Journal article

Nursing and care for the aged in Victoria: 1950s to 1970s.

Cecily Hunter

Nursing Inquiry | Published : 2005

Abstract

In the state of Victoria, Australia in the late 1950s and early 1960s, restorative treatment was introduced into the state-subsidized benevolent homes, and they were reclassified as geriatric hospitals. In the process, the nursing care of incapacitated old people was identified in terms of particular skills and knowledge, and specific forms of training were established for nurses at two levels of training: nurses' aides and supervisory nurses with a post-basic qualification. These institutional changes were complemented by the introduction of a nursing role into the body responsible for overseeing care for the aged in Victoria. Little was made of this opportunity to establish a leading role ..

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