What we do


Jean Hailes for Women's Health was created to provide women with information, knowledge and clinical care to assist them to actively manage their own health and wellbeing throughout the whole of their life. We are dedicated to prevention of illness and improving women’s knowledge and understanding of important health issues from adolescence to midlife and beyond.

We translate the latest scientific and medical evidence in order to inspire positive change in women. In addition, the organisation has become a leading entity for the provision of evidence-based women’s health knowledge for the health industry.

Jean Hailes is regarded throughout Australia as a leader in women's healthcare.

Our aim is to inspire confidence to create a healthier future for all women.

Jean Hailes is governed by an independent Board of Directors and comprises three business units: The Jean Hailes Medical Centre, Translation and Education Unit, and a Research Unit in partnership with Monash University.

It is the link between these three arms – clinical care, research and education – that places Jean Hailes in a league of its own in women's healthcare. Our strength lies in the integration of a team of internationally recognised clinicians, researchers and educators.

Clinical care

The Jean Hailes Medical Centre has a reputation as a ‘centre of excellence’ in women’s healthcare. 

Our commitment is to the individual health needs of all women across the lifespan, focusing on careful assessment, education, support and management options that enable women to be actively involved in making informed choices about their own health care. Preventive health care, promoting healthier lifestyles and providing women with options regarding their own health management is important to us.

The Jean Hailes Medical Centre offers many services including women’s health checks and consultations on issues such as menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, gynaecological and hormone problems, pelvic pain, incontinence, depression, anxiety and sexual problems. Appointments can be made with one of our specially trained women’s health general practitioners (GPs), gynaecologists, endocrinologists (hormone specialist), psychologists, naturopath, physiotherapist or dietitian. We also run a specialist PCOS clinic service and conduct colposcopies (the close examination of a woman’s cervix using a special microscope called a colposcope).

At the Jean Hailes Medical Centre we work alongside the Jean Hailes Education & Translation and Research Units to ensure the most up-to-date information is available to women, our clinicians and the community.

Research

The Jean Hailes Research Unit (JHRU), headed by Professor Jane Fisher, is a unique partnership between Monash University and Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. It is based at the Alfred Hospital campus of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

Our approach

The JHRU adopts a lifespan approach to understanding women’s lives. We consider women’s health within a social model of health, underscored by an appreciation of gender, so men and children are included in research as integral to the context of women’s lives.

Our researchers come from diverse backgrounds in the social and biological sciences including psychology, gender studies, nursing, psychiatry, biostatistics, education, human biology, health promotion and implementation science. This ensures our research crosses disciplines and the breadth of women’s lives.

With expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research, and evaluation methods, our researchers are involved in investigations of health problems and health services and in developing and testing novel interventions in collaborative local and international projects.

All research undertaken by the Research Unit complies with the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and is approved by a formally constituted Human Research Ethics Committee.

Current research at Jean Hailes

  • Mental health promotion – in pregnant women and women who have recently given birth
  • Fertility management in Australia
  • The implications of breast cancer and its treatment - especially for reproductive and sexual mental health
  • Women’s mental health in poorer countries – particularly during adolescence and in the perinatal period

For more information on our research go to research projects or publications.  

Collaborations and research partnerships

The JHRU has strong strategic and collaborative relationships with a range of partners and organisations such as The Royal Women’s Hospital Victoria, Family Planning Victoria and Melbourne IVF. This approach enables us to expand our reach of sharing important health messages for women and improved health outcomes for women everywhere.

Prospective students

The JHRU welcomes prospective students, and supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students. You can find out more information about available projects and how to apply here.

Translation, Education & Communications

We believe that one of the most important roles for Jean Hailes is to turn complex evidence into knowledge and easy to understand information so that women have the confidence to make decisions about their health in partnership with their doctor. We call this ‘translation’.

The Jean Hailes Model of Translation is the process of converting research, evidence, knowledge and clinical care into information and education resources and programs to meet the needs of diverse audiences, including women, health professionals, policy makers, other researchers and community groups. We assist women to make informed, evidence-based decisions about their health management.

The Jean Hailes translation and education goal is to create momentum for positive behavior change that results in better health outcomes. We believe that health promotion and disease prevention messages must be easily accessible to all women. Jean Hailes develops, delivers and distributes multiple innovative and easy to understand resources, programs, services and professional development across Australia.

The Jean Hailes difference is the way we approach health and wellbeing. We do this by acknowledging that women are not simply the sum total of their illnesses, but of their wellness, life experiences, culture and expectations. Our strategies focus on addressing complex conditions, lifestyle risk factors and disease prevention using the right medium and language that respects women’s cultural sensitivities.

By focusing on gaps where limited effective information and/or resources currently exist in Australia, we aim to give women and their health professionals’ the knowledge, understanding and confidence to live healthy lives in areas that are often little understood and are under resourced such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis for example.

Drawing upon some of the finest educators, researchers and clinicians in this country our approach is one of collaboration and developing links with organisations from the community, health professional and corporate sectors.

Translation for women and communities

Each year Jean Hailes’ interaction with the community continues to grow nationally. Education is offered via a range of channels, recognising that learning styles differ from person to person including:

  • face-to-face and online education seminars throughout Australia
  • distribution of hard copy and online health information resources
  • an extensive website covering a range of evidence based women’s health information
  • email updates
  • videos
  • podcasts
  • quizzes
  • social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and shared information through blogging
  • media commentary
  • Women’s Health Week

The planning of larger seminars, which are delivered across Australia, involves the development of partnerships with local community health organisations, especially in rural and remote communities. Jean Hailes is committed to supporting these local communities, ensuring women in the community have the opportunity to become familiar with their local health and support services to assist with their future health needs.

Translation for Health Professionals

Jean Hailes is a provider of choice of high quality, evidence-based, specialist women’s health learning opportunities for health professionals. 

The education is provided at no cost with many of the activities accredited with peak bodies for the awarding of continuous development points.  Education is needs driven, both in general women’s health conditions and in areas of unmet need such as PCOS, endometriosis and menopause.  We optimise access for metro, rural and regional health professionals across Australia and continue to provide multiple opportunities for education:

  • Interactive webcasts with national reach providing direct access to women’s health specialists
  • A content rich website
  • Regular email subscription newsletters
  • Face-to-face and web-based health seminars delivered by specialists
  • Conference presentations
  • Clinical updates in health professional journals and professional publications
  • Online learning modules
  • Partnerships with online education providers such as ThinkGP
  • Training programs for international medical graduates
  • Clinical supervision
  • Telehealth specialist guidance 

In addition, universal access is provided to clinical practice support information and tools such as algorithms, GP assessment and management tools and patient information including fact sheets and consumer booklets.

Women’s Health Week

Jean Hailes is proud to have run the first ever Women’s Health Week in Australia, which took place from September 2-6, 2013, with online activities and community events across the country.

Women’s Health Week aims to encourage women to take the time to focus on their health and wellbeing. The theme for the inaugural year was ‘What’s Your Health Pledge?’ and for 2014 it is ‘Building confidence in a healthier you’.

Watch the highlights of our first ever Women’s Health Week

2013 Key highlights:

  • Over 6,000 people registered for the inaugural Women’s Health Week
  • Over 1,000 people pledged to make one small difference to their health
  • Our inaugural launch event at Federation Square, Melbourne, saw 1,000 health show bags, hundreds of bottles of water and pieces of fruit given to passers by
  • A total of 44 partners supported the inaugural year
  • 19 passionate ambassadors took part, from areas as diverse as sport, business, community, media, health and public figures
  • Over 200 women’s health events in communities around Australia including Jabiru, NT; Rockingham, WA; Dubbo, NSW; Waikerie, SA; Toowoomba, Qld; Wanniassa, ACT; and Mallacoota, Vic
  • Towns including Kaniva, Dunolly and Foster in Vicotria, as well as Bunbury and Geraldton in WA, organised health events for each day of Women’s Health Week
  • Lots of exciting and varied health events were held including pelvic floor and core strengthening sessions, Pilates, Zumba, health checks, walk followed by picnic lunch, cappuccino dash, fitness assessments, self-care, golf, pamper sessions, yoga, Tai Chi, pot luck dinner, group exercise, luncheons, expos, nutrition for pregnancy, morning teas, mindfulness and meditation, and more!
  • Curves around Australia – one of our inaugural partners – held over 70 events nationally

Stay tuned for Women’s Health Week 2014, from September 1-5 – www.womenshealthweek.com.au

Help us create a healthier future for all women in Australia