The international PCOS Network which led the development of treatment guidelines for the often neglected health condition affecting one in eight women has received the prestigious award for excellence in international engagement in the 2023 Engagement Australia Excellence Awards.
The Partnership for Global Impact: An international multidisciplinary, evidence-based, consumer-centric network for better health led by Professor Helena Teede AM from the Centre for Research Excellence in Women’s Health in Reproductive Life (CRE WHiRL) and led by the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation received the Excellence in International Engagement award. The award recognises outstanding international collaboration that raises the profile of tertiary education and makes a substantial difference to communities both overseas and in Australia and New Zealand.
The international network delivered unprecedented collaboration, successive NHMRC-approved international evidence-based guidelines translation and shared research priorities and programs. Their International Evidence-Based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome was designed to provide clear information to assist shared decision-making and support optimal patient care and better health outcomes for women affected by the condition.
The guideline is the culmination of the engagement of over 3,000 health professionals and the work of 100+ multidisciplinary clinical and lived experience experts from six continents and 71 countries, which has been accessed by people in 195 countries since its release in August 2023. The network also delivered the free Ask PCOS App which has been used by over 45,000 users worldwide, and cutting-edge, digital, free resources, for healthcare professionals and women, translated into multiple languages.
The awards identify and celebrate engagement activities undertaken by universities that demonstrate far-reaching impact and innovation in the Australian and New Zealand economy and community.
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