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  • Charity exhibition helps Rosebud Hospital

    Whether you’re into abstracts or landscapes, Peninsula residents will get the chance to purchase an original work of art at an affordable price at this year’s Artists’ Charity Exhibition.

    The charity event, presented by the Mornington Peninsula Galleries Association, Mornington Peninsula Tourism and Peninsula Health, will help to raise funds for Rosebud Hospital.

    Over 150 local artists donated a painting for the inaugural event last year which raised more than $12,000 for Rosebud Hospital. Paintings were sold for a set price of $250 at a cocktail party showcasing some of the best food and wine in the region.

    More than 500 people are expected to attend this year’s event which will be opened by the ABC broadcaster and Age journalist Tracee Hutchison.

    President for the Mornington Peninsula Galleries Association Dennis Veal says the exhibition is an opportunity to promote the Peninsula’s talented local artists with many well-known and emerging artists are taking part.

    “This is ...

  • DIAL 000 “JEFF” IN AN EMERGENCY

    DR JEFF WESSERTHEIL Associate Professor Director Emergency Medicine 24-7-1953 – 22.9.2008

    Thanks to Dr Jeff Wessertheil’s knowledge on cardiac arrest outcomes, the safest place to have a heart attack may well be during a packed game day at the MCG. His internationally recognised research earned him the esteemed John Gilroy Potts Research Award in 2000 and paved the way for public access defibrillation, and he personally saved countless lives. Jeff died of cancer at Royal Melbourne Hospital. He was 55.

    Of Arnold and Stella’s (dec) four children, Jeff was the only one to survive past infancy. At the age of five, his mother had a severe stroke and as a result Jeff was raised largely by his Aunty Vicki and Grandmother Miriam, until his mother recovered. At 8 years of age he was hit by a car, resulting in severe injuries.

    His early experiences with illness and trauma, shaped his childhood dream to ...

  • Lives changed overnight

    In February 2005 Mel and Carol Hughes were looking forward to their well earned holiday in Bali.

    Little did they know that just hours before they were due to fly out, both their lives were about to change forever.

    At 4am that morning a loud crash startled Mel from his sleep. It was Carol attempting to get out of bed but finding her body just wasn’t cooperating. She was delirious and unable to move or speak properly. Mel immediately called an ambulance.

    At 47 years of age, fit, healthy, non smoking Carol had suffered a severe stroke during the night.

    Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer with one occurring every 10 minutes.

    “It was such a shock and the news took a while to sink in, at first we were all just walking around in a daze,” said Mel looking back.

    “At hospital we were basically told Carol would either die or spend the rest of ...

  • HELP COMBAT GASTRO WITH GOOD HYGIENE

    Peninsula Health is reminding residents to practice good hand hygiene to help combat the spread of gastroenteritis in the community.

    Frankston Hospital Director of Medicine Dr Ian Carney said nine patients with gastroenteritis are currently being treated at Frankston Hospital, and as the disease is highly contagious strict infection control management is being undertaken.

    “Illnesses such as gastroenteritis are caused by the highly contagious Norovirus. The virus can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, muscle aches and pains and fever. The illness can last for 24 to 48 hours, but those who fall ill are regarded as contagious for 48 hours after symptoms stop,” Dr Carney said.

    Personal hygiene is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of germs that cause viral gastroenteritis.

    “Good hygiene should start at home, with hand washing throughout the day, especially at key times such as before eating, after going to the toilet, after handling pets and ...

  • Marjorie leads the charge for a healthy lifestyle

    Marjorie Broomhall doesn’t believe in getting older. And the self-confessed fitness fanatic is leading the charge when it comes to keeping active.

    Marjorie is the walk leader for Peninsula Health’s popular Karingal Centro and Rosebud Plaza walks and takes Agestrong exercises classes at the Dromana RSL.

    The 65-year-old Rosebud resident, who says she has enjoyed being active for as long as she can remember, says seeing the positive changes in people who attend her exercises classes is the inspiration behind her work.

    “I love being able to share my knowledge and help other people reach their health goals. It’s a great feeling knowing you have helped someone change their life,” said Marjorie.

    “I like to keep my classes fun and encourage everyone to have a go, regardless of their fitness.”

    “As people get older, they sometimes lose their confidence to try new things. This can impact them socially, physically and mentally. ...

  • Click Cyber Bullies Away

    Computers, online chat rooms, social networking websites, mobile phones….teenagers today are more technology savvy than any previous generation.

    But the advance in technology has also created an advance in a new style of bully – one which can invade the privacy of your own home and has the ability to broadcast anonymously to an audience of millions.

    The issue of cyber bullying and online safety will be discussed at two forthcoming forums hosted by Peninsula Health’s Frankston School Focused Youth Service.

    “This is a prominent issue at the moment with increasing reports in the media of inappropriate internet use by teenagers, or people targeting teenagers,” said Sonja Bottern, Frankston School Focused Youth Services Co-ordinator.

    Special guest speaker will be Senior Constable Susan McLean, who was the 1994 Cyber Safety Project Officer with Victoria Police and has over 15 years experience of working with youth and the issue of cyber bullying.

    “Many parents probably don’t even ...

  • CEO chairs Victorian Quality Council

    Peninsula Health Chief Executive, Dr Sherene Devanesen has been appointed as Chair of the Victorian Quality Council.

    The appointment, which was confirmed at a recent meeting of State Cabinet, is for the next four years.

    The Victorian Quality Council (VQC) is responsible for fostering better health services in Victoria. It does this by working with providers to develop tools and strategies which will improve health service safety and quality.

    It was established in 2001 as an expert strategic advisory group to lead the safety and quality agenda for Victorian health care services.

    Dr Devanesen has been a member of the Council since 2004.

    Peninsula Health Board member Liza Newby is also a member of the Council.

    Dr Devanesen said she is looking forward working with Council members and to chairing the VQC as it moves forward over the next four years.

    “The VQC has had many significant achievements during its first two terms. It will be a ...

  • From strength to strength

    Six months ago Lynne Raynor was in a wheelchair, unable to put any weight on her foot after a rare form of cancer attacked her ankle.

    Today she is rowing, stepping and weight training her way back to full fitness, thanks in part to the Frankston Community Health Service, Stay Healthy gym program which operates out of the Chisholm Institute Fitness Centre in Frankston.

    “I’ve been in the program seven weeks, and I’ve improved quite a lot,” said Lynne. “My aim now is to join the gym again.”

    Frankston resident Lynne was referred to the program by her physiotherapist, and says the addition of gym work to a normal physiotherapy program has really helped her fitness and ability to bear weight on her ankle.

    “I’ve gone from a wheelchair all the way to not always needing a stick,” said Lynne.

    Frankston Community Health Service Physiotherapist Paul Tuvey says the gym program helps people with chronic ...

  • Celebrating 20 years of service

    There is no stopping the busy ‘working bees’ of the Rosebud Hospital Pink Lady Group. This week they celebrated 20 years of service to Rosebud Hospital.

    Once nicknamed the ‘flower pot’ ladies because of their bright floral uniforms, the ladies still brighten up the room with their laughs and smiles.

    From 22 volunteers in 1988, the Pink Ladies have now grown into a team of 53 dedicated members.

    Arranging flowers, creating baby bundles and making sure that a patient’s stay in hospital is comfortable are part of their everyday role within the hospital.

    “The Pink Ladies constantly bring pleasure, comfort and kindness to people passing through Rosebud Hospital,” said Sharon White, Operations Director, Rosebud Hospital.

    As the President of the Rosebud Pink Lady Group, Clair Duffus began volunteering with Peninsula Health 15 years ago.

    “I always knew I was going to retire in Rosebud. I wanted to give back to the community I would be growing ...

  • Health team seeking community input

    Health care organisations across the Peninsula are teaming up to combat three chronic illnesses that are on the rise.

    The start of the plan is to talk to people in focus groups to gain a better understanding of their special needs.

    The Care in Your Community team needs volunteers with Type 1 diabetes, anxiety or depression, and chronic breathing problems to form the focus groups.

    “Each of the three separate focus groups will be able to provide information we need to develop better health care services in the future,” Peninsula Health Executive Director Community and Continuing Care Jan Child said.

    These three conditions are widespread across the Peninsula. They are among the leading causes of hospitalisation,” Ms Child said.

    “The number of people with diabetes has skyrocketed in recent years, and there have been significant rises in the number of people with the other conditions.

    “Health professionals including GPs, the Royal District Nursing Service, the two ...