Medical Director & Board Member
Elizabeth is a gynaecologist and the Medical Director of Jean Hailes for Women's Health.
In 2009, Elizabeth was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the field of women's health, particularly obstetrics and gynaecology.
As a founder of Jean Hailes, it has been important to Elizabeth to continue Jean Hailes' legacy and honour her determination to acknowledge the importance of optimising women's health in an increasingly complex world. Elizabeth believes the power of Jean Hailes for Women's Health is its multidisciplinary structure.
Elizabeth worked at Queen Victoria Hospital and Prince Henry's Hospital, which formed the Monash Medical Centre, where she was appointed Head of the Menopause Unit. She served patients for more than 30 years across the three organisations. Elizabeth now consults at the Jean Hailes Medical Centres in East Melbourne and Clayton. She also consults at a monthly clinic at the Foster and Toora Medical Centre, Foster.
Elizabeth enjoys being a role model for younger professional women, encouraging them to find a passion in their work and provide healthcare and education for our community. She finds working with women a profound privilege.
Elizabeth visits Mongolia each year with a multidisciplinary group of health professionals, teaching, lecturing and providing clinical services, including surgery. The group has established a fellowship funded by Epworth Freemasons to bring two doctors to Australia for three months each year. Jean Hailes for Women's Health provides clinical attachments across our disciplines. In 2018 Elizabeth was appointed Visiting Professor, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences.
Endometriosis: back to basics
Jean Hailes gynaecologist and Medical Director, Dr Elizabeth Farrell gives a brief overview of the symptoms, management and treatment options for endometriosis.