The Act of Nursing Book Launch

On 29 November 2011 The Act of Nursing: a history of nursing regulation in Victoria was launched by the Hon. David Davis MLC, Minister for Health. With spectacular views over the city from the Sir Redmond Barry Room on the 55th floor in Collins Street, it was a beautiful setting for the culmination of an 18-month project for Way Back When.

Among the 90 or so people at the launch were the CEO and President of the Nurses Board, members of the steering committee, individuals who shared their stories via oral history interviews, the book’s designer, Lynda Patullo of Green Poles Design, and my colleagues Kirstie Close-Barry and Sarah Rood, who both worked on the project.

During my speech I commended the Nurses Board of Victoria for having the foresight to record their history and in doing so leave a valuable record for future generations. I was delighted to have been able to tell the story of such a strong and significant profession and it was an honour to document the proud tradition of nursing and midwifery regulation in Victoria.

Katherine Sheedy