John Billings

John Billings (1918 – 2007) neurologist, fertility educator
Dr Billings was head of the neurology department of St Vincent’s Hospital, the clinical dean of its clinical school at the University of Melbourne and, from the late 1960s, the hospital’s consulting neurologist.  But the work for which he was most famous began in 1953, when he was approached by the Catholic Church’s Catholic Marriage Guidance Bureau to devise a method for couples to regulate their fertility.


Dr Billings, with his wife Dr Evelyn Billings pioneered the Billings Ovulation Method in the 1950s, a system that helps women to identify their fertile and non-fertile states based on their menstrual cycle.

Dr Billings, a neurologist who served with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) as a doctor in New Guinea during World War II, studied in London following the war but returned to practice in Melbourne.

He later became the head of the neurology department of St Vincent’s Hospital, the clinical dean of its clinical school at the University of Melbourne and, from the late 1960s until recent years, the hospital’s consulting neurologist.

But the work for which he was most famous began in 1953, when he was approached by the Catholic Church’s Catholic Marriage Guidance Bureau to devise a method for couples to regulate their fertility.

Dr Billings and his wife have since spent more than 50 years researching fertility, and establishing WOOMB (The World Organisation Ovulation Method Billings International) in Melbourne as the centre for research and teaching the method around the world.
WOOMB director Marian Corkill said the Billings Method was taught in more than 100 countries including China, where it was the only natural fertility method accepted by the Government.

“His work was incredibly important, it has had a global effect.

“Australia has given people around the world a much greater understanding of fertility and it has given couples the opportunity to use that knowledge in a natural way to achieve or avoid pregnancy.”

Dr Billings travelled the world to establish teaching centres and train teachers to educate women and couples about the method.

He was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1991 and also won a Papal knighthood for his work.

Source : http://www.news.com.au/top-stories/billings-method-founder-dies/story-e6frfkp9-1111113271536#ixzz1NghNmz6l

The Billings Ovulation Method
http://www.billingslife.org/index.html
http://www.billings-ovulation-method.org.au/act/actindex.shtml

John and Evelyn Billings
https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/john-and-evelyn-billings

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