Summary

This card was sent by Jill Goddard to the nursing staff of The Alfred hospital's Burns Unit after the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. The Burns Unit, as one of the major hospital services receiving victims of the bushfires, was swamped with cards, letters and gifts not only for the patients but also for the staff of the Unit.

As a nurse who had trained in burns nursing in the 1960s, Jill was aware of the difficulty of the job and the personal toll on burns unit staff of caring for badly injured patients. She said that although great progress had been made in the treatment of burns patients, 'it is still a very hard area'.

Physical Description

Folded greeting card with exterior design based on photo of bird-of-paradise blooms in red and green on white background. Interior text is handwritten in black ink.

Significance

This card of one of many that were received by The Alfred hospital in the days following the bushfires of February 2009. People around the world responded to the crisis with donations of money and material aid but they also wanted to express personal messages of hope and support directly to the people involved. The Burns Unit, as one of the major hospital services receiving victims of the bushfires, was swamped with cards, letters and gifts not only for the patients but also for the staff of the Unit. This collection illustrates the power of the media in conveying the effects of the fires, but more importantly it demonstrates people's need to connect directly with the victims and their carers, regardless of whether they even knew their names.

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