Bush Nurses – Inspiring true stories

20 March 2013

CoverFrontier Services knows it takes someone special to be a bush nurse in rural and remote Australia. A collection of stories from these courageous women, and some men, are contained in a new book, Bush Nurses, which goes on sale today.

Edited by Annabelle Brayley, Bush Nurses celebrates the courage and resourcefulness of the nurses who have been the backbone of medical services in Australia over the past 100 years. Published by Penguin, all royalties from the book will be donated to Frontier Services.

The stories take place across the outback, from Birdsville, to Oodnadatta to Marble Bar, the Snowy Mountains and in between. The stories they share are heartfelt, funny and at times, hair-raising.

Annabelle writes, “Nurses, as a breed, are generally taken for granted. Bush Nurses are not only taken for granted, but they are also often completely overlooked, and yet the bush has traditionally run on nurse power…Nurses are often the lynchpins around which their communities revolve.”

The book includes stories from current and former Frontier Services and AIM nurses who have served in the outback, including Anna Burley from the Savannah Regional Health Service and former nurses, Dulcie Andrew, Jo Fort, Jean Mittelheuser, Sue Nilon and Beryl Scott.

Bush Nurses is available from book stores, online bookstores and in eBook form. You can purchase both the physical book and the eBook from the Penguin website http://www.penguin.com.au/search/results/bush%20nurses