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09 May 2024

As we honour International Nurses Day on May 12, we remember Margaret Hubery AO, a nurse whose work changed health care in Western Australia. 

Margaret was born in Perth in 1928 and constantly desired to help others. She demonstrated leadership and dedication to improving health care throughout her career.  

Margaret started at Royal Perth Hospital and went beyond her role as Director of Nursing, acting as Chief Executive Officer, setting a precedent at the time showing that women could lead in the health care sector.  

Margaret worked at Silverchain for 19 years, becoming Vice President and Chair. She influenced the organisation’s client care frameworks. She advocated for training and growth for care staff, which still affects how Silverchain cares for people today.   


Margaret Hubery: a life lived in the service of others.

Margaret's influence was not limited to Silverchain. She led Southern Cross Care (WA) to raise the quality of aged care standards. They named the Margaret Hubery House after her, showing how much she did for the community. 

In 1993, Margaret Hubery's remarkable contributions were recognised with the prestigious Member of the Order of Australia, a testament to her service to nursing and the community. 

Margaret Hubery's legacy continues to inspire health care professionals. It embodies the values celebrated on International Nurses Day—tireless dedication, compassion, and a commitment to innovation.




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