Ila Hill-Paterson came south looking for more interesting work in midwifery. Having trained in nursing and midwifery in the 1960s, she had come to NZ in 1967 as a ‘10 pound pom’. After finding the hospital up north more like a ‘Wattie’s canning factory’, she relocated to Maniototo hospital where she worked from 1969 – 1984 in midwifery and general nursing, and later at Dunstan Hospital until 2000. With delightful humour Ila describes her early years training in the 1960s and contrasts some of the changes she’s seen over the years in both approach and equipment.

Interviewer: Jo Wilson
Interview Dates:
February 2022

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