IN OUR OWN RIGHT: Black Australian Nurses’ and Midwives Stories - 2022 National Exhibition

A series of video installations commissioned by The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Published in 2005, In Our Own Right: Black Australian Nurses’ Stories provides a powerful catalyst for questioning and calling into question the taken-for-granted humanity of us all. Told with incredible dignity and humility, each of the individual and deeply personal stories recounted is a powerful testimony to the gross inhumanity and brutal capacity within Australian society.

“In Our Own Right: Black Australian Nurses’ Stories was distributed to every Contemporary Nurse subscriber in August 2005. Acknowledgement and gratitude is due to all the Indigenous nurses who submitted their stories to make this publication a reality. To all those who were approached and did not submit their stories, thank you for considering doing so. We all appreciate your contribution to Indigenous nursing and health care.

- Sally S. Goold OAM CATSIN, June 2005

CATSINaM would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the many lands of which we live and work, for their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them, and to their Elders past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this work contains the names and images of deceased persons.


Jean Lewis, Garawa

Jayvina Raggett, Gudanjii and Garrwa

Dora Raggett, Gudanjii and Garrwa

Angeline Penrith, Wiradjuri and Yuin Nation

Brittanie Shipway, Gumb ayanggirr Mob

Aba Nero, Meriam, Erumbam Le and Kannju women from Kannju tribes

Tysan Towney, Wiradjuri and Gumbaynggirr

Shelly Lauman

Miah Kennett

Siobhan Francis & Charlotte Francis

Aida Jenkins

Douglas Jenkins


Co-Director: Nicole Hutton, Garawa

Co-Director: Kerinne Jenkins

Producer: Georgia Moraitis

DOP: Gregoire Liere

Production & Costume Design: Ella Butler

Editor: Kelly Cameron

Composer: Declan Harsent

Colourist: Alina Birmingham

Production Manager: Kristen Settinelli

3rd AD: Elizabeth Haines, Kamilaroi & Wakka Wakka

1st AC/Data Wrangler: Gary Morris

Gaffer: Mat Wilson

Grip: Kris Wallis

Best Boy: Josh Royce

Hair & Make Up: Amelia Fell

Production Assistant: Miah Kennett

Associate Costume Designer: Blake Headley

On Set Art Director: Hayden Relf

Model Maker: Madeleine Cooper

Costume Standby: Elle Fitzgerald

Art Department Assistant: Tanieka Haines, Kamilaroi and Wakka Wakka

Art Department Assist: Elle Fitzgerald

Art Department Assist: Madeleine Cooper

Stills: Enzo Amato