Who we are

Last updated 01 December 2016

Jean Hailes for Women's Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the knowledge of women's health throughout the various stages of their lives, and to provide a trusted world-class health service for women.

We combine research, clinical care and practical education for women and health professionals. Our key point of difference is the translation and dissemination of research and medical evidence into easy to understand health information delivered in multiple ways to suit our audiences.

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

Founded in 1992 in honour of an extraordinary medical practitioner, Dr Jean Hailes, Jean Hailes for Women's Health reflects the enduring legacy that she made to women's health. Jean had a far-sighted vision to improve the quality of women's lives and give them practical information based on the best available evidence. She is credited with being the pioneer of menopause management in Australia.

Our vision

We believe in physical and emotional health and wellbeing in all its dimensions for all women in Australia throughout their lives.

Our guiding ethics

The mission of Jean Hailes is to be a world-class health service for women; working through research, clinical practice, translation and education to:

  • give women reliable and clear information to help them understand their health and the options and choices available
  • encourage women to take preventive steps to improve their health and wellbeing
  • respect the concerns, needs and choices of women
  • build partnerships with key groups to solve complex health problems and provide the care and information women need
  • improve service responses to women in Australia in sought-after yet under-represented areas, emphasising complex conditions, lifestyle factors and disease prevention
  • develop evidence-based guidelines and frameworks for the management of women's health, with particular attention to specific groups including older women, rural women, Indigenous women, and women from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • educate healthcare professionals in the prevention, early detection and management of illness experienced by women
  • support evidence-based practice by general practitioners and other health professionals working with women and their families

Why women's health?

Jean Hailes recognises that women and men have different biology and experience different health issues (both physically and mentally) throughout their lives.

Historically, women specific health issues were not well understood both by health professionals and society in general. The attitudes of the past in relation to issues such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or menopause were 'not to discuss it' and simply just 'put up with it'.

Historically also, most research was conducted on male participants and it was often assumed that what worked for men, would work the same way for women. Now we know that not only do women respond differently to the same treatments given to men, they can even have different symptoms of the same illness and disease. In addition, there are many diseases and conditions that affect women, such as cancer of the uterus or ovaries, pregnancy, endometriosis and menopause which require specific research, evidence and effective translation of this evidence into easy to understand information and resources.

Jean Hailes for Women's Health focuses on the issues that affect women at various stages of their lives, taking into account the diversity of women, their background, culture, where they live and what services they have access to. 

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