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  • Always in need of a helping hand

    Maureen Murray thought it was time to give back to her community and hopes that others will join her lead.

    In the 31 years she has lived in Rosebud, Maureen has had three operations and an abundance of support from the Rosebud Hospital.

    As the President of the Rosebud Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary and member of the Rosebud Hospital Opportunity Shop Auxiliary, Maureen began volunteering with Peninsula Health eight years ago.

    The kiosk keeps her busy, each week she must buy the weekly stock and help staff the kiosk. “There is always the need for an extra hand in the kitchen, we are always looking for more helpers,” said Maureen.

    It was a proud day for the Auxiliary when their $50,000 donation led to the purchase of a mini bus for the hospital. The bus is used to transport patients between Peninsula Health sites.

    Maureen’s work with the Picture Cinema in Rosebud led to her involvement ...

  • New organisation provides increased services

    People on the Peninsula will have greater access to community health services following the amalgamation of Peninsula Health and Peninsula Community Health Service.

    The new organisation, which will be known as Peninsula Health, will offer enhanced services and care for its clients. The organisation will help to grow community health services on the Peninsula with a sharper focus on preventative health and early disease management.

    Three more community health sites at Hastings, Rosebud and Mornington will join Peninsula Health.

    The Board of Directors appointed Dr Sherene Devanesen as the Chief Executive of the new organisation.

    Peninsula Health’s hospitals, mental health, rehabilitation and aged care services now have an expanded community health service that covers the whole of the Peninsula.

    “Clients of the existing services will benefit from the expertise that will be brought together under the new organisation and the integrated approach to community health service delivery which will be provided from sites across ...

  • New Board Appointed

    Approval for the merger of Peninsula Health and Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS) was announced in today’s Victorian Government Gazette.

    Health Minister Daniel Andrews has appointed a new Board of Directors for the combined organisation which will be known as Peninsula Health.

    Seven members of the current Peninsula Health Board of Directors will continue to serve on the new Board of the combined organisation, while two have retired.

    Mr Barry Nicholls will continue as Chairperson of the new Board of Directors and two new members have been appointed to the Board of the combined organisation.

    “The new Board will meet for the first time on July 1,” Mr Nicholls said.

    ”In addition to strong representation from the Peninsula community, Board members have been appointed for their expertise in clinical governance, delivery of high quality services, organisational development and health care financing. Their expertise will represent the needs and interests of the local community.

    “The Peninsula Health ...

  • Ambassador speaks at Ageing Well Expo

    The Mornington Peninsula is getting an ambassadorial visit.

    Logie award-winning actress Noeline Brown has been named Australia’s first Ambassador for Ageing by the Federal Government and she’s coming to Mornington.

    The talented actress was a popular entertainer during the 60’ and 70’s on Australian television. She featured in the series, My Name's McGooley, What's Yours?, the Naked Vicar Show and Graham Kennedy's Blankety Blanks. She also starred in the 2006 series of Dancing with the Stars.

    In her role as ambassador, Noeline will promote positive and active ageing as well as being a spokesperson for older Australians. She will be the special guest speaker at Peninsula Health’s popular Ageing Well Expo.

    Now in its third year, the Ageing Well Expo will give older people the chance to explore many different ways in which they can age well and lead a healthy and active life.

    This year the free expo will be held ...

  • 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, ...