'Some of us pushed forward and let the world see what could be done': Aboriginal Australian nurses and midwives, 1900-2005

Best, Odette and Gorman, Don (2016) 'Some of us pushed forward and let the world see what could be done': Aboriginal Australian nurses and midwives, 1900-2005. Labour History: a Journal of Labour and Social History (111). pp. 149-164. ISSN 0023-6942


This paper locates the voices of Aboriginal nurses and midwives which only emerged in publications from the 1950s onwards. It seeks to privilege the voices of Aboriginal nurses and midwives, and recognise their contributions to the nursing aqnd midwifery professions. It identifies two key developments in Australian history that influenced the acceptance of Aboriginal women into a career in nursing and midwifery: the gradual decline of policies of protection, segregation and assimilation, and the shift of nursing education from hosiptals into the tertiary sector.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Winner of the 2016 Indigenous Publication Excellence Award. © 2016 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 03:57
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2017 23:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: nurses, nursing education, obstetrical nursing, nursing history, midwives, midwifery, Aborignal nurses, Aboriginal midwives, racism, recruitment and retention, nursing students
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5263/labourhistory.111.0149
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30162

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