Dr Helen Kelsall
MBBS, MPH, MHlthSc(PHP), PhD, FAFPHM
Senior Research Fellow, Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH)
Phone:+61 3 9903 0032
Helen graduated in medicine through Monash University in 1983. She subsequently worked in general medical practice in Melbourne until completing specialist public health medicine training from 1994-1996 through work-based training in a variety of government and non-governmental organisations in the field, a MPH, and Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and continued to work in the Department of Human Services.
Helen joined the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in 2000 as a Senior Research Fellow on the Australian Gulf War Veterans' Health Study 2000-02. This study was awarded the Victorian Public Health Research Excellence Award in 2005 and her PhD on the respiratory and neurological health, symptoms, medical conditions and chronic fatigue syndrome in Australian Gulf War veterans was awarded the Monash University Vice Chancellor’s Commendation. She is an Investigator on the collaborative research team that completed a 10 year Follow Up Health Study 2011-12 of this cohort.
Helen held a NHMRC Public Health PhD and then Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-09), the first two years of which were undertaken at The Cancer Council Victoria on research in cancer epidemiology, the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study, and record linkage. In subsequent years, Dr Kelsall’s research as principal or co-investigator has been supported by several NHMRC, government and industry grants, and includes international collaborations.
Her principal interests include military and veterans' health, epidemiological research, public health medicine and training, and occupational health. Dr Kelsall has experience with designing, running and analysing cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, data linkage, and in undertaking systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and has published and presented widely.
Dr Kelsall holds several professional roles relevant to her areas of interest and expertise. She is a Sub Editor and Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Ethics Committee, and has been active in the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine as a Victorian Regional Committee member and Victorian representative on the Board of Continuing Professional Development (2005-14).
Helen is active in public health capacity building and research training - supervising doctoral students, visiting overseas academics, and undergraduate students. She is course coordinator for the multi-modal Master of Public Health for the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, including being unit coordinator for the online MPH Challenges in Public Health unit.