I am a Midwife and Registered Nurse having completed all of my initial education in the United Kingdom in the 1970’s. I have been actively involved with the Australian College of Midwives since immigrating to Australia in 1992 and am a Life Member of the WA Branch. I am currently employed as the Coordinator and Head of the Department of Midwifery & Nursing Education and Research at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women (KEMH) in Perth Western Australia.
I am interested in ensuring that the history of midwifery and the Australian College of midwives is gathered and available to share with colleagues for many years to come. I contributed to the preparation of the book ‘King Eddies’ that celebrated the 100 year history of King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women since it opened in 1916.
I was also privileged to be contacted by the relatives of Midwife May Flanagan, following her death in 2012, who spent many years researching midwifery in WA, although never finished the book that she hoped to write. All of her work was donated to the ACM WA Branch at the time and subsequently stored in the WA Medical Museum located at KEMH to make sure that this important work was not lost.
I look forward to participating in the ACM Australian Midwifery History Project steering committee on behalf of the WA Branch.