Sydney Hospital Graduate Nurses' Association

Sydney Hospital Graduate Nurses Association was founded in 1962 by Matron Joyce Rodmell and a group of Registered Nurses working at Sydney Hospital, Macquarie Street, Sydney. Our membership currently stands at approximately 300 men and women, living nationwide and internationally, who want to stay connected.

We offer membership to all nurses who graduated from training at Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital and Associate membership to those who have worked at the hospital for a minimum of 2 years.

We have an AGM in November each year, in the Nightingale Wing and publish 5 newsletters (hardcopy) a year.
Contact our Secretary, Jeanette Fox if you are interested in membership.


Robyn Waghorn                             


Jeanette FOX


GPO Box 1614 Sydney, 2001


Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

An annual lunch is held on the first Wednesday in October at Parliament House,
Macquarie Street and is attended by over 100 members and associate members. It is a day of reunion, sharing of photos and stories, photo opportunities and camaraderie.

The Annual General Meeting is held in November each year. This is our only meeting for the year.

The Sydney Hospital Graduates Nurses' Assoiation newsletter is published in March, May, July, September and November.

We offer members the opportunity to share their stories and re-connect with fellow grads.
A resume of our meeting procedures are published. We endeavour to keep our members briefed on some Medical and Nursing issues of general interest and share historical facts and photos.

We offer an annual “Joyce Rodmell Scholarship for Nursing Education, Research and Quality Improvement"  to a Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital nurse.

This scholarship is in recognition of the establishment of the first School of Nursing at Sydney Hospital in 1868 by Lucy Osburnthe

The St Luke's Day service is held in October each year under the auspices of the Hospitallers and Sydney Hospital Graduate Nurses Association, in association with St James’ Church, King Street.

As the first Christian Physician, St Luke is the patron saint of physicians and surgeons. For this reason, we honour Saint Luke on his feast day by praying through his intercession, for doctors and those who care for the sick.