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Prof Helen Elizabeth O'Connell
Western Health, University of Melbourne

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Helen O'Connell

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Professor Helen O’Connell is the Chair of the Local Organising Committee for ICS Melbourne 2021. An academic Urologist based in Melbourne, our LOC will provide an excellent meeting - an experience for attendees and members that it is welcoming, motivating, insight-provoking - one that can't help but cause multidisciplinary friendships and networks. The vision is to combine that with a week in the cultural and knowledge capital of Australia and the holiday of a lifetime. Melbourne is : a feast for the eyes, home of fabulous food and wine, easily explored on foot or by free tram.

Start planning your trip to one of our international airports - Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney and of course Melbourne. Most cities have direct connections to major Asian cities and there are now direct flights from Europe, North and South Americas. We will build a great meeting regardless of the status of COVID19 late in 2021. The meeting will be a great celebration bring ICI to Melbourne, the PPCS, the FUS section of USANZ/ ICS 2021 is a partnership with Continence Foundation of Australia who will forego an independent meeting in 2021 to strengthen our mutual interests. A Prevention of Maternal Childbirth Trauma Summit will be held on the 15th October providing a legacy of high level resolutions from key global organisations celebrated with a public forum.

Professor O'Connell was the first female Urologist in Australia and New Zealand, completing training in Melbourne in 1993 followed by a Fellowship in Female and Functional Urology in Houston, USA in 1994-5. Her doctoral studies in female pelvic anatomy have achieved international renown leading to significant conceptual changes in both medical and lay literature. Her Master of Medicine in Women's health study was Conservative Management of Urge incontinence. Completed in 1989, it has led to several decades of clinical and academic work improving continence care. Her undergraduate training and higher degrees have been obtained at the University of Melbourne where she became Professor in 2013 and Head of Department of Urology and Surgery in 2016.

In 2014 Professor O'Connell became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, completing its diploma in 2011 whilst a director for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. In 2019 she led a successful Australian Government bid to establish the Australasian Pelvic Floor Procedure Registry to improve the outcomes associated with mesh SUI and POP implantation and explantation procedures. A collaborative effort with Monash University Registries, the Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health Care, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the pilot module will go live in late 2020.

Prof Helen Elizabeth O'Connell declared on the Friday 26th February 2021 that they had the following existing or known future financial relationships or affiliations:


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