Doreen McCarthy Grant

This inaugural joint funded grant between RPH Nursing Research Foundation and the RPH Medical Research Foundation recognizes the significant contribution to RPH and the nursing profession by Mrs Doreen McCarthy.

Doreen completed her nursing training at RPH 1958. She was appointed to the position of Director of Nursing at RPH in 1990. During her period of tenure as Director of Nursing, major changes in the administrative structure of the hospital were introduced. She participated in the establishment of the original East Metropolitan Area Health Service, and the introduction of the new divisional structure at RPH. Doreen also identified the need for the establishment of the Nursing Professorial position at RPH.

Prior to her time at RPH Doreen played a key state-wide role in the implementation of the current nursing career structure. This new structure emphasised, amongst others, the key role of the Clinical Nurse, Clinical Nurse specialist and the Nurse Researcher positions.

On leaving RPH in December 1994, Doreen under took consultancy work for the Health Department of W.A. In 1999 Doreen was approached by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame to establish the School of Nursing at Notre Dame, where she was appointed the Professor of Nursing, undertaking the establishment and development of the new nursing