Ex-trainee nurses plan re­union

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

ROYAL Perth Hospi­tal’s for­mer trainee nurses will be cel­e­brat­ing a school re­union like no other this year.

RPH Ex-Trainees & As­so­ci­ates is cel­e­brat­ing its 80th an­niver­sary in Septem­ber.

Pres­i­dent Jan Out­trim-Kee­gan said the group started in 1936 to help nurses who trained at RPH to “main­tain con­tact and fel­low­ship”.

“This was 40 years from when the first nurse was ac­cepted for nurse train­ing at The Perth (Public) Hospi­tal in 1896,” she said.

“With the change to uni­ver­si­ty­trained nurses, our last RPH grad­u­ate was in 1975.”

Ms Out­trim-Kee­gan said that each decade the ex-trainees had cel­e­brated with a spe­cial din­ner.

“There have been amaz­ing re­sponses and al­though our num­bers de­crease with each cel­e­bra­tion, there is al­ways great an­tic­i­pa­tion and en­thu­si­asm of re­new­ing con­tact from such an amaz­ing part of our lives.”

The most se­nior mem­ber of the group is 101 years old and sev­eral mem­bers are in their 90s. The youngest is 60. “Many of our col­leagues have at­tended the 50th, 60th, and 70th RPH Ex-Trainees gala din­ners and now look for­ward to the 80th,” Ms Out­trim-Kee­gan said.

A gala 80th an­niver­sary lun­cheon will be held in the Grand Ball­room at Ren­dezvous Ho­tel Perth Scar­bor­ough on Septem­ber 3. Con­tact Ms Out­trim-Kee­gan on janout­trim@bigpond.com for de­tails.

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RPH ex-trainee nurses, from left, Wendy Cowie, Jan Out­trim-Kee­gan, Val Martin, He­len Ot­t­away, Mar­garet Baker and Jill O'Don­nell.

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