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
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
O’Connell HE, Anderson CR, Plenter RJ, Hutson JR.
Histology of the human clitoris
Urodynamica. 2004; 14:127-132
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
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,
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
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
Neurourol & Urodynamics 1995; 14(4): 297-309.
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
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