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Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS) (1942 - 1951)

From
December 1942
To
1951
Occupations
Armed services organisation

Summary

The Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS) was established in December 1942. At that stage it was decided to distinguish between Voluntary Aid Detachments, whose governing body was the Joint State Council in each State and the Joint Central Council (the Commonwealth authority), and Voluntary Aids who were serving at Military Hospitals on a full-time basis under Army control. [1]

Author Patsy Adam-Smith, herself a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) who joined the AAMWS, states in Australian Women at War:

From that date [December 1942], the Service's officers and soldiers were subject to military law and to the provisions of the Defence Act, the Army Act and the Rules of Procedure…'The majority of the original recruits for the AAMWS were drawn from the ranks of the Voluntary Aid Detachments, and the experience they already had was of great benefit in their work in military hospitals, both home and overseas.'

In July 1949 the Australian Army Medical Women's Service became part of the Regular Army. Two years later The Service was disbanded and its duties were incorporated into the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps.

[1] Australian Women at War p. 194 and From Blue to Khaki p. 50

Details

Events

December 1942 - February 1951
The Australian Army Medical Women's Service established to distinguish between full-time military Voluntary Aids and those attached on a voluntary basis to the aid organisations
1946
Served in Japan with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF)
July 1949
AAMWS approved to become part of the Regular Army
February 1951
Australian Army Medical Women's Service was disbanded and incorporated into the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps

Sources used to compile this entry: Reid, Richard, Just wanted to be there : Australian Service Nurses 1899-1999, Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs, Canberra, 1999, 121 pp.

Related entries

Timeline

 1914 - Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD)
       1942 - 1951 Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS)
             1948 - Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC)

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Archival resources

Australian War Memorial Research Centre

  • Army Women's Services, 1939 - 1945, MSS0780; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Australian Army Medical Women's Service 1944-09-30 - 1944-10-04, 30 September 1944 - 4 October 1944, 080687; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Australian Army Medical Women's Service conference of Assistant and Deputy Assistant Controllers, 30 September 1944 - 4 October 1944, 080686; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Australian servicewomen's memorial, 1999, ART90968; Ferguson, Anne; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Herring, Enid Jessie, Assistant Controller, AAMWS, b: 1912, 1939 - 1952, 3DRL/8023; Herring, Enid Jessie; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Jill Linton Private Australian Army Medical Women's Service, S00553; Angie Michaelis; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Join the AAMWS, 1939 - 1945, ARTV01081; Artist unknown/Unknown/[Australian Commonwealth Military Forces]; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • The leaders of the Australian Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), 28 September 1942, 136909; Herald Newspaper; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Lila Stocks Voluntary Aid Detachment and Private Australian Army Medical Women's Service, S00552; Angie Michaelis; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Members of the Australian Army Medical Women's Service at the 115th Heidelberg Military Hospital, 24 May 1944, 066316; Buchanan, R J; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Studio portrait of NF482322 Lieutenant (Lt) Elva Baikie, 1944, P02715.001; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • V81999 Captain W. J. J. McGee, assisted by VF500148 Major A. R. Appleford, 22 March 1943, 138233; Herald Newspaper; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • V81999 Captain W. J. J. McGee, assisted by VF500148 Major A. R. Appleford, 22 March 1943, 138235; Herald Newspaper; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, Assistant Controller, 6 September 1944, 069125; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, Assistant Controller, Australian Army Medical Women's Service, 6 September 1944, 069124; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, Assistant Controller, Australian Army Medical Women's Service, Victorian Lines of Communication Area, 5 October 1944, 080772; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, with Captain P. Williamson, Australian Army Medical Women's Service, 6 October 1944, 080896; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details

National Archives of Australia, Melbourne Office

  • Army Medical & Dental Corps. Nurses and Specialists [Applications for a Commission in the A.A.M.C. Voluntary Aid Detachments (V.A.D.)] - A R Appleford, September 1942, MP508/1; National Archives of Australia, Melbourne Office. Details
  • Army Medical & Dental Corps. Nurses and Specialists [Applications for a Commission in the A.A.M.C. Voluntary Aid Detachments (V.A.D.)] - J L Christie, September 1942, MP508/1; National Archives of Australia, Melbourne Office. Details
  • Army Medical & Dental Corps. Nurses and Specialists [Applications for a Commission in the A.A.M.C. Voluntary Aid Detachments (V.A.D.)] - J M Snelling, October 1942, MP508/1; National Archives of Australia, Melbourne Office. Details
  • Change of title from VAD [Voluntary Aid Detachment] to AAMWS [Australian Army Medical Women's Service], 1942, MP508/1; National Archives of Australia, Melbourne Office. Details

Digital resources

Title
Join the AAMWS
Type
Image
Date
1939 - 1945
Control
ARTV01081
Source
Australian War Memorial

Details

Title
Woven Red Cross badge
Type
Image
Date
1941 - 1945
Control
REL30727
Source
Australian War Memorial

Details

See also

Title
Choir in St George's Chapel Adelaide River, NT.
Type
Image
Date
October 1944
Control
P02698.002
Source
Australian War Memorial

Details

Title
"Blue Horizon" company on stage
Type
Image
Date
1945
Control
P02698.003
Source
Australian War Memorial

Details

Anne Heywood

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