"Handmaidens and Battleaxes" probes why nursing evolved primarily as a women`s profession. Importantly, it examines the psychological and sociological influences that have held the profession in check and fed the age old disregard for the work of the nurse. The film gives a global picture of nursing, using Australia as a case study but with comparative input from American and British counterparts. It highlights the complex social, political and professional dilemmas faced by nurses today. "Handmaidens and Battleaxes" uses rare archival footage, dramatic re-enactments, personal interviews and photographic stills collected from nursing colleges from three continents. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. Registration is encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome.
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