About Judith

About Judith

Judith is a highly respected historian with extensive experience in the history of healthcare and an Honorary Associate of the Department of History, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.


PhD (Macq), BA(Hons) (UNE), MPHlth (a.e.g. Syd), Dip.Ed. (UNE), FACN (Hon), MPHA(NSW).

Current Projects

I am researching, with Dr Janis Wilton, ‘From servant to matron: the career of Elizabeth Morrow 1868-86’.

Recent Employment

  • Consultant editor and historian for Bangalore Dies with Me. An historical reflection on the legacy and lives of three generations of Morant family pioneers on the heritage protected property ‘Bangalore” in Renmark, SA by Peter Loveday (Peter Loveday, Sydney, 2021)
  • Commissioned history of the mental health organisation, Aftercare, 2017 (now called Stride).
  • Commissioned history of the Australian Pain Society, 2014-15.
  • Consultant to TV series Love Child, 2013 .
  • Commissioned history of Crown Street Women’s Hospital, July 2010-13 (sample chapters available on request).
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, 2005-08.
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney, 1999-2005.
  • Head, Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney, 1995-99.
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Research Program Coordinator), Centre for Teaching & Learning, University of Sydney (half-time secondment, 1992-95.
  • Various academic positions in Sydney College of Advanced Education/University of Sydney, 1987-95.

Recent Awards / Appointments

  • Honorary Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine.
  • Patron, Ryde District Historical Society, Ryde, NSW, 2014 – current.
  • Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, conferred 2011.
  • Co-authored Nursing before Nightingale 1815-1899 selected an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. The citation reads: ‘Comprising just over 9 percent of the more than 25,000 titles submitted to Choice in 2012, Outstanding Academic Titles are the “the best of the best”.’
  • American Association for the History of Nursing’s Lavinia L. Dock Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing for co-authored Nursing before Nightingale 1815-1899,
  • My Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced. Florence Nightingale’s envoy to Australia, Sydney University Press, 2006, short-listed for the National Biography Award, 2008.
  • Awarded ad eundem gradum Master of Public Health, University of Sydney, 2008.
  • Presented the International Nurses’ Day Oration, University of Sunshine Coast, 12 May 2008.
  • H. Currey Memorial Fellow, State Library of NSW, 2002.


I have training and experience as a teacher in special education, high schools (English/History), and at University. At the latter, I have successfully taught at all levels from first year undergraduate to doctoral level and have given frequent guest lectures.

I am an experienced thesis examiner, mostly at doctoral level. The most recent theses I have examined are from Macquarie University, the Universities of Manchester, Auckland, Sydney, Queensland, the Australian Catholic University, and the University of New England.

I am currently supervising a research student at the University of Sydney and in 2016 was the external member of a panel to consider a confirmation of candidature to a PhD at the University of Western Sydney.


For details of Judith’s publications click here.

Public Speaker

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