Peninsula Health is the major metropolitan health service for Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula area. We care for a population of 300,000 people, which swells to over 400,000 during the peak tourism seasons between December and March. Our health service consists of four major sites: Frankston Hospital, Rosebud Hospital, Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre, and The Mornington Centre; three community mental health facilities; and four community health centres in Frankston, Mornington, Rosebud and Hastings.
We care for our community across the life continuum from maternity and obstetric services, paediatrics, emergency medicine, critical care, surgical and general medicine, rehabilitation, and oncology, through to aged care and palliative care. We also provide extensive services in acute and community mental health as well as a number community health services, health promotion and education, and ambulatory care. We are a major teaching and research hospital, training the next generation of allied health professionals, doctors, nurses, and support staff. We have strong partnerships with universities, local government and community based service providers to ensure we meet the needs of our community.
Our catchment has some unique demographic features and challenges, including:
- an ageing population;
- mix of wealth and extreme disadvantage;
- higher than average rates of vulnerable children, homelessness and family violence; and
- higher than average rates of chronic diseases and mental health issues
Peninsula Health has conducted clinical trials for over 20 years and it currently has active trials in the following specialities:
- Intensive Care
- Respiratory Medicine
These units have dedicated and experienced permanent clinical trial coordinators. We have the capacity to undertake trials from Phase 1b through to Phase IV. Our pharmacy, radiology and pathology departments are experienced in supporting clinical trials.
The Office for Research is able to facilitate support to researchers, commercial sponsors and collaborative groups interested in partnering with staff at Peninsula Health to undertake clinical trials or establish other research collaborations.
Peninsula Health is committed to assisting commercial sponsors, CROs and collaborators to achieve successful outcomes for all research in respect to facilitating contact with appropriate staff and achieving start-up timelines and participant enrolment.
Peninsula Health is an accepting site for Streamlined Ethical Review, including National Mutual Acceptance. Peninsula Health is a member of Monash Partners, and uses the research application forms, governance documentation and agreements adopted by the Partners.
The team in the Office for Research continue to improve processes to ensure that all ethics and governance submissions are approved quickly and efficiently. Any currently valid governance submissions for clinical trials are approved in five working days.
Peninsula Health was invited by the NHMRC alongside 15 other healthcare organisations to participate in developing quicker and more efficient research governance authorisation.
To find out more about the streamlined ethics and governance review for multi-site studies, please contact the Manager, Office for Research.