Suite 12,  Private Medical Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, VIC, Australia, 3052

phone: +613 9347 9911 - fax: +613 9347 5960

Email: Helen.O'


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West CE, Norris B, Challacombe BJ, Whishaw M, O'connell H, Dowling C (2010)
The cost, efficacy and safety of intravesical botulinum toxin in an Australian setting.
BJU Int 105:35-6.

Furness J; Pontell L, Ferens D; Bramich N; McKeon B; O’Connell H. Re-innervation of smooth muscle that is transplanted to provide urethral sphincter augmentation. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, 2010.08.006

Furness J; Shafton A D; Hirst GDS; O’Connell HE . Stimulated Smooth Muscle
Neosphincter in Male Intrinsic Sphincter Deficiency: Proof of Principle Sutdies in a Rabbit Model.
Neurourol & Urodyamics DOI 10.1002/nau.20835

O’Connell HE, Eizenberg, N Cleeve J,: Rahman, M:,
The Anatomy of the Distal Vagina: Towards Unity
J Sex Med 2008;5:1883-1981

O’Connell HE, Kalavampara, S; Frea, B; Robertston, P; Kocjancic
Cadaveric study of ACT® balloons and their impact on female sexual anatomy
Pelviperineology, A multidisciplinary pelvic floor journal;Vol 26 N.2 June 2007

O’Connell HE . Johns Putra LG.
Xanthogranulomatous Bladder Abscess Managed by Trans-urethra Resection
ANZ Cont Journal 2007; 13(1): 15-7

O’Connell HE, Sanjeevan, KV, Hutson JM
Anatomy of the Clitoris
J Urol. 2005 October; 174:1189-1195

O’Connell HE, DeLancey JOL.
Clitoral Anatomy in Nulliparous, Healthy, Premenopausal Volunteers Using Unenhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging
J Urol. 2005 June; 173:2060-2063

Dowling CR, O’Connell HE.
Intrinsic sphincter deficiency (ISD).
ANZ Cont Journal 2004; 10(4): p 83-92

O’Connell HE, Anderson CR, Plenter RJ, Hutson JR.
Histology of the human clitoris
Urodynamica. 2004; 14:127-132

O’Connell HE.
How To Treat Urinary Incontinence
(Guest article) Australian Doctor 31 Jan 2003. I-VIII

Sherburn M, Guthrie JR, Dudley EC, O'Connell HE, Dennerstein L.
Is incontinence associated with the menopause? A cross-sectional and longitudinal study
Obstet Gynecol 2001 Oct 98(4):628-633

O’Connell HE, Cleeve LK, Fox RM.
Extragonadal choriocarcinoma involving the kidney.
ANZ J Surg. 2001 May; 71(5):325-327

O’Connell HE, Plenter RJ, Hutson JM.
The Suspensory Ligament of the Clitoris: connective tissue supports of the erectile tissues of the Female Urogenital Region
Clin Anat. 2000 Nov; 3(6):397-403

Morgan JL, O’Connell HE, McGuire EJ.
Is intrinsic sphincter deficiency a complication of simple hysterectomy?
J Urol 2000 Sept; 164(3 Pt 1):676-769

O’Connell HE, McKertich KA,
Common urological problems in women.
Aust Fam Phys. 1998 Dec; 27(12):1098-1104

O’Connell HE, Hutson JM, Plenter RJ, Anderson CR.
Anatomical relationship between urethra and clitoris.
J Urol 1998 June; 159(6):1892-1897

O’Connell HE, McGuire EJ.
Assessing and Managing Urinary Incontinence in Primary Care
Medscape Women’s Health 1996 (Dec); 1(12):7

McGuire EJ, Cespedes RD, Cross CA, O’Connell HE,
Videourodynamic studies
Urol Clin North Am. 1996 May; 23(20:309-321.

McGuire EJ, Cespedes RD, O’Connell HE.
Leak point pressures
Urol Clin North Am. 1996 May; 23(2):253-262.

O’Connell HE, McGuire EJ.
Evaluation of female urinary incontinence
Infections in Urol. 1996 Mar; 9(3):3.

Aboseif SR, O’Connell HE, Usui A, McGuire EJ,
Collagen injection for treatment of intrinsic sphincter deficiency in men
J Urol 1996 Jan; 155(1):10-13.

Harewood LM, Cleeve LK, O’Connell HE, Pope AJ, Vaughan MG, Agarwal, D
Transurethral needle ablation of the prostate (TUNA): clinical results and US, endoscopic and histologic findings in a pilot study of patients in urinary retention
J Endourology 1995 Oct; 9(5):407-412

O’Connell HE, McGuire EJ, Aboseif SR, Usui A.
Transurethral collagen therapy in women
J.Urol 1995 Oct; 154(4):1463-1465

McGuire EJ, O’Connell HE,
Surgical treatment of female intrinsic sphincter deficiency-slings.
Urol Clin North Am.1995 Aug; 22(3):657-664.

Flood HD, Malootra S, O’Connell HE, Ritchey ML, Bloom DA, McGuire EJ.
Long term results and complications of augmentation cystoplasty in reconstructive urology
Neurourol & Urodynamics 1995; 14(4): 297-309.

McGuire EJ, O’Connell HE.
Urethral function
J Pelvic Surgery. 1995; 1:36

O’Connell HE, Russell JR, Schultz T
Delayed epididymitis following intravesical BCG administration
ANZ J Surg 1993 Jan;63(1):70-72

O’Connell HE, Martin CJ
The use of intraoperative endoscopy for bleeding small bowel lesions
ANZ J Surg 1992; 62:394-396

O’Connell HE, MacGregor RJ, Russell JR
Female urinary incontinence - management in primary care
Med J Aust 1992; 157:537-542




Professor Helen O’Connell was trained in Australia by the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, the peak body for urological surgeons.

The training program for Urologists is accredited with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from which Dr O’Connell gained her surgical qualification the FRACS (Urol).

Dr O’Connell undertook advanced post Fellowship training in the USA, specialising in the surgical management of disorders affecting urinary function


Professor Helen O’Connell completed training as Australia’s first female Urologist in 1993. She was Fellowship trained by world renowned expert in NeuroUrology and Urology, Dr Edward J McGuire MD, in Houston, Texas 1994-1995. Based at The University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne Private Hospital, she completed a Doctorate of Medicine in female pelvic anatomy in 2004 having earned a Masters degree in 1997 for a project on female urge incontinence.

Professor O’Connell has been on the Board of Directors of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 2005 and was the specially elected Director to the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand for 2005-2010. She was the Chair of the Board of Surgical Research for the College in 2007-2009.

Her clinical and research focus is on surgical treatment to rectify lower urinary tract problems, particularly incontinence and outlet obstruction.


2011 - Graduate Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
2005 - Doctorate of Medicine (MD), Melbourne University
1997 - Master Medicine (MMed), Melbourne University
1994 - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, FRACS (Urol)
1985 - MBBS, Melbourne University

"Throughout my childhood and adolescence, as mothers do, mine would fuss over my hands. "You will do something great with those hands". My natural love for problem solving and the need to try to satisfy Mum's inspiration found a home in a career in surgery, Urological surgery. I had experienced successful squint surgery as a toddler in the early 1960s. It set up the belief that surgery had the power to transform or cure. Giving up glasses was good even as a 2 year old.

The attraction to Urology: firstly it was intriguing to know almost nothing about an area after 6 years of medical study. What were they keeping secret? I liked the type and range of surgery used - cystoscopic, ureteroscopic, nephroscopic, open abdominal and perineal. As a young woman choosing a career, in the Urology clinics I was given encouragement for being female, patients not all women, saying they were happy to be treated by a lady doctor.

My favourite work is the actual operating. I feel at home with a team of highly skilled individuals doing something that is likely to make someone's life better, easier or cured. I am lucky to have great help in the home, with the kids, with the running of the practice. The help enables me to have some time for me.

Dr Helen O'Connell








BULKAMID (Collagen Replacement).pdf











'Time for a rethink on the Clitoris'

'Quantum - Body of knowledge'

'Female Sexual Anatomy' (PDF)


Interview of Professor Helen O’Connell with media personality Kieran Butler

Prevention of prostatic/bladder problems in men


Prostatic surgery - earlier or later?


Tests and procedures for urethral obstruction in women




Fluroscopic Urodynamic Studies (FUDS)


Preservation of male sexual function post surgery


Preservation of female sexual function post surgery


Prolapse Presentations & Correction Procedures


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