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Barbara Weir (1939 - )

Barbara Weir circa mid-1990s

With a mother who was a Magistrate at the Children’s Court and involved with Fairlea Women’s Prison and other community causes, it seemed natural for Barbara to gravitate to social work after she left school. She undertook the combined Arts-Social Work program at The University of Melbourne between 1958 and 1962, and began work in the disability area at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 1963.

In 1970 she joined the Hospitals and Charities Commission where she ran the Handicapped Persons’ Information Bureau for seven years before moving to the Austin Hospital as Deputy Chief Social Worker and Student Unit Coordinator. After two years overseas with her husband, in 1981 Barbara returned to a position as Student Unit Coordinator at Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne, and remained there until the hospital closed in 1991. She then moved to Monash Medical Centre to a similar position, and in mid 1993 took a position as Chief Social Worker at Hampton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Throughout her career Barbara was able to combine student supervision with clinical work in the medical settings where she was employed. She enjoyed the combination of administration, teaching and clinical work that was available to her in these settings, and was still working across these three areas at the time of the interview in August 1996.

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