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Unmasked officially opens

Unmasked officially opens

Safer Care Victoria Acting Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Tanya Farrell, Health Minister Martin Foley, Her Place Museum co-chair and former ANMF Secretary Belinda Morieson, Premier Daniel Andrews, ANMF Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick and Her Place Museum Chair Mary Delahunty at the launch of Unmasked 4/3/21. Photo: Melanie Desa/Her Place Museum

The eagerly awaited Unmasked: celebrating nursing and midwifery, Victoria and beyond exhibit was officially opened by the Premier, Daniel Andrews on Thursday 4 March at Her Place Women’s Museum Australia.

The Premier paid tribute to the work of nurses and midwives, using their skills and expertise to care for patients at their most vulnerable.

‘But it’s not just sadness though, it’s not just complex and challenging work. It’s also so many moments of joy.’

ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick and Safer Care Victoria Acting Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Tanya Farrell also paid tribute to the contributions by nurses, midwives, and carers particularly during 2020 – the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife – with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-curated by nurse and artist Penelope Lee, and nurse, midwife and historian Dr Madonna Grehan, Unmasked showcases Australian women in the nursing and midwifery professions.

ANMF (Vic Branch) is a supporter of the exhibition, including loaning of material from Branch archives. Members are also featured in video interviews.

The museum is located 208-210 Clarendon St, East Melbourne, and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm. Unmasked closes 1 April.

The exhibition was supported by the Victorian Government and ANMF (Vic Branch).

Photos by Melanie Desa for Her Place Museum Australia who have kindly shared them with us.