Fellow, Dr Natalie de Morton, to undertake research of the ‘Community’ and ‘Home-based’ Agestrong programs.

    Agestrong is a specifically designed strength program for older people. The program can particularly be beneficial to those who are recovering from illness, have become inactive or suffer chronic health problems such as diabetes and arthritis. It also helps to increase bone density, muscle mass, strength, confidence and balance.

    The program is currently conducted at 12 sites across the Mornington Peninsula ...

  • Ice Posters to hit Frankston/Peninsula Region

    This Summer, party hotspots, pubs, clubs and sporting venues across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula will be displaying eye-catching posters with an important message on the harms of amphetamines, such as Ice, Speed and Ecstasy.

    Peninsula Health’s Aware of Amphetamines campaign, launched today, features a range of posters in local settings with an important message for likely Iceusers. Peninsula Drug and Alcohol Program (PenDAP) Manager Simon Ruth explained, “Targeting amphetamine users is a challenge as use is so widespread. Users range between 16-50 years of age from hard-core party goers to tradespeople and professionals. Most users, don’t identify themselves as having a problem seeing it as a lifestyle choice practiced on weekends and holidays,”

    “What many users don’t realise is that there are a range of likely harms prior to addiction that need to be considered. Amphetamine use can lead to mental health issues and exhaustion which puts jobs and relationships at ...

  • Frankston Hospital FAST Winner in National Stroke Awards

    Local media coverage, road signage and a community awareness campaign resulted in Frankston Hospital winning the 2008 National Stroke Foundation Award for best Metropolitan Health Team.

    Associate Professor and Head of Frankston Hospital’s Neurology Unit Dr Ernie Butler commended the enthusiasm of staff in getting behind the initiative, many of them in their own time, as well as the community and Frankston City Council for their support. “This national community awareness program highlights the importance of acting quickly when a stroke is suspected.

    Recognising any of the key signs in ourselves or in someone else, and calling 000 immediately, can be the difference between death or severe disability and making a good recovery.”

    The FAST message means:

    Facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?

    Arm weakness - can the person raise both arms?

    Speech difficulty - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

    Time to act fast - ...