Royal District Nursing Service (South Australia)

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Industry Nursing/Healthcare
Founded 1894
Headquarters Adelaide, Australia

RDNS (Royal District Nursing Service of South Australia) was established in 1894.[1]

RDNS SA (Royal District Nursing Service South Australia) is a not-for-profit community health and care provider in Adelaide, Australia.

The Royal District Nursing Service is known as RDNS in South Australia and Silver Chain throughout the rest of Australia.


RDNS Logo until 2010
Bush District Nurse

The Royal District Nursing Society of South Australia, initially the District Trained Nursing Society (D.T.N.S.), was inaugurated on 12 July 1894 following 12 months work by a trained nurse in the Adelaide suburb of Bowden. This experiment, which was financed by the philanthropic Barr Smith and EIder families, had convinced founders, Dr. Allan Campbell, M.L.C., Rev. B.C. Stephenson and Nightingale nurse Matron Edith Noble, of the local demand for a district nursing service. Meanwhile, the financial viability of such a venture was being demonstrated by the Pirie Street Nursing Sisters' Association, which was organised by the inner-city Pirie Street Wesleyan Methodist Church but supported by public donations. Founder Rev. Joseph Berry was on the inaugural committee of the D.T.N.S., although his Pirie Street Nursing Sisters' Association remained independent until 1898. Subsequently, in 1937, the D.T.N.S. was renamed the District and Bush Nursing Society of S.A. Inc.; in 1965 the 'Royal' prefix was granted and in 1973 'Bush' was removed from the title.[2]

In September 2011, RDNS merged with the Silver Chain Nursing Association of Western Australia. Due to the strong history of RDNS within South Australia, the RDNS name and branding continues to be used within that state.


RDNS provides care within local communities and as such has bases located throughout Adelaide.

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