Saving Indigenous nurses and midwives from historical oblivion

Best, Odette (2014) Saving Indigenous nurses and midwives from historical oblivion. The Hive, 7, pp. 24-25.


Learning about the Indigenous women who had worked between 1950-2005 was a surprise to me. This area of under researched Australian history became a passion which I've continued to explore and, in recent years. have extended. It's a challenging field. with issues familiar to many historians. There may be many documentary records about Indigenous nurses, hidden in publicly accessible archives and collections, but individuals may not easily be identified as Indigenous. Another enormous challenge is to question widely-held assumptions. Historically, Aboriginal people have been positioned within a deficit model and cast as recipients of health care. So it's assumed that Indigenous people did not deliver care in any way. were not part of formal training schemes, or were not in paid employment. More evidence is emerging that counters those assumptions. Aboriginal women have worked as nurses and midwives within Australia as far back as the 1890s and, who knows, perhaps earlier. Their contribution is a hidden but significant element in Indigenous and Australian history

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ID Code: 95431
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Indigenous Australians, Nursing
ISSN: 2202-8765
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Australian College of Nursing
Deposited On: 16 May 2016 23:34
Last Modified: 18 May 2016 05:37

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