Practice Overview

Professor Bernard Haylen is a Certified Urogynaecologist (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists). He accepts referrals of women with symptoms of bladder dysfunction (most commonly urinary incontinence), uterine and vaginal prolapse, other pelvic floor problems as well as general gynaecological issues such as menstrual disorders or uterine fibroids.

Professor Haylen commenced practice at St Vincent’s, Darlinghurst, NSW in 1989 following his graduation at the University of Liverpool, U.K. as a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), his thesis entitled “Screening for voiding difficulty in women” having been successful. He has over 25 years subsequent experience in the field of urogynaecology seeing around 850 new referrals per year for women with pelvic floor problems.

Professor Haylen has full Consulting and Urodynamic Clinics at St Vincent’s Clinic (Monday, Tuesday), Prince of Wales Private Consulting Rooms (Thursday) and the Mater Clinic (Friday). He has general consulting at St Vincent’s Clinic (Thursday). He operates privately at St Vincent’s Clinic, St Vincent’s Private and the Mater Hospitals. He also operates St Vincent’s General Hospital. His surgical activity in 2016 (851 major and 1114 minor procedures) is outlined in the section Surgery. Haylen is Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales. He is a past Chairman of the Department of Gynaecology at St Vincent’s Private Hospital (1998-2010) as well as a past Chairman of the Medical Staff Council at St Vincent’s Private Hospital. He is a Fellow of the RANZCOG and the RCOG. He is a member of the International Urogynecological Association, serving on its International Board from 2000-2004 and presiding as Chairman (2009-2014) of the Standardization and Terminology Committee. He has been a member of the International Continence Society since 1987. In September 2016, he became (by election) Chair, Standardization Steering Committee, International Continence Society (ICS).

Professor Haylen is the author of over 100 articles in peer review journals as well as numerous other publications. He has over 4600 citations in the literature. In addition to his presentations at international meetings such as IUGA and ICS, he is a regular speaker at RANZCOG/ UGSA, general practice and pelvic floor meetings. He is extensively involved in research and publication. He is most well-known for his many papers on the subject of “Voiding Difficulty in Women and his joint IUGA-ICS Terminology Reports. His Liverpool Nomograms for urine flow rates in men and women are a worldwide standard. His other research interests include native tissue pelvic floor anatomy and surgery, ultrasound in urogynaecology, recurrent urinary tract infections and the retroverted uterus.

Under the auspices of the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) and the International Continence Society(ICS), he is first author (10 international expert co-authors) on the Terminology for Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. He is also first author (15 international expert co-authors) of another joint IUGA/ICS document "A terminology and classification of complications directly related to the insertion of prostheses (meshes, tapes and implants) and grafts in female pelvic floor surgery". These are the most cited papers in the urogynaecological literature. He has been instrumental in initiating 6 other Joint IUGA-ICS Terminology Reports, two as first author. He has initiated another 8 ICS Terminology Reports as Chair of that Society’s Standardization Committee, many related to male terminology.

Professor Haylen reviews submitted publications for the International Urogynecology Journal, Neurourology & Urodynamics and the Medical Journal of Australia, the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, European Urology and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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