Books of Interest

Australian Midwives
Author: Paula Heelan
Published 30 March 2016, RRP $29.99 PB

Each of the midwives in this book work in extreme locations with few resources, but armed with only courage and skill, they regularly save lives and birth babies in difficult circumstances — on an airstrip, a cattle station, a dinghy (knee-deep in water with a wary eye out for the local croc), a troop-carrier or in the face of a cyclone. Featuring eight pages of beautiful full-colour photography from the author, these stories are a tribute to both the skill of the midwives and the courage of mothers. For these women, midwifery is not just a job — it’s a committed and passionate way of life.….

Author: Janie Dade Smith
Published 1st March 2016
RRP $79.95

A practical guide to learning how to deliver health care in rural and remote Australia. This frank and engaging text uses literature analysis combined with history and the personal experiences of rural and remote practitioners to examine rural, remote and Indigenous health through the social determinants of health and a social justice lens. With three new chapters written with Indigenous authors, this book is a must have for anyone working in or planning to work in rural, remote or Indigenous Australia.

The Leading Edge
Innovation, Technology and People in Australian’s Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Author Dr Stephen Langford
RRP $29.99

The advent of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the 1930s was a testimony to Australian innovation and ingenuity. Much has been written about the early history of the iconic organisation, adapting aircraft and pedal radios to meet the needs of people in vast remote areas. In this book, Dr Stephen Langford, the Service’s longest serving medico, provides a compelling account of the Service since the late 1970s. Langford’s history emphasises the technology and innovation that has enabled the RFDS to remain at the forefront of aeromedical care.

Aussie Midwives
Author: Fiona McArthur
RRP $35.00
Publication date: 28 March 2016

Join experienced rural midwife, clinical midwifery educator and novelist as she meets eighteen awe-inspiring women — and one man — who share their midwifery experiences, complete with the challenges, triumphs, joy and tragedies in . In Australia, midwives care for women and families from the cities to the red centre and in every direction to the sea — their midwifery journeys are al l different. From homebirth midwives, to rural and remote island nurses, to midwifery educators and clinical midwifery consultants, these stories are brimming with warmth, hope, heartbreak and courage.