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Biographical entry Bardsley, Doris (1895 - 1968)

Born
9 April 1895
Gorton, Lancashire, England
Died
21 January 1968
Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Midwife, Nurse and Public servant

Summary

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.

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1920
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
1962
Award - Elected a Fellow of the College of Nurses, Australia

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