The Past Nurses Association was founded in November 1967 by the then Matron of PAH, Doris Broomfield. Our fundraising provides for many requests from within the hospital—including funding for conferences for nursing staff, equipment for patients, sporting equipment for patients in the Spinal Injuries Unit, and facilities for relatives such as the Intensive Care Unit relatives lounge.
The committee receives and consideres many requests each year and we are very proud of the assistance we have given staff, patients and relatives of the hospital over many years. Our very first fundraising project was to raise funds for the first hospital chapel on the PAH site so our assistance to various projects goes back over 40 years.
Our main event each year is our reunion that is held on the 2nd Saturday in November annually. Venues may vary. Since 2010 we have a group who will celebrate their 50 years since graduating. This year 2015 it is the group that graduated in 1964. After August the membership secretary will send out invitations to these people who are current members of the Association.
Membership to the association is open to all past and present nursing staff of the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The fee is $5.00 per year or life membership for $25.
The Past Nurses Association sells a number of items:
These are available to be purchased at the Diamantina Health Care Museum at PAH, the regular PNA cake stalls held in the PA Hospital foyer throughout the year, and at the annual Renunion luncheon held in November.