GIS Board Member awarded Fellowship at Monash University

GIS Board member,Professor Helen Skouteris (Monash Warwick Alliance Joint Professor of Health and Social Care Improvement and Implementation Science at Monash University) is a driving force behind research excellence and leadership development for women in academia. This profile highlights her impressive career trajectory and her recent recognition as the inaugural recipient of the Maureen Brunt Professorial Fellowship.

A Passion for Equity and Impact

Professor Skouteris’ research focuses on promoting health and wellbeing across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on equity and achieving positive outcomes for children, young people, and families. Her leadership in the newly established Health and Social Care Unit (HSCU) at Monash University exemplifies her commitment to collaborative, multidisciplinary research that translates into real-world impact. The HSCU’s co-developed strategy prioritizes equity, capacity building, and consumer and community involvement (CCI) to ensure research addresses the specific needs of industry partners and their communities.

Leading by Example: A Strong Track Record and Support for Women in Research

Professor Skouteris’ achievements speak volumes. She has a distinguished track record of leading and collaborating on high-impact research projects, securing funding from prestigious bodies like the Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Notably, she has served as Chief Investigator on numerous Category 1 grants, demonstrating her expertise in implementation science and its application to pressing social issues.

Professor Skouteris’ dedication extends beyond her own research. She is a strong advocate for women in research, exemplified by her position as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. The Maureen Brunt Professorial Fellowship, of which she is the inaugural recipient, further aligns with this commitment. This fellowship with Monash University aims to support and empower outstanding female researchers, providing them with the resources and guidance needed to excel and become strong contenders for ARC Laureate Fellowships.

The Maureen Brunt Professorial Fellowship: A Catalyst for Continued Success

Professor Skouteris’ vision for the Maureen Brunt Professorial Fellowship aligns perfectly with the program’s goals. She plans to leverage the fellowship to further her research on implementation science, fostering knowledge development in this critical field while mentoring and supporting other aspiring female researchers. This will undoubtedly contribute to a more equitable research landscape and lead to even greater impact on the health and social care sectors.

Professor Skouteris’ dedication to research excellence, her commitment to equity and implementation science, and her passion for supporting women in research make her a true inspiration. The Maureen Brunt Professorial Fellowship will undoubtedly fuel her continued success and pave the way for a brighter future for women in academia.

Congratulations, Helen – GIS is lucky to have you!