Dr Odette Best, Senior Lecturer, Oodgeroo Unit, Queensland University of Technology

There is a dearth of literature looking at the experiences of Aboriginal women who have undertaken formalised and recognised nursing qualifications at hospitals throughout Queensland; there is even less on the native nurses schemes administered on reserves and missions during the 20th century. Drawing on primary archival material and newpaper accounts of the time, this seminar explores a rich and new area of nursing history that is yet to be fully researched and documented.

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