Helena Teede


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1993 …2023

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Professor Teede holds leadership roles across health care, research and policy including as the Director of Monash Centre for Health Research Implementation, School of Public Health and co-director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering Monash University, an Endocrinologist at Monash Health, and Executive Director of Monash Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

Helena has had an active 20 year academic career supported by NHMRC fellowship funding, in women's health and metabolic health through mechanistic, clinical, health services and public health research and translation into practice and policy. In this field she established and leads an academic cross-disciplinary team of over 150 staff and students at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation. This team focus on women's, childrens and metabolic health and work at the intersection of research, healthcare and education. 

As the Executive Director of Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre, and the inaugural chair and member of the Australian Health Research Alliance across all AHSCs nationally, she is committed to broad stakeholder engagement in research and evidence translation with a passion for delivering better health through research. 

She has leadership roles across healthcare, academic, NGOs and policy. She is or has been a member on multiple international and 13 national NHMRC committees including three principle committees, a member of the Victorian Clinical Council, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and is Past President of National and International Professional Societies.

She is also a strong advocate for advancing women in leadership in healthcare and research and for partnership with the community, patients and carers in research and health service design.


Community service

Professor Teede has a strong focus on community and consumer engagement in research and healthcare improvement. THe Monash Partners community involvement platform is supporting, undertaking research and providing education for researchers and healthcare innovators across Monash Partners AHSC.  

She has completed significant training in leadership including a Williamson Community Leadership Fellowship and has codesigned, delivered and scaled Women in Leadership Capacity Building Programs for over a decade.

Her research is actively translated into guidelines and resources now actively accessed and supporting care in 126 countries internationally. 

Helena has formal media training and actively engages with print radio and TV media to promote awareness and better health.

Other contributions include as a Board member and Clinical Advisor to NGOs and patient advocacy groups. 

Research interests

Professor Teede's research interests focus on women's health during the reproductive years, and on metabolic health including obesity and its endocrine, reproductive and metabolic complications such as PCOS, infertility, pregnancy complications, gestational diabetes and diabetes.

She undertakes large scale international/nationally funded mechanistic, clinical research including randomised controlled trials and pragmatic research, health services and public health research and has a strong focus on translation of evidence into practice for health impact.

She also has a strong interest in health promotion, healthcare improvement and implementation reserch and health service / systems innovation across different settings and populations. Her research has progressed from isolated efficacy studies to broader effectiveness, to leading NHMRC approved evidence based guidelines with active implementation and demonstrated improved clinical outcomes nationally and internationally. She has also translated her work into government funded implementation programs in clinical practice and public health/prevention in Australia and now internationally including into resource poor settings.

Helena also has an interest in advancing women in leadership including research, education and translation of evidence into practice.

Supervision interests

With a PhD in 2001, Helena established a new research unit in 2005 of two to a talented research team of 190 staff, students and affiliates (multidisciplinary team: physicians, paediatricians, psychology, dietetics, exercise physiologists, nurses). Students: 15 PhD, 2MD's and 1 honour completion and currently she supports 6 postdoctoral and 12 PhD students (4 as primary supervisor). Prof Teede is an RACP and Monash University mentor/supervisor and examiner. Former PhD students have returned after postdoctoral experience elsewhere, with several NHMRC funded fellows. Helena provides a supportive environment and a role model/mentor for women and active multidisciplinary clinicians in research. She has student nominated awards for supervision and mentoring including the 2015 Monash University Vice Chancellor award for supervision.

Monash teaching commitment

Undergraduate teaching MBBS
Postgraduate medical training
Postgraduate research training

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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External positions

Honorary Professor of Healthcare Improvement , University of Warwick

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2021

International advisory board member, West Midlands CLARCH

Jan 201731 Dec 2021

Research area keywords

  • Endocrinology
  • Women's Health
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Gestational weight gain
  • Obesity prevention
  • Menopause
  • Leadership Development
  • ealthcare improvement science
  • Public Health


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