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Biographical entry Jacobs, Donald Stanley (Don) (1936 - 2000)

29 December 1936
6 November 2000
Physician and Health worker


Donald Stanley (Don) Jacobs was a pioneer in the community health fields of Aboriginal health, infectious and sexually transmitted diseases. After several years working in Victorian hospitals and as a general practitioner, he moved to the Darwin Hospital. Jacobs spent two years there but remained in the Northern Territory for a total of nineteen years. While there he worked for the Aerial Medical Service, researched infectious and tropical diseases and fought strongly to improve the health of aboriginal children. Many of these children suffered greatly from malnutrition and illness resulting in unacceptably high death rate. Jacobs was instrumental in unifying local resources by establishing the Aboriginal Health Workers Program. He was appointed Director of the Northern Territory's health services from 1975 to 1983. Jacobs returned to Melbourne in 1983 and joined the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre of which he was a Director at the time of his death. He was an inaugural member then honorary life member and Fellow of the College of Sexual Health Physicians.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the University of Melbourne
1960 - 1964
Career position - Residencies at the Alfred and Footscray hospitals and private practice in Mentone, Victoria
1964 - c. 1981
Career position - Practiced in Darwin
Career position - Studied infectious and sexually transmitted diseases in India
Education - Graduate Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics completed at the University of Sydney
Career position - Studied malaria in Malaysia
1975 - 1983
Career position - Director of Northern Territory health services
Education - Graduate Diploma of Venereology completed in London
1983 -
Career position - Member of the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
Career position - Studied infectious and sexually transmitted diseases in India

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