On 13 December 1948 in New York, the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) officially approved Fellowship number 2770. It allowed Gwen Burbidge, the Matron of the Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, to spend eight months observing and studying nursing and nurse education in Canada and the USA. Gwen Burbidge had a little over a month to prepare: she flew out from Melbourne on 23 January 1949, arriving in Vancouver four days later.
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