STATEMENT
MINISTER FOR FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES
MISS BERYL GRANT OBE RSCNA
RETIREMENT
STATEMENT - MINISTER FOR FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES
House:LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY- STATEMENT
Date:10.26 AM THURSDAY, 26 June 1997
Member:
Member:Parker, Mrs Rhonda
Subject:STATEMENT - MINISTER FOR FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES
Page:4658 / 2

STATEMENT - MINISTER FOR FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES

Miss Beryl Grant, OBE, RSCNA - Retirement

MRS PARKER (Ballajura - Minister for Family and Children’s Services) [10.26 am] - by leave: I wish to make a brief ministerial statement on the outstanding contribution made by Miss Beryl Grant to families and children in this State. Miss Grant recently announced her retirement as chairperson of the Child Care Services Board.

Miss Grant trained as a nurse at the children's hospital, now Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. She joined the staff at the completion of her training and was later appointed nurse tutor in the preliminary training school. This was followed by midwifery training at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, where she worked as a nursing sister. No child welfare training was then available in the State and Miss Grant went to Melbourne to train in this field at the Presbyterian babies home.

In 1956 Miss Grant was awarded the Florence Nightingale scholarship to study at the College of Nursing Australia for the nursing administration diploma, serving on the administration staff of King Edward Memorial Hospital. In 1959 Miss Grant was appointed as the first matron of Ngala Family Resource Centre. She remained with Ngala until 1980, making a distinguished and unique contribution to the community.

In 1961 Miss Grant was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study child care and work associated with unmarried mothers. In 1976 Miss Grant was appointed by the Premier to chair an inquiry into residential child care. In 1979 Miss Grant was appointed as a special magistrate with the metropolitan Children's Court, a position she held for 10 years.

Miss Grant was chairperson of the Child Care Services Board from 1989 to 1996. As the first chairperson, she played a significant role in the development of the board and the protection and promotion of the wellbeing of children and families.

In 1990 Miss Grant chaired a community panel on prostitution, studying community attitudes and reporting to the Minister for Police. Miss Grant has been involved in a number of projects within Family and Children’s Services, including being a member of the task force on families in Western Australia in 1994-95, which was set up to look at the situation of families and to recommend a plan for government action aimed at strengthening families.

Miss Grant has been a moderator of the Uniting Church in Western Australia and was a past national president of the Royal College of Nursing. She is currently chairperson of the Uniting Church Homes Board.

Miss Grant's achievements and contribution to the community have been acknowledged in a number of ways. In 1976 Miss Grant was made an Officer of the British Empire for her services to nursing and the welfare of children and young people. In 1977 she was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal and in 1993 the Advance Australia Award for her ongoing contribution and commitment to the general welfare of the community.

On behalf of the Government, I express my sincere gratitude to Miss Grant for her dedication and commitment to the families and young people of Western Australia over 40 years and wish her a long and happy future.