Biographical entry Stang, Eleanor Margrethe (1894 - 1978)
- 1 June 1894
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
- 18 July 1978
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Alternative Names
- Stang, Rita (Also known as)
Rita Stang was medical officer of schools in the Western Australian Public Health Department from 1925, and supervisor of infant health in Western Australia from 1929, until her retirement in 1955. She worked to improve hygiene and children's diets and put many measures into place to assist families in isolated areas with mothercraft.
Educated University of Melbourne (degree in medicine 1918), Diploma of Public Health 1927. Practised at Port Fairy and resident medical officer at Melbourne public hospitals, medical officer of schools in the Western Australian Public Health Department 1925-55, experience in London 1928, supervisor of infant health in Western Australia 1929-55, locum tenens and ship's doctor in Victoria after her retirement in 1955. Introduced the Oslo Lunch, gave weekly radio talks and wrote press articles, and founded the Eleanor M. Stang Infant Health Centre in Perth. Examiner for the University of Western Australia and a lecturer in hygiene at the Teachers' Training College, Claremont.
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