Prof Helen O'Connell


Professor O'Connell completed training in Urology in Australia in 1994 as the first female Urological Surgeon.   She then did formal Fellowship training in the US in 1994-5 in the management including surgery of all problems affecting function of the lower urinary tract in men and women. In 2023 she became the President of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. 

Using state of the art medical imaging including CT, MRI, US, fluoroscopic guidance, complex urodynamic testing, which complements over 25 years of experience as Consultant Urologist, the list of treatment options in which Professor O'Connell is credentialed to provide surgery predicated on an accurate diagnosis include:

Prostatic obstruction : medications, TURP, Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostate, Urolift

Urinary incontinence : female - medications, slings, injections - Botulinum toxin, Bulkamid, artificial sphincters, peri-urethral adjustable balloons, prolapse surgery, major reconstruction - augmentation cystoplasty, ileovesicsotomy, ileal conduit, continent diversion with catheterisable stoma. 

Genital prolapse surgery including cystocele repair, vault suspension surgery.

Current focus is on mesh removal including robotic mesh removal. 

Urinary incontinence : male - slings, injections - Botulinum toxin, Bulkamid, artificial sphincters, major reconstruction - augmentation cystoplasty, ileovesicsotomy, ileal conduit, continent diversion with catheterisable stoma.  

Ureteroscopy and pyeloscopic treatment - flexible and rigid to permit laser disintegration of renal or ureteric stones and ablation of small tumours.

Bladder and prostate carcinoma - Professor O'Connell sees many patients with prostate and bladder malignancy particularly for the relief of suffering due to these conditions

Some of the surgery Professor O'Connell offers is collaborative with other surgeons including other Urologists, Urogynaecologists, Gynaecologists, Plastic Surgeons, Colorectal surgeons and others.   Professor O'Connell collaborates comprehensively with medical specialists, allied health and nursing experts. 

Surgery she does not offer:

Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, open stone surgery, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, laparoscopic surgery and radical prostatectomy. 

Professor O'Connell is based at Epworth Freemasons Hospital.  She is also a surgeon at Melbourne Private Hospital. 

Areas of Practice
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Bladder
  • Prostate
  • Renal
Professional Associations
  • Professor O'Connell was a director for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) from 2005-2014
  •   She is currently a Urology examiner for the RACS / Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ)
  •   She has been a member of the Board of Directors of  USANZ (2005-2011)
  • She is on the Medical Advisory Committee for Melbourne Private Hospital
  • Her current academic commitment involves a collaboration between the Bionic Institute and commercial company : Neosphincter technologies
  •   Contributing for nearly 20 years to this endeavour the collaborative effort first performed human implant in 2005
  •   The work has entered a new phase to fine tune the electrodes and stimulators optimising the surgery and results
Professional Qualifications
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Melbourne
  • Aust Institute Company Directors
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Consulting Rooms & Hospitals
Epworth FreemasonsSuite 4.4, Level 4, 124 Grey St, East Melbourne, VIC, 3002, AustraliaP: 03 9347 9911F: 03 9347 5960E: [email protected]W: