Kate (Catherine) Birrell was just 12 years old when she decided her life’s work would be caring for others in the healing tradition of the Catholic Church. After 54 years of extraordinary dedication to nursing, and no signs of slowing down, she shares insights into her journey.
Raised in a farming hamlet near Geelong, and educated by Sisters of Mercy she describes as ‘strong, and very encouraging’, Kate joined the St Vincent’s health community and embarked on a lifelong mission to care for others and be a guide in the craft of caring with compassion.
More than 50 years on, after touching the lives of thousands of people and gathering a notable clutch of higher education achievements along the way, Kate is still going strong, sustained by her faith and unwavering vision and purpose to enhance patient care.
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