Army Nurses in World War II (biography, war, policy)
Midwives, Nurses and the Care of Women (history, regulation, practice)
Victoria's Nurses in the Boer War (biography, nursing, practice)
Women in nineteenth century Australia (social conditions, employment)
Women's Health Policy (maternity care, gynaecology)
Women's Labour History (labour, work)
Madonna Grehan holds qualifications in General Nursing, Midwifery, Sexual Health and Reproduction, Health Ethics and History. Her history interests include: midwives, nurses and the care of women in Australia, biography, oral history, women and work, the Boer War and World War II. She is a member of the University of Melbourne's Central Human Research Ethics Committee. Dr Grehan is an oral history interviewer for the National Library of Australia (Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Oral History Project; Canberra Centenary History Project; Australian Paralympic Committee Oral History Project) and a research consultant to the television series Who Do You Think You Are? She has held State Library Fellowships in Victoria (2013) and Queensland (2015). Dr Grehan is Honorary Director of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery History Project, a web-based resource which aims to make nursing and midwifery history accessible. She is President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine. Madonna is frequently invited by community and family history groups to speak about the history of nurses and midwives. She is a social history tour guide at Melbourne's Abbotsford Convent, having commenced this volunteer role in 2006.
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.
Member 2016 -
Oral History Association of Australia.
Member 2011 -
American Association for the History of Nursing.
Member 2006 -
Australian College of Nursing.
Member and History Community of Interest Key Contact 2006 -
Australian Historical Association.
Member 2006 -
Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine.
President 2017-2019; Vice-President 2014-2015; Conf Convenor 2017; ANZSHM Councillor 2014; Vic Br. President 2014-16; Committee Mem 2009-present 2005 -
Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies.
Member 1998 -
Nurses Memorial Centre.
Life Member; Board Director 2007-2010; Education Sub-Committee; History Sub-Committee Chair 2007 - 2010
Australian College of Midwives.
Member 2003 - 2007
2018 Barbara Brodie Nursing History Fellowship, Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Centre for Nursing Historical Inquiry, University of Virginia USA for: The American connection: recruiting Australian nurses as ‘citizens of world nursing’ c.1885-1902 (USD $3,000) 2015 John Oxley Library Fellowship, State Library of Queensland for: 'Something tangible to show our gratitude’ - a History of Queensland's Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses ($20,000) 2013 CJ La Trobe Society Fellowship, State Library of Victoria for: Sarah Barfoot - an émigré gentlewoman midwife in Australia 1836-1881 ($12,500) 2011 Bequest Grant, Royal College of Nursing, Australia for: The Twelve Australian Army Nursing Service Nurses aboard the 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur ($10,000) 2009 History of the University Unit Grant, The University of Melbourne for: An early Melbourne Model?: the Diploma of Nursing at the University of Melbourne, circa 1930 ($1000) 2009 Significance Assessment, Community Heritage Grant for: the Collection of the Nurses Memorial Centre, Melbourne ($4000)
Education and training
University of Melbourne 2009
GD Hlth Eth,
University of Melbourne 2002
Awards and honors
The American connection: recruiting Australian nurses as ‘citizens of world nursing’ c.1885-1902, University of Virginia (USA), Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, Barbara Brodie Nursing History Fellowship, USD $3000,
'Something tangible to show our gratitude’: a History of Queensland's Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses, John Oxley Library Fellowship, State Library of Queensland, $20,000,
Abbotsford Convent Melbourne Volunteer Social History Tour Guide, Yarra Council VIC, Australia Day Award Community Service,
An émigré gentlewoman midwife in Port Phillip and Victoria 1848-1880, CJ La Trobe Society Fellowship, State Library Victoria, $12,500,
The twelve Australian Army Nursing Service nurses of the 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur, Royal College of Nursing, Australia, RCNA Bequest Grant $10,000,
An early Melbourne Model? A Diploma of Nursing at the University of Melbourne 1920-1945, University of Melbourne, History of the University Unit Grant,
Highly Commended +$500, for 'Heroes or villains? midwives, nurses, and maternity care in mid-nineteenth century Australia', Traffic, Journal of UMGSA, University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association,
for a Signficance Assessment of the Nurses Memorial Centre Historical Collection, National Library of Australia, Community Heritage Grant,
PhD Scholarship Professional Aspirations and Consumer Expectations: Nurses, Midwives and Women's Health, ARC SPIRT University of Melbourne and Royal Women's Hospital Melbourne,