Training the ‘natives’ as nurses in Australia: so what went wrong?

Best, Odette (2015) Training the ‘natives’ as nurses in Australia: so what went wrong? In: Colonial caring: a history of colonial and post-colonial nursing. Nursing History and Humanities. Manchester University Press, Manchester, MI, United States, pp. 104-125. ISBN 9780719099700


The story of the Aboriginal women who participated in Australia’s nursing history remains largely untold. In the first six decades of the twentieth century, Aboriginal people were confronted with harsh exclusionary practices that forced them to live in settlements, reserves and missions. While many Aboriginal women worked in domestic roles (in white people’s homes and on rural properties), small numbers were trained at public hospitals and some Aboriginal women received training to be ‘native nurses’ who worked in hospitals on settlements.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Chapter 5. Permanent restricted access to Published Version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2016 23:55
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 02:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: history; medical
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified

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