Hazel Travers-Jones worked as a corsetiere  in the early 70s.
Hazel Travers-Jones worked as a corsetiere in the early 70s. Contributed.

Giving women confidence as a surgical corsetiere

MORE than 45 years ago, Noyea Riverside Retirement Village resident Hazel Travers-Jones worked in a haberdashery shop selling everything from needles and threads to furniture.

"You learnt as you went along,” Hazel recalls.

Little did she know the skills she developed would take her career in an unexpected direction.

"At the time Myer was opening department stores in Brisbane and they needed experienced corsetieres.”

While working at Myer, Hazel studied by long distance correspondence and became a qualified nurse with a surgical certification.

Working in conjunction with the Queensland Cancer Clinic, Hazel started fitting women with their prostheses.

"I was a surgical corsetiere who fitted bras for women who had undergone a mastectomy,” Hazel says.

"It was very rewarding to know I was helping women regain their confidence after they had undergone intrusive surgery.”

At 86 years, Hazel enjoys her retirement at Noyea Riverside, continuing busy lifestyle outside the village, where she is on the management committee at the Beenleigh and Districts Senior Citizens Centre.

Even in retirement, Hazel still spends her time helping and supporting others.

As a volunteer, she oversees the indoor bowls group and with lots of encouragement and a little assistance, Hazel helps those in respite care to play a game of bowls.

"I'm happy to help out and if it brings enjoyment for the local senior citizens, then I'm delighted.”

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