For each major project, I have accepted invitations to talk about my research and findings. The majority of these invitations are the result of word of mouth and are given on a voluntary basis.

a) Guest speaker 2011–17 on my history of Crown Street Women’s Hospital, to the following organisations:

Bella Vista Gardens aged care facility, Kellyville; Granville Historical Society; Kellyville/Castle Hill Mixed Probus Club; Engadine Central Probus Club; Parramatta and District Historical Society; Q Station Lecture Series (2017); Bitesize Lunchtime Talk for International Women’s Day at State Library of NSW; Thornleigh Community Baptist Church Seniors ; History Group, Woodlands Retirement Village, Cherrybrook; War Widows Guild of Australia (NSW), Epping; Pennant Hills College for Seniors History Group, Pennant Hills; Switched on Seniors, Carlingford; Kogarah Historical Society; Tuesday Ladies Club, Carlingford Court, Carlingford; Jessie Street National Women’s Library, Sydney; Epping Probus, Sydney; NSW Senior Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Spring Meeting, Sydney; U3A History Group, Hornsby; Royal Australasian College of Physicians History of Medicine Library Lecture Series; Ryde District Historical Society, Ryde; West Epping Uniting Church Ladies’ Fellowship; Botany Family History Society; Q Station Lecture Series; Next Chapter History Group, Randwick Library; WEA/PHA/RAHS seminar; and Scholarly Musings series, State Library of NSW.

b) Guest speaker, 2002–17 on my biography of Lucy Osburn, to the following organisations:

Eastern Farms Chapter, Fellowship of First Fleeters; Pennant Hills College for Seniors History Group, Pennant Hills; Computer Pals for Seniors – Epping; Castle Hill & District Probus Club; The Inner Wheel Clubs of Sutherland and Port Hacking; Sylvania Waters; Switched on Seniors, Carlingford; Canada Bay Heritage Society; Tuesday Ladies’ Club, Carlingford; War Widows Guild of Australia (NSW), Epping; Kogarah Historical Society; U3A History Group, Hornsby; Campbelltown Family History Society; Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Talk About Series; Central Coast Family History Society, Gosford; and the Blue Mountains Historical Society.

Academic papers have been presented to the University of Sunshine Coast; NSW College of Nursing, Burwood; Golding Centre for Women’s History, Theology and Spirituality, Australian Catholic University; Royal Australian Historical Society; History of Nursing Research Colloquium, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford; Presentations in the History of Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Friends of the NSW State Library; Freilich Foundation, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra; and Sydney Hospital/NSW Society of the History of Medicine, Sydney Hospital.

c) Guest speaker, 2008-12 on my biography of Gwen Burbidge to:

The College of Nursing/ NSW Society for History of Medicine; Australian College of Nursing Inaugural History Conference, Melbourne; and at the Alfred Hospital Nurses’ Reunion Dinner, Melbourne.

d) Miscellaneous invited talks in Australia 2001–11

Panel member for the Oral History Association of Australia, State Library of NSW; Sydney Hospital/ NSW Society of the History of Medicine, Sydney Hospital; Aftercare Centenary Celebrations, Sydney; NSW State Records/ Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Museum, Sydney Hospital; Conference on Embryo, fetus and newborn: from experiment to clinical practice and prevention in the Antipodes, Sydney; Professor Jill Roe’s Festschrift, Macquarie University; Working Lives Conference, University of Sydney; Health and Medical Museums/NSW Society of the History of Medicine, Sydney Hospital; and Women’s Bodies Women’s History Conference.

e) Miscellaneous invited talks overseas, 2001-08:

Panel member on the Colonial and Political Context of Nursing, Canadian Association of the History of Nursing, Toronto; Seminar for School of Nursing & Midwifery/ UK Centre for History of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Manchester;, University of Manchester; Scottish Women’s History Network Spring Workshop, Queen Margaret University campus, Edinburgh; Health History West seminars, University of the West of England; and 9th Biennial Conference of the Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Auckland.

f) Invited talks, 1996-2000 to:

The Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, Toronto, Canada; Allemang Society for the History of Nursing, Toronto, Canada; Medical History Section, Margaret River, WA.; and the University of Newcastle.


In addition to the above, during 2000-16 I have presented papers to the following conferences:

Australian Historical Association; Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine, Sydney; International Perspectives in the History of Nursing Conference, Royal Holloway College, UK; The National Estate – Civic Heritage Conference Proceedings Independent Scholars Association of Australia Inc., Canberra; Canadian Society of the History of Medicine/ Canadian Association for the History of Nursing at University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Medical History Symposium, Launceston; 3rd International Conference of Nursing and Midwifery History, Melbourne; Exploring Diasporas: Nursing and Midwifery Cultural Migrations Conference, Oxford; Australian Society for the History of Medicine, Melbourne; Australian Historical Association Conference, Brisbane; Canadian Society of the History of Medicine Conference, University of Toronto; ‘Stories from the Field’, Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney; Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Adelaide; British Australian Studies Association Conference, London.

In addition, during 1980-99 I presented 22 conference papers, seven of which were published in proceedings, others elsewhere.