Our timeline

Last updated 06 June 2017

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
  • A tool for health professionals to help guide diagnosis and management of PCOS
    A new addition to the Jean Hailes suite of practice support tools is the PCOS health professional tool (originally named the PCOS GP tool). The tool serves as a guide to comprehensive management of this complex condition and highlighting key considerations such as emotional health, lifestyle, cardiometabolic health, weight management and fertility.


  • New Jean Hailes website launched
    On 29 April, the new Jean Hailes website is successfully launched after an extensive redevelopment process. The previous eight topic-focused Jean Hailes suite of websites are now unified and represented under the one Jean Hailes banner: jeanhailes.org.au. The new website brings to life the Jean Hailes brand and visual identity, and the online content meets the new best-practice translation model of core business.
  • Collie Foundation grant: 'How to look after you' brochure & Multilingual resources
    Jean Hailes partners with the InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence to develop a practical and easy-to-understand brochure to help women from all cultures to think about their physical and mental health in the context of family relationships and experiences settling into Australia. 'How to look after you' is made available in English, Arabic, Dari, Indian (Punjabi), Simplified Chinese, Tamil and Vietnamese, thanks to generous funding from the Collie Foundation.
    Also with support from the Collie Foundation, Jean Hailes conducts a three-year research project into better understanding the unique health information needs of migrant groups. The project results in a range of culturally relevant fact sheets and resources on endometriosis, healthy living, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause in a wide variety of languages and freely available for download and distribution.
  • Menopause health professional tool developed
    Previously known as the Menopause algorithm, the Menopause health professional tool is improved and updated. This evidence-based practice support tool for health professionals covers the phases of menopause, common symptoms, routine screening, hormone replacement therapy candidates, special considerations, bone health and emotional wellbeing. It is one of our most popular resources and tops our website downloads.
  • Professor Henry Burger AO awarded honorary doctorate
    Inaugural patron and Founding Board Member of Jean Hailes, Professor Henry Burger AO, is awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Monash University in recognition of his outstanding career in medical research and contribution to women's health. 
  • Women's Health Week 2014: positive change starts with confidence
    Building awareness of the connection between women's confidence and their health is the focus of the second annual Jean Hailes Women's Health Week. High-profile Women's Health Week ambassadors include: Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash, the Minister for Women; Deborah Hutton, TV presenter; Elizabeth Cambage, Australian professional basketball player; and Shelley Ware, presenter on NITV's Marngrook Footy Show.  More than 8000 people register for the online event, while more than 3700 attend on-the-ground events around the country. 


  • Jean Hailes and Monash University launch a parenting blog and app backed by 10-year research program
    In an Australian first, Jean Hailes launches two new online tools designed to reduce postnatal mental disorders in new parents. The What Were We Thinking! app and blog are based on the findings of a 10-year research study and, uniquely, are to help both mothers and fathers: the blog encourages both parents to share their experiences and the app is focused on building their skills and confidence.
  • New health professional online learning platform developed
    Jean Hailes launches a new-look webinar library with key features for improved user experience. The overview page of the webinar library displays all webinars available, includes a search function and separate tabs for presenter information, chapters and related resources.
    Also added to our suite of health professionals' continuing professional development activities are Active Learning Modules (ALMs). ALMs contain a minimum of 6 hours of structured learning and quality education opportunities and are aimed at achieving changes in performance, knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes. 'Managing menopause: Weighing up the evidence' and 'Diagnosis and management of polycystic ovary syndrome' are the first two ALMs to be released, with a third ALM, 'Fertility, infertility and preconception care', to be released in November 2015. 
  • New Medical Centre announced in partnership with Epworth Freemasons
    In June, Jean Hailes opens a new clinic in East Melbourne in partnership with Epworth Freemasons. Called Jean Hailes at Epworth Freemasons, the clinic is located at 412 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. We are thrilled to be helping more women and expanding our reach in the community. 
  • Jean Hailes' Janet Michelmore honoured by Monash University
    Executive director Janet Michelmore is awarded a Monash University Fellowship. The Fellowship is awarded to alumni who make significant contributions to the community. 
  • Women's Health Survey 2015: identifying gaps in women's health
    For the first time, Jean Hailes conducts a national women's health survey. The survey asks women and health professionals across Australia about their health concerns, information needs and factors that stop women from being the healthiest they can be. 
    More than 3300 people complete the online survey: 2798 women aged between 18-87 years and 527 health professionals. The comprehensive results offers unique insights into women across the nation, and is the first of its kind in Australia. 
    The findings from the survey form the basis for the 2015 Women's Health Week and the theme 'What do women want to know?'. Jean Hailes also uses the survey data to advance conversations with policy makers, community leaders and health professionals.
    Jean Hailes acknowledges the generous support of the Eirene Lucas Foundation to develop and promote this nationally important survey.
  • Women's Health Week 2015: what do women want to know?
    The 2015 Women's Health Week is an enormous success. More than 10,000 people register for the online event, 209 on-the-ground events are registered throughout Australia, there are over 30,000 visits to the Women's Health Week website and 14,200 elephant stress balls are distributed all around the country. 
    As informed by our Women's Health Survey, topics covered in the online campaign are natural therapies, violence against women, mental health, heart health and healthy living. 
  • Dr Mandy Deeks appointed as Jean Hailes deputy CEO
    In December, Dr Mandy Deeks is appointed deputy CEO of the organisation to strengthen day-to-day leadership at Jean Hailes for Women's Health. She also retains the position of Head of Translation, Education & Communication.


  • Jean Hailes kicks off the year by launching an online hub for workplaces
    In January, Jean Hailes unveils a new online hub for workplaces. With features such as a news & research page, free resources that foster employee health, as well as information on Jean Hailes' tailored services, campaigns and events, the Workplace Hub aims to engage workforces with our expert health solutions and give employers and employees the tools to make health decisions that are right for them.
  • Research finds Jean Hailes' new parents program reduces post-natal mental disorders dramatically
    Published in March in BMJ Open, new research from Jean Hailes Research Unit (JHRU) at Monash University shows that postnatal mental health problems can be reduced by up to two-thirds through the Jean Hailes innovative program for new parents, What Were We Thinking!.
  • Essential help for women with endometriosis: Victorian State Government funding
    In March, Victorian Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, announces the State Government will provide $100,000 to Jean Hailes to develop essential new resources for endometriosis. These tools and resources for women and health professionals will help improve diagnosis time, treatment and management of the condition.
  • Jean Hailes animation helps girls and women of all ages and cultures understand their periods
    After a series of focus groups and discussions with clinicians around Australia, Jean Hailes identifies a gap in understanding of the menstrual cycle among some multicultural communities and adolescents. 
    In April, Jean Hailes releases an innovative new animation that helps women of all ages and cultures understand what happens in their body during a menstrual cycle. 
  • Jean Hailes YouTube channel launched
    In April 2016, the Jean Hailes YouTube channel is launched, providing a central online hub for the many educational and entertaining videos we have produced over the years, and a sister channel to our Vimeo collection. The videos on both Vimeo and YouTube are organised according to various playlists – Health A-Z, Jean Hailes Kitchen, Women's Health Week and more, and visitors can subscribe to stay in the loop about new additions.
    Explore the Jean Hailes YouTube channel or Vimeo channel.
  • New location for Jean Hailes at Epworth Freemasons Medical Centre
    The new Jean Hailes at Epworth Freemasons premises, at 412 Victoria Parade in East Melbourne, is opened. The specially-designed clinic is staffed with leading experts in women's health.
  • Government announces Jean Hailes as the national digital gateway for women's health
    On 9 September, Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley visits the Jean Hailes office in South Melbourne to announce Jean Hailes for Women's Health will receive $8.25 million in government funding until 2019, to become the national digital gateway for women's health and wellbeing. 
  • Women's Health Survey 2016: unique insights into women's health
    Jean Hailes conducts the second annual Women's Health Survey, to understand the health information needs and behaviours of women living in Australia. The survey is completed by 3035 women from all over Australia and many different backgrounds, as well as 201 health professionals. 
    The survey reveals women's top five health concerns, what women are keen to know more about and what health professionals think women don't understand. The release of the survey results sees Jean Hailes reach millions of Australians through newspaper, television and online news stories. 
  • Women's Health Week 2016: am I normal?
    The fourth annual Jean Hailes Women's Health Week kicks off in September with our first ever national Women's Health Week webcast, 'What's normal when it comes to women's health?'. More than 1000 people register for the event to watch live online, or to view on playback later in the week. 
    Record numbers of participants are reached during Women's Health Week 2016. Over 620 women's health events are held in communities all across Australia with more than 23,000 participants, while more than 12,500 people subscribe to the online event. The online campaign focuses on five topics: what's normal; body image; healthy weight; worry and anxiety; and sex.
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