Dr Helen Steinke born in rural New South Wales and upon finishing school completed her Registered Nurses training at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. After 18months working overseas returned to Australia to study psychology. Graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences and worked in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Programme at the Austin Hospital before being accepted to study medicine at the University of Sydney where she graduated in 1997. Completed the 6 year programme with one small break in order to give birth to her first son
Commenced internship and residency at Hornsby Kuring-gai Hospital and was introduced to general practice where she quickly found her passion. In 2005 completed her Graduate Diploma of Palliative Medicine though Melbourne University and in 2007 received her Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practice
Practiced in a 5 GP practice in Wahroonga before accepting a position as an Aged Care GP with Bupa. Was head of Medical Services at Bupa for 18 months before returning to clinical work.
Now caring for residents of aged care facilities both as a private physician and as a collaborating GP with specialist Nurse Practitioners.
Member of the expert advisory group editing the RACGP guide to Care of the Aged
Has been involved with education of medical students and GP registrars in private practice and ACFs
Regular examiner for the College fellowship exams
Lives in Turramurra with her husband and 3 sons, enjoys the ballet, opera, travelling and beating her husband at sudokus!!