Australia Post Honours Medical Doctors

This month Australia Post is honoring 5 medical doctors for their lasting legacies. The stamps will be issued on 10 April and will be on sale until 9 May. The three remarkable men featured are Professor Fred Hollows, Dr Victor Chang and Professor Chris O’Brien. The two remarkable medical women are Dr Jane Stocks Greig and Dame Kate Campbell.

jane_stocks_greigDr Stocks Greig (1872-1939) was a public health specialist (photo: left). In 1896 she and her sister Janet helped to found the Queen Victoria Hospital, along with Constance Stone and the other founding members of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society. She helped to improve the health and dental standards of Victorian school children and her administrative positions included membership of the Victorian Baby Health Centres Association and the Council of Public Education.dame_kate_campbell

Paediatrician Dame Kate Campbell was also a graduate of the University of Melbourne medical school. Dame Campbell (photo: right) proved the link between rentrolental fibroplasia (a type of blindness in premature babies) and oxygen levels in humidicribs. She was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in 1971.