In the 1960s Dr Basil Hetzel led research that identified the link between iodine deficiency and brain damage in unborn children. The second half of his life was consumed with his efforts as a public health campaigner working towards the global prevention of this problem. He was involved with the establishment of the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD, now the Iodine Global Network), a non-profit, non-government organisation for the sustainable elimination of iodine deficiency worldwide. Dr Hetzel spent most of his life in Adelaide, and served as Chancellor of the University of South Australia from 1992 to 1998. He was a patron of the University’s Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.
This collection provides a consolidated record of the distinguished contribution by Dr Basil Hetzel to public health, both national and international, including his contribution to the elimination of iodine deficiency disorders through the work of the ICCIDD. The collection contains reports, correspondence, programs, conference proceedings, journal articles, meeting notes, photographs and other documents.
The collection is located in the David Murray Library at City East campus. Information on the contents of the collection can be found by searching the UniSA Archival Collections, and digital copies of selected items can be viewed. For further information or access to the collection, please email the EASS Library Services Team.