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Biographical entry Morris, Emanuel Sydney (1888 - 1957)

22 October 1888
Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia
31 August 1957
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Medical practitioner


Emanuel Morris was a public health administrator and medical practitioner whose main focus was the implementation of sound, professional measures of national hygiene. In 1924 he was director of the maternal and baby health services in Sydney, focussing his attention on reducing infant and maternal mortality, improved midwifery training and the integration of private and public health services. He was responsible for a greatly expanded baby health care system and, in rural areas, the cooperation of the Country Women's Association. As a long-serving Member of the National Health and Medical Research Council, Morris advocated reforms in the delivery of health services. In 1941, on his recommendation, the New South Wales Government combined all public health administration in one department. He was, however, not appointed to head this new Department but remained President of the Board of Health and served on a number of medical boards.



Education - MB, University of Sydney
Education - ChM, University of Sydney
1913 - 1915
Career position - Junior Medical Officer, Hospitals for the Insane, Victoria
1915 -
Career position - Medical Superintendent, Hospital for the Insane, New Norfolk, Tasmania
1918 - 1919
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Forces
Education - Diploma in Public Health, University of Sydney
1920 - 1924
Career position - Chief Health Officer, Tasmania
1924 - 1934
Career position - Senior Medical Officer and Director of Maternal and Baby Health
Education - MD, University of Sydney
Career position - President, Royal Sanitary Institute in New South Wales
1934 - 1937
Career position - Director General of Health, New South Wales Board of Health
1936 - 1952
Career position - Member, National Health and Medical Research Council
1937 - 1952
Career position - President, New South Wales Board of Health
Award - Fellow, Royal Sanitary Institute in New South Wales
1938 - 1957
Career position - Founding Member, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Life event - Retired

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