Waghorne, J and Darian-Smith, K, A whole new world: how WWI brought new skills and professions back to Australia, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 24 April (2020) [Magazine Article]
Official URL: https://theconversation.com/a-whole-new-world-how-...
The first world war was significant to the formation of Australian national identity and defining national characteristics, such as making do and mateship. This is well acknowledged.
But it was also a technical war, which spurred advances in knowledge and expertise. Combined with the status of professionals in the public service, it profoundly reshaped Australia. It also led to the development of universities as places for training and professional qualification, as well as important research.
Before the war, concern about efficient use of public money and a desire to protect the public led governments to pass legislation to control professional practice. This ensured only qualified doctors could provide medical treatment, only qualified teachers taught in schools, and so on.
The recently released book The First World War, the Universities and the Professions in Australia, 1914–1939, edited by the authors, outlines how the war sped up these developments and widened the range of workers, such as physiotherapists, who saw themselves as part of a professional group.
|Item Type:||Magazine Article|
|Research Division:||History, Heritage and Archaeology|
|Research Group:||Historical studies|
|Research Field:||Australian history|
|Objective Division:||Culture and Society|
|Objective Group:||Understanding past societies|
|Objective Field:||Understanding Australia's past|
|UTAS Author:||Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)|
|Funding Support:||Australian Research Council (DP160101109)|
|Deposited By:||College Office - CALE|
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