The Racial Hygiene Association of New South Wales was an Australian based association founded in 1926 by Lillie GoodissonGoodisson, Lillie Elizabeth (1860? - 1947) Biographical Entry - Australian Dictionary of Biography Online and Ruby Rich of the Women's Reform League. The association was originally known as the Racial Improvement Society until 1928.Family Planning NSW: News: Announcements: 80 years of Family PlanningEugenics in Australia It is now known as Family Planning NSW.Family Planning NSW: News: Announcements: 80 years of Family Planning
The association was involved in promoting sex education, preventing and eradicating venereal disease and the education of the public in eugenics. Goodisson served as general secretary for the association. She advocated the selective breeding of future generations for the elimination of hereditary disease and defects and campaigned unsuccessfully for the segregation and sterilization of the mentally deficient and for the introduction of pre-marital health examinations. Although Goodisson campaigned for her association's eugenics goals, her own interest in the topic is not clear; her main interests were in contraception and politics.
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