From the Chair: Monash Partners Executive Director role

Dear colleagues,

On 14 January 2024, after more than 8 years of outstanding service to Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre, Executive Director, Professor Helena Teede AM, will step down from this leadership position.

Monash Partners is a Centre of excellence and collaboration in health and medical research, research translation, research infused education and training, and outstanding healthcare. Since joining in 2015, as Executive Director, Helena has made a significant contribution to the advancement of interdisciplinary research embedded within healthcare. She has enhanced collaboration between leading health services, research and teaching organisations, that support the health and wellbeing of around three million Australians.

Helena led strategic work across our 12 partners to identify and address real world problems, supported research to inform best practice and enabled implementation of evidence-based solutions back into healthcare. During her tenure, Monash Partners directly funded over 80+ projects, and supported over 150 projects from improving mental health around pregnancy to developing new tests to detect heart attacks, to enhancing quality cancer care via Clinical Themes. Through its Enabling Platforms, Monash Partners has driven change in the systems in which researchers work, including optimisation of clinical trial processes and staff education.

Helena initiated and was inaugural chair of the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) as a close partnership across all 14 NHMRC accredited Centres. She brought learnings from her advisory positions in UK Centres and positioned Monash Partners to lead nationally in data-driven healthcare improvement and Learning Health Systems, consumer and community engagement and the Women’s Health Research Translation and Impact Network.

A Monash alumna, Helena has held national and international leadership roles across health care, research and policy including membership of Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Council, WHO Committee Chair, and President Elect International Society of Endocrinology. She is an NHMRC Leadership fellow, a Professor of Women’s Health and Director of Monash Centre for Health Research Implementation at Monash University and is an Endocrinologist at Monash Health. She is a strong advocate for advancing women in leadership in healthcare and research.

Helena’s commitment to broad stakeholder engagement in research and evidence translation, and her passion for delivering better health through research, contributed to Monash Partners’ impact and growth. I am sure that, upon leaving the role, Helena will be greatly missed in Monash Partners for her vision, collaboration and her strategic approach.

On behalf of the Monash Partners community, I warmly thank Helena for her outstanding leadership.

An extensive international search for Helena’s replacement was undertaken, and we are pleased to announce that Professor Carol Hodgson has accepted the position of Executive Director from 15 January 2024.

Carol is Head of the Division of Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies at Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Deputy Director of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre. An internationally renowned Specialist Physiotherapist who has led award-winning Phase III clinical trials in ICU rehabilitation, Carol is a senior leader in physiotherapy at Alfred Health (Fellow of the College of Physiotherapy), a position she has held for 25 years. Carol has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in both clinical and research areas, and is passionate about improving patient-important outcomes with evidence-based care that is informed by research questions grounded in clinical practice.

Please join me in congratulating Carol Hodgson on her appointment to the role of Executive Director of Monash Partners.

Professor Christina Mitchell AO
Chair, Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre
and
Executive Dean, 
Monash University Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences