The Australian Nursing and Midwifery History Project

What the ANMHP Does

The ANMHP’s objectives are to:

The ANMHP maintains an internet register of resources:

The ANMHP offers a forum for staging exhibitions on health care history in Australia. Its inaugural exhibition was held at the University of Melbourne's Medical History Museum in 1998. The Medical History Museum is part of the University's Johnston-Need Medical History Unit. Curated by Dr Sioban Nelson, it was entitled: Feminine Industry: nursing work at the bedside and beyond.

The ANMHP undertakes research

Students in Nursing at the University of Melbourne’s School of Health Sciences may undertake historical scholarship in the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Nursing by Research programs.

The ANMHP is one of many interdisciplinary developments within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences that welcome the contribution of scholarship from the humanities to the study of the health sciences. The ANMHP has links with the Centre for Health and Society, an interdisciplinary centre within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

The ANMHP can advise on the preservation of historical materials

The ANMHP does not acquire historical material, but can offer advice on about the preservation of nursing and midwifery historical material.

For guidelines on the specific management of health collections see South East Sydney Area Health Service: Health Heritage Preservation Committee Policy

For guidelines on documentary management see the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre (eSRC)

ANMHP is linked to eSRC. eSRC continues earlier work of the Australian Science Archives Project (ASAP) and the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre (AusTeHC).

For guides on preservation and conservation see:

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