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‘It was different for Nance.
She wasn’t dependent on a man.
In fact, she thought that might be
part of the problem.
She’d been running her own life for so
long, she was used to shaping things as
she wanted... She was like those girls
who learned to dance with other girls,
taking turns to be the man. They never
got the hang of following, once they
knew what it was like to lead.’
One Life: My Mother’s Story is a biography
of Nance Isobel Gee, written by her
daughter, popular Australian author,
Kate Grenville. Nance was born in 1912.
Against the odds for a woman of her
humble background, Nance attended
Sydney University, became a registered
pharmacist and owned her own
pharmacy. But this simplistic summation
of her life is completely inadequate,
for Nance did much, much more with
As Grenville relates the incidents
and events that punctuated Nance’s
life, she takes the reader back to
another era, one on the cusp of
major change. Schooling, work, war,
sexual discrimination, motherhood,
political affiliations and even building
a house feature in this interesting and
entertaining memoir: ‘Why shouldn’t
a woman lay bricks? The world would
never change if someone wasn’t
prepared to be the first.’
While this may be a memoir, Grenville
still manages to treat the reader to
» BOOK REVIEW
Marianne Vincent lives at Thirroul NSW, and works at
Wollongong Hospital Pharmacy Department. She has
been a pharmacist for almost 40 years.
One life my
BY MARIANNE VINCENT
some wonderfully evocative prose:
‘ They woke to a day so hot and still the
air was like something solid. All morning
a cloud gathered on the horizon and
by afternoon it filled the sky, dark with
a dangerous green underbelly like a
bruise. Then one great blast of wind,
and the hail starting all at once, like
someone spilling peas out of a colander’
is just one example. Many of the images
on the 24 pages of photographs will
strike a chord with readers of a certain
vintage, who may well have similar
photographs of their own family.
Grenville explains: ‘Her story is unusual
in some ways, but in other ways it’s the
archetypal 20th Century story of the
coming of a new world of choices and
Those who knew her have described
Nance Gee as a remarkable woman:
this is a description which Grenville’s
biography proves is certainly very apt.
Once again, Grenville treats her readers
to a brilliant read.
One Life: My Mother’s Story was released
on 25 March by Text Publishing (At:
Better, not less, regulation
The Australian Self Medication
Industry (ASMI) has urged the
Federal Government to fine
tune the regulatory system for
complementary medicines, calling
for better rather than less regulation.
Dr Deon Schoombie, ASMI Executive
Director, said ASMI’s submission
to the complementary medicines
section of the Federal Government’s
Review of Medicines and Medical
Devices Regulation advocates for a
best practice risk‐based regulatory
system. ‘ASMI is broadly supportive
of the current Australian regulatory
system for complementary medicines.
The current system does not
need dismantling, but should be
improved to streamline processes,
increase transparency and ensure
that regulatory requirements
are commensurate with risk,’
Dr Schoombie said.
PBA postpones expiry move
The Pharmacy Board of Australia
announced in late April that the
implementation of the expiry of
compounded parenteral medicines
section in the guidelines had
been postponed. This means that
practitioners do not need to follow
this guidance for now. The guidelines
were published on the Board’s website
in early March to allow pharmacists
to become familiar with the content
before implementation. The board said
it had received further feedback and
information on its guidance about the
expiry of compounded medicines that
needs further investigation and review.
It would review the information and
seek further views in coming months
while working closely with the
Therapeutic Goods Administration
(TGA) and other stakeholders.
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