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Peninsula Health social workers win prestigious award for co-authorship of research publication

In 2023 Peninsula Health Senior Social Worker Louisa Whitwam, along with researchers from Monash University, authored an article which was published in the journal Australian Social Work. The article Clinician Perspectives of the Evidence Underpinning Suicide Risk Assessment: A mixed Methods Study was based on research conducted at Peninsula Health and has been awarded the prestigious Norm Smith …

Faces of Peninsula Health: Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer Nadine Mallah

Peninsula Health is thrilled to introduce our newest Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer (AHLO) Nadine Mallah. Nadine is a proud Birri Gubba woman from the Bindal Group (Nth QLD) residing on Bunurong / Boon Wurrung land and comes to Peninsula Health with an extensive background in communications, making her an ideal candidate for this position. “Working …

Faces of Peninsula Health: Mental Health graduate Arjun Udayakumar

Arjun Udayakumar joined Peninsula Health in September 2023 as a Registered Nurse Mental Health graduate. After completing his first rotation in the Psychiatric Assessment & Planning Unit (PAPU), Arjun is now on his second rotation at our adult mental health inpatient unit, 2 West, providing short-term, specialist mental health care in a safe, secure and …

How Georgia’s new clinical trial role is helping patients with genetic emphysema

Inherited from your parents, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, also known as AATD emphysema, is a genetic condition that can cause chronic lung and liver disease. Early symptoms including shortness of breath, reduced ability to exercise and wheezing, appear between the ages 25 and 50, and management is key in slowing down the progress of the disease. …

Palliative Care Unit Launches Heartwarming Recipe Book to Enhance Patient Care

Yesterday, in celebration of Palliative Care Week, the exceptional team from the Palliative Care Unit at Golf Links Road hosted an afternoon tea, to express gratitude to all those who have generously supported the unit throughout the past year. Additionally, the team unveiled their latest initiative: the release of a staff fundraiser recipe book. The …

Peninsula Health’s At Home initiative transforms Inflammatory Bowel Disease care 

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) service is making a significant difference for local people by proactively managing IBD cases in the community through collaboration with services under Peninsula Health’s At Home initiative.  IBD is a collective umbrella term for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease that can have a major impact on a person’s life and …

Faces of Peninsula Health: Consumer Advisor and Volunteer Gay Menzel

For the past 15 years, every second Friday, Gay Menzel has generously donated her time to volunteering at Frankston Hospital’s Emergency Department. As an Assistance and Care in Emergency (ACE) volunteer, Gay works alongside patients and their families, providing invaluable support to alleviate stress amidst challenging circumstances. “We aim to keep people happy; we take …

Siri helps health services to debunk clinical trial myths

Victorian regional, rural and outer metro access to clinical trials has increased significantly over the last four years thanks to a pilot program called TrialHub. Peninsula Health is one of six Victorian regional, rural and outer metro hospitals currently participating in the program, which is supporting each health service with what they need to be …

Adriana is giving a voice to clinical trial participants 

In 2018, Adriana was diagnosed with breast cancer, the second most common cancer in women. Now in remission, Adriana is lending her voice to the breast cancer cause as a clinical trial consumer advisor, advocating for current and future trial participants.   Adriana had her own experience with clinical trials while undergoing chemotherapy at Frankston Hospital. …

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