Our timeline

Last updated 10 November 2016

Here are some of our key milestones and achievements since we first opened our doors:

Hazel Hawke1992

On 28 May 1992 Mrs Hazel Hawke officially opens the Jean Hailes Menopause Foundation in Clayton, Victoria – a clinic dedicated to women's health at midlife and menopause, named in honour of Dr Jean Hailes AM.


The Jean Hailes Education Unit is set up to translate the latest scientific evidence and medical knowledge into practical, accessible advice for women and their health practitioners.


The Jean Hailes Research Unit, under the direction of Professor Susan Davis, begins original research projects to identify and address gaps in knowledge about women's health. Outcomes of this research are used to inform women's health policy, support health care programs and improve women's lives.


  • The first major international journal article from Jean Hailes is published – a comparative study of treatments for high cholesterol levels in postmenopausal women
  • Federal Health and Family Services Minister, the Hon. Dr Michael Wooldridge MP, announced a $1.5 million three year grant to Jean Hailes to develop a national menopause education program


Jean Hailes begins delivering one day training courses for GPs in Melbourne, Victoria called 'Menopause into the Millennium'.


Jean Hailes launches its national community and professional education program, based on its 'Menopause into the Millennium' training program.


Federal Health and Family Services Minister, the Hon. Dr Michael Wooldridge MP, launches two Jean Hailes publications developed in conjunction with women from Western Australia's Mowanjum community – 'Women's Business' and 'You Gotta Look After Yourself'

First Jean Hailes Magazine - cover2001

Jean Hailes launches its national education magazine. The first magazine features osteoporosis, oestrogen therapy and premature menopause.


Jean Hailes develops an innovative Rural and Remote Midlife Health Resource Kit launched by Cathy McGowan, the then Chair of the Regional Women's Advisory council. Cathy is now the Independent member for Indi. The Kit, including fact sheets, handouts, video and interactive CD ROM helps health professionals in isolated communities deliver information to women at midlife.


Jean Hailes Research Unit is established within Monash University. Professor Helena Teede becomes the first Jean Hailes Professor of Women's Health at Monash. 


Jean Hailes launches a new suite of websites, designed to make it easier for women to find health information relevant to their stage of life and health condition.

  • Jeanhailes.org.au
  • Ageingwell.org.au
  • Bonehealthforlife.org.au
  • Earlymenopause.org.au
  • Endometriosis.org.au
  • Healthforwomen.org.au
  • Managingmenopause.org.au
  • Managingpcos.org.au
  • Education.jeanhailes.org.au


Moving to electronic and online education programs, our first interactive webcast called Life Begins at Menopause is held, using technology to make the latest information about midlife and menopause accessible to women across Australia. Almost 2,000 women access the webcast event. Participants hear from Jean Hailes experts including gynaecologist Dr Elizabeth Farrell AM, psychologist Dr Mandy Deeks and naturopath Ms Sandra Villella, as they speak about menopause symptoms, lifestyle, hormone and herbal therapy options, as well as emotional health and libido issues.


  • The Jean Hailes Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) service is launched. This is a new interdisciplinary model of care for women with PCOS
  • We run our second successful interactive and live webcast event called Making Your 40s Fabulous. Hosted by well-known media personality Dr John D'Arcy, the webcast features sex therapist Dr Rosie King and Jean Hailes' Dr Elizabeth Farrell AM discussing health issues for women in their 40s including what's happening and what's great at this time, contraception and sexual health, libido, painful intercourse, sleep issues, emotional health and ways to improve your health
  • The Jean Hailes Research Unit publishes the results of a Jean Hailes trial – the HeLP-HER study – in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) – the study demonstrates that a simple, low-intensity, community-based lifestyle program can be used to prevent weight gain in new mothers www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c3215


  • On 29 August the Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome is launched in Perth – the culmination of 2 years of rigorous work from the PCOS Australian Alliance comprised of leading Australian PCOS experts from the research, clinical and community sectors, in collaboration with Jean Hailes
  • On 9 September, Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon launches the roll out of a pioneering and extensive translation program designed to improve the lives of the 12-21% of reproductive aged women in Australia living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) 
  • Professor Jane Fisher is appointed as the new Jean Hailes Professor of Women's Mental Health and Deputy Director of the Jean Hailes Research Unit. Jane brings with her considerable clinical psychology and research expertise and brings with her a team of 10, including research students – Jane's appointment sees a greater focus by Jean Hailes on mental health, and mental health research


  • In March 2012, the Victorian Government recognises posthumously the contribution of Dr Jean Hailes, by adding her name to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

"Dr Jean Hailes was a visionary GP who understood that you need both physical and emotional health in order to stay well and to prevent ill health. Her legacy lives on in the clinical care, innovative research and practical education programs undertaken by Jean Hailes for Women's Health today."

The Honourable Mary Woolridge, Minister for Mental Health, Women's Affairs and Community Services

  • Vale Professor David Healy (1948-2012)
    The Board, staff, clinicians, researchers and patients at Jean Hailes for Women's Health are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor David Healy. Professor Healy was a Founding Board Member of Jean Hailes for Women's Health.

    He carved out a distinguished career, graduating from Monash University with an MBBS (Hons) in 1973 and a PhD in 1979. He was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Applied Health Science Fellow, NICHD National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland USA 1982-1983 and he was the first obstetrician and gynaecologist to be awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellowship, Medical Research Centre, Prince Henry's Hospital and Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University 1985-1989. David was Chairman and Professor, Monash University Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 1995-2012, and President, International Federation of Fertility Societies 2010-2012.

    Professor Healy's areas of interest included prolactin, inhibin biology in reproduction and ovarian cancer, antiprogesterones, infertility management (particularly IVF), endometriosis and fibroids, among other things. Professor David Healy was an exceptional doctor who championed the reproductive rights of women. He was a visionary leader and a passionate believer in a woman's right to access and receive first class medical care and evidence-based information, as a way to help her make informed decisions around treatment options.
  • Professor Jane Fisher takes over from Professor Helena Teede as director of research.
  • Professor Jane Fisher joins Rafael Epstein in a weekly segment on ABC 774 called Life and Other Catastrophes.
  • Our third webcast Fifty Shades of Midlife: menopause, mood & more is a great success, reaching an approximate audience of 2,500 live on the night, (both individually at home or as part of a community group session) as well as becoming an ongoing online resource with over 1,000 views in the month following the webcast  – speakers include Jean Hailes experts Dr Elizabeth Farrell, Professor Jane Fisher and Sandra Villella, together with sex educator Maureen Matthews and well-known media GP Dr Sally Cockburn


  • Janet Michelmore inducted into the 2013 Victorian Honour Roll of Women
    In March 2013 Jean Hailes Director Janet Michelmore AO is inducted into the 2013 Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her role as a passionate educator and advocate for improving women's health, steering a dedicated team of researchers, clinicians and educators at Jean Hailes over 21 years. The award is presented jointly by the outgoing Minister for Women's Affairs, and current Minister for Mental Health, Community Services and Disability Services and Reform, the Hon. Mary Wooldridge; the newly-appointed Minister for Women's Affairs, Minister for the Arts and Consumer Affairs Mrs Heidi Victoria; and the Honourable Premier Dr Denis Napthine. The Victorian Honour Roll of Women is an annual award that recognises the great achievements and extraordinary contributions of inspirational women in the Victorian community. Since its launch in 2001 more than 500 women have been inducted onto the Honour Roll.
  • Launch of PCOS booklet for Aboriginal women 
    Also in March, Jean Hailes launches a new resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Developed in collaboration with the Aboriginal Women's Health Business Unit at the Royal Women's Hospital, Yarning about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a first of its kind resource, addressing a significant gap in the availability of evidence-based resources on PCOS, specifically adapted for A&TSI women. The booklet is launched at the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre as part of Close the Gap Day activities and includes addresses by The Hon Nicola Roxon MP and a special welcome to country by Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di Kerr. The booklet is part of an extensive PCOS translational program developed by Jean Hailes and is designed to improve the lives of the 12-21% of reproductive aged women in Australia living with PCOS. The program has already produced a general resource and one aimed at women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • New online resource for Indigenous health workers
    Jean Hailes launches a new online health information hub for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. Developed with the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH), the new resource provides health workers with access to evidence-based key information about a variety of women's reproductive life stages.
  • Womens Health Week 2013
    Jean Hailes launches its inaugural Women's Health Week (2-6 September), with many online and community events taking place across the country attracting the support of key organisations, high profile ambassadors, businesses, sporting and media groups – over 6,000 people register to take part in the online activities, with many more participating in over 200 community events, as well as the inaugural launch held at Federation Square, Melbourne
  • Anxiety, Learn, Think, Do a new anxiety website portal for women is launched on 29th November by the Honourable Senator Michaelia Cash – this new resource provides women of all ages with information on anxiety, tools to assess levels of anxiety, videos and podcasts on anxiety and a toolkit with over 12 different ways to help with anxiety
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