Because of Her – International Women’s Day Panel

Next Wednesday don’t forget to RSVP to our Women’s Day Panel.

Larissa Behrendt will convene the panel and talk to three women who have played a role in the nursing fraternity, but also in other areas like education, community activism and  keeping the history of this area alive and engaged for our communities future.


Dulcie Flower is a very proud Torres Strait Islander (TSI) Woman from the Meriam nation.  She grew up as a member of the TSI community in her birth place, Cairns QLD.

Most of Dulcie’s life has been spent as a Registered Nurse, and she participates in life and initiatives to improve the well-being of both TSI and Aboriginal families.

Dulcie has been actively involved in:  The education and training of Aboriginal Health Workers.  Many consultative committees and expert panels at all levels on a wide variety if health and related topics.

She was also very active in both the Aborigines Progressive Association and FCAATSI and her work in the creation of the strong Aboriginal medical Services has left a great impact on society.


Professor Juanita Sherwood is a proud Wiradjuri woman. Juanita is a registered nurse, teacher, lecturer, researcher and manager with a depth of working experiences of some thirty years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and education

She is currently working as the academic Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence at The University of Sydney

Professor Sherwood has pushed boundaries from a grassroots, community based position that seeks to engage with and build capability within communities, deliver culturally safe models and research methodologies in partnership with communities and recognise in policy and practice the straight line between world views and social justice.


Odette is a proud Wakgun clan member of the Gurreng Gurreng Nation. She is the Associate Professor at University of Southern Queensland in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

She has worked extensively in the area of Aboriginal health, as a sexual health co-ordinator and within the women’s and youth prison systems in Brisbane.

As an historian of Aboriginal nurses and midwives she is passionate about uncovering and documenting the experiences and saving them from historical oblivion.