We are creating a King Eddies cookbook – Bun in the Oven – Recipes and Stories from our King Eddies Family – and we would dearly love to have contributions from our King Eddies family. Money raised will be used for Alumni initiatives which support KEMH staff and preservation of our shared history.
One of those initiatives is the KEMH Alumni Perpetual Edith Cowan Awardwhich will celebrate Edith Cowan’s work in helping to establish our hospital. Each year an amount will be awarded for conference attendance/further study that supports and enables excellence in care to women, their infants, and families. All current staff of the Women and Newborn Health Service will be eligible to apply for the award.
Reserve your copy of this limited edition cookbook by pre-ordering using the pre-order form on this website.
Six KEMH Alumni members met at Parliament House and were treated to an interesting insight into the history and some of the internal workings of our government.
Our tour started with a talk, along with morning tea, before we were then able to view different parts of the parliamentary building, including both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. There is a full-time craftsman employed to look after all the beautiful jarrah wood that has been used throughout.
We learned about the Hansard reporters who work in 10-minute shifts using special machines to record the proceedings of a parliamentary sitting. In the past this was recorded using shorthand with some able to reach speeds of 160 words a minute, but this is now a dying art.
This year, as you know, is a celebration of 100 years since Edith Cowan became the first Australian woman to be elected as a member of Parliament. On the day of our visit a group from Edith Cowan University were filming a re-enactment of that historic event. We were lucky enough to see them working on this in the Legislative Assembly.
Our guide also told us about what happens when the division bell is rung – this is only rung for a short time prior to a vote being taken on an amendment to a bill and can result in many people running madly through parliament in order to arrive before the doors are closed. Could be seen as an early attempt at providing exercise in the workplace?!