Biographical entry Bardsley, Doris (1895 - 1968)
- 9 April 1895
Gorton, Lancashire, England
- 21 January 1968
Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
- Midwife, Nurse and Public servant
Doris Bardsley was a nurse and midwife who worked for nearly 40 years in the Queensland public service. She spent 12 years as the sister-in-charge of all Queensland Government Baby Clinics (1925-1937) during which time she greatly expanded the number of operating clinics which in turn promoted the growth of child-welfare and mothercraft education services in the state. She was a strong advocate of ongoing education, both for mothers and for nurses and in the position of Superintendent of infant-welfare nurses (QLD Maternal and Child Welfare Service) she instigated numerous educational programs available through correspondence and secondary school as well as being a foundation member of the College of Nursing, Australia (1948). She went on to become vice-president, president and eventually a Fellow of the College. From 1953 until her retirement in 1961, Bardsley served as adviser-in-nursing to Queensland's Department of Health and Home Affairs.
- Education - Training to register as general nurse, Diamantina Hospital for Chronic Diseases
- c. 1921
- Education - Midwifery certificate at (Royal) Women's Hospital, Melbourne
- 1922 - 1923
- Career position - Matron, St Denis's Hospital, Toowoomba, Queensland
- 1923 - 1924
- Career position - Head of the Maternal and Child Welfare Training Centre, Fortitude Valley
- 1925 - c. 1937
- Career position - Sister-in-charge of Queensland Government Baby Clinics
- 1926 - 1957
- Career position - Councillor of the Queensland branch of the Australasian Trained Nurses'
- 1937 - 1939
- Career position - Acting-superintendent of infant-welfare nurses, Queensland Maternal and Child Welfare service
- 1939 - ?
- Career position - Superintendent of infant-welfare nurses, Queensland Maternal and Child Welfare service
- 1949 - 1953
- Career position - State President of the Queensland branch of the Australasian Trained Nurses'
- 1951 - 1956
- Career position - National President of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation
- 1953 - 1961
- Career position - Adviser-in-nursing to Queensland's Department of Health and Home Affairs
- Award - Elected a Fellow of the College of Nurses, Australia
- Gregory, Helen, 'Bardsley, Doris (1895-1968), Nurse', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 110-111. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A130133b.htm. Details
Created: 29 November 2012, Last modified: 18 March 2013