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What we do

We translate the latest scientific and medical evidence in order to inspire positive change in women. Jean Hailes has become a leader in producing and delivering evidence-based women's health knowledge to 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.

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Jean Hailes is governed by an independent Board of Directors and comprises four pillars: public health and education; research; policy; and clinical services.

It is the link between these four arms 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.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health Strategy 2019–2023

We work in a public health, research, clinical service and policy ecosystem that is shared with many others.

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Clinical services

Jean Hailes Medical Centres provide high quality care for women with two well established clinics in Melbourne, Victoria.

Our commitment is to the individual health needs of women through every life stage. We focus on careful assessment, education, support and management options that help 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.

Jean Hailes Medical Centres 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 Centres we work alongside the other units to ensure the most up-to-date information is available to women, our clinicians and the community.

Public health and education

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 relevant to their needs in partnership with their doctor.

Our Public Health & Education unit converts 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

One of the core Jean Hailes’ goals is to create momentum for positive behaviour 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.

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:

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 webinars 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.

We provide free clinical practice support information and tools such as algorithms, GP assessment and management tools and patient information including fact sheets and consumer booklets.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2019–2023 - read more about what we do and how we do it.

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Research partnerships

Collaborations and research partnerships

Jean Hailes for Women's Health has strong strategic and collaborative relationships with a range of partners and organisations such as Monash University, George Institute for Global Health and Heart Foundation. This approach enables us to expand our reach of sharing important health messages for women and improved health outcomes for women everywhere.

Jean Hailes is a collaborator on a number of NHMRC Partnership Grants and Centres of Excellence. We are included as the knowledge exchange partner and work closely with the chief investigators to inform health professionals and the public about their research findings.

Current Partnerships:

  • Jane Fisher, Monash University
  • Susan Davis, Monash University
  • Danielle Mazza, Monash University
  • Gita Mishra, University of Queensland
  • The George Institute.

All research in which we are involved complies with the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 and the Australian NHMRC Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

Learn more about our research.

Women's Health Week

In 2013, realising that there was no event dedicated to women's health in Australia, Jean Hailes for Women's Health ran the very first national Women's Health Week. Thousands of women across Australia subscribed to take part in a week of online activities, videos, resources and information.

The event continues to grow nationally and we now provide health information and free resources to support thousands of event organisers Australia-wide.

We are proud that this event attracts the support of organisations, high profile ambassadors, businesses, community, sporting and media groups across the country.

Women's Health Week is now a permanent feature on the Australian calendar taking place in the first week of September.