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Nurse celebrates 45 years of service with Peninsula Health Final whistle blows on Team 11 ALTHOUGH coronary care nurse Aida Singer turns 75 in January, she has no plans to retire. Ms Singer has just clocked up 45 years’ service with Peninsula Health and last week received a Service Milestone Award. “I love nursing and I love all the people,” says Ms Singer, an associate nurse unit manager at Frankston Hospital. Ms Singer moved to Australia from the Philippines in the 1960s after studying her Bachelor of Nursing and Science. “My father was a doctor and my sister, cousin and brother all work in health,” she said. “I was exposed to nursing growing up as my father was a practitioner at home in the country side and people would come in with blood wounds. I wasn’t frightened of blood – we used to see a lot of it during emergencies.” After working at The Alfred Hospital and having two children, Ms Singer started working for Peninsula Health at The Mt Eliza Centre, caring for geriatric patients. “During that time you could take the patients out for a drive with you on the weekend,” she said. Deciding it was time for a change, Ms Singer moved to Frankston Hospital and began her career in cardiac nursing. She studied midwifery in 1982 and worked briefly in that area before returning to her true passion and where she has spent the rest of her career: cardiology nursing. “It was a coronary care unit, but it was on the balcony and had only two beds. I have seen a lot of changes since then.” The cardiology ward now has 24 beds and an eight bed rapid assessment cardiac unit. Ms Singer is also known around Peninsula Health for her colourful Christmas decorations. “Over all these years I have loved decorating and I always decorate the hospital,” she said. Ms Singer wants to eventually retire to Tasmania with her husband but, in the meantime, she plans to continue caring for patients and teaching the next generation of cardiology nurses at Frankston Hospital.

Thanked for her service: Frankston Hospital nurse Aida Singer has surpassed 45 years in the job. Picture: Supplied

THE bid for an A-League football team based in south-east Victoria has been turned down by Football Federation Australia. The Team 11 bid was aiming to gain admission into the A-League for the 2019/2020 season, and was widely considered to be a frontrunner before the FFA announcement on 13 December. The proposal for the side centred around the construction of a rectangular stadium in Dandenong, which would have required over $100 million in government funding to be completed. Ultimately, the state government did not make a public commitment to building the venue. The bid was backed by Frankston Council and a spate of local teams, including the Mt Eliza, Mornington, Mount Martha, Western Port, Langwarrin, Seaford, Skye, Aspendale, and Chelsea soccer clubs. The FFA announced on Thursday that a bid based out of Western Melbourne, set to play games in Tarneit, would enter the league next season. They would be followed by a side from the south-west of Sydney the season after. Team 11 interim chairman Ghadir Razuki signalled that another attempt to fight for an A-League side in the region would be made in the near future. “This bid is about football and is about community. [The] outcome, while disappointing, does not shake our belief that a football team in the south-east of Victoria will be an immense success. We live it every day, we breathe it, we see it, we know it,” he said. Team 11 was one of nearly 20 bids entered into the A-League expansion process. Another bid titled “Belgravia Leisure” led by Geoff Lord was entered, but was eliminated in the very early stages. Brodie Cowburn

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