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Queensland Health pays tribute to First World War medicos

The proud history of Queensland's doctors, nurses and support staff who served during the First World War is the subject of a unique documentary 'Bandages and Battlefields', produced by the Department of Health as part of the Queensland Anzac Centenary.

The 42 minute documentary reveals the work, memories and legacy of local medicos, including 1300 doctors and about 2500 nurses, who worked in terrible conditions in the medical service during the war.

Australian doctors, nurses, ancillary staff and stretcher bearers put their lives on the line to treat thousands of allied troops as infection was rampant and only chloroform and ether was available as anaesthetic.

One of the heroes of the documentary is Brisbane-born Gallipoli nurse Grace Wilson, a decorated war hero and a recipient of the prestigious Florence Nightingale Medal.

Ms Wilson's caring nature became legend among the Anzac troops with many men calling her 'Aunty Grace'. In 1953 she was the first woman to be made a life member of the RSL.

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Last updated
31 May, 2016

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