Dr Ruth Rae (FACN)
PhD (Uni of Syd), MLitt (UNE), BA (UNE), Dip CD (UNE Partnerships).
Ruth Rae has been a registered nurse since 1978 and has worked as a freelance researcher and writer for more than twenty years. Her PhD thesis ‘Jessie Tomlins: An Australian army nurse – World War One’ (2001) highlighted a dearth of historical material about the contribution of Australian nurses who served overseas during this period. After a further three years of research and writing The NSW College of Nursing published Scarlet Poppies – the Army Experience of Australian Nurses during World War One (2004) which gives a history of a number of Australian nurses who served in all theatres of the 1914-18 war. This research was followed by a further three years of research into the social histories of Australian war nurses which was published Veiled Lives: Threading Australian Nursing history into the fabric of the First World War. (The College of Nursing, 2007).
Since commencing her research Ruth has compiled a comprehensive nominal roll of Australian nurses who served. The nominal roll has recently been updated and includes the names of a number of Australian nurses who served overseas but did not belong to a nursing service. Dr Rae has endeavoured to record the details of as many nurses as possible in recognition of the valuable contribution our colleagues provided to not only the servicemen but to the ongoing professionalism of civilian and military nursing in this country. In recognition of the importance of the nursing profession to the centenary celebrations the nominal roll will form an additional, stand alone, document within the box set trilogy.
See further details of the Ruth Rae’s publications here.