Postcard and stamp, Dame Kate Campbell (1899-1986)

1. Australia Post Design Studio
2. Simone Sakinofsky
Commemorative postcard and postage stamp featuring a black and white photograph of Dr Dame Kate Campbell on a blue background. Printed in black ink over both the postcard image and the postage stamp is a black stamp with the outline of a stethoscope and the text "First day of issue 10 April 2012 Healesville VIC 3777".

Dame Kate Campbell, DBE (1899-1986) was a physician and paediatrician and an eminent alumna of the University of Melbourne. After residencies at the Melbourne Hospital, Children's Hospital and (Royal) Women's Hospital, Campbell established a general practice and in 1929 began teaching neonatal paediatrics at the University of Melbourne - the first such appointment in Australia. A pioneer of neonatal intensive care, Campbell's most outstanding contribution in research was in 1951 when she established that excess therapeutic oxygen lay behind acquired retrolental fibroplasia, a condition that could lead to blindness among premature babies. Appointed OBE in 1954, she was elevated to DBE in 1971 for services to the welfare of Australian children.
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paper, ink
14.6 x 10.5 cm
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Gift of Australia Post, 2012
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Medical History Museum Category


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