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Celebrating Aramac’s long-serving Matron Winifred Stamp

Wednesday 16 September 2020


A new pavilion on the grounds of the new Aramac Primary Health Centre commemorates a much loved and long-serving hospital Matron.

A community event and morning tea to dedicate the pavilion will be held at the Aramac PHC from 9 am to 10 am on Friday, 25 September and the public is invited to attend.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Danielle Causer said the newly built pavilion was in honour of former Aramac Matron Winifred Stamp.

“Today, we know them as Directors of Nursing but, in years gone by, they were known as Matrons and they run their hospitals with a firm and dedicated hand,’’ Ms Causer said.

A memorial pergola to Matron Stamp had been in the grounds of the previous, more than 100-year-old Aramac Primary Health Centre.

“The Aramac community indicated they wanted the pergola and memorial relocated to the new, $4.1 million primary health centre, which was completed in April 2018,’’ Ms Causer said.

“But we wanted to make sure whatever memorial we erected at the new PHC met the needs of the community and Matron Stamp’s family, so it’s taken us a while to get feedback from everyone and come up with a plan with which everyone is happy.

“We settled on building a new structure to house the memorial, adjacent to the new PHC, and to be called the Matron Stamp Pavilion.’’

Ms Causer said Matron Stamp was appointed Matron of what was then the old Aramac Hospital in 1949 and served until 1965.

She resigned for family reasons but returned in May 1966 to serve as a sister at the hospital at the request of the local community.

She was reappointed Matron in June 1968 and remained at the hospital until she retired in 1980.

In 1973, she was appointed a Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire for her dedicated service to the nursing profession.

Matron Stamp died in November 2005, aged 88.

“Matron Stamp exemplified all the qualities of a nursing professional – including dedication and commitment to her patients, staff and local community,’’ Ms Causer said.

“Even now, 40 years after her retirement, she is still remembered fondly in the community and we are very proud and happy to be able to house this memorial to her long and dedicated service in our new primary health centre.

“It is also fitting that we are dedicating this new pavilion to Matron Stamp this year, which is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

“Nurses and midwives like Matron Stamp play a vital role in providing health services throughout the world.

“These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunisations and health advice; looking after older people, advocating for patients and generally meeting everyday essential health needs.

“They are often the first and only point of care in their communities and we celebrate them all.’’

ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 16 September 2020