South Coast Urology

Dr Helen Nicholson

BSc(Adv), MBBS(Hons), FRACS


Dr Helen Nicholson is an Australian trained Urologist, with a sub-speciality fellowship and interest in minimally invasive (laparoscopic and robotic) care of urological cancers, in particular prostate, renal and bladder malignancies.

Working regionally, she has a broad expertise for diagnosis and management of both malignant (prostate, renal, bladder, testis, adrenal, penile) and benign (BPH, PUJ obstruction, renal stones, bladder stones) urological concerns. Dr Nicholson has a very warm, open and honest approach to patient care, providing contemporaneous best practice, partaking in regular audit and adapting to the ever-changing landscape of modern medicine.  

Dr Nicholson completed her medical degree at Sydney University with honours, completing her internship and residency at Gosford Hospital and her registrar years across NSW, ACT and the NT. She completed her fellowship at Manchester, UK, where she travelled with her young family to complete a 1-year fellowship in minimally invasive (laparoscopic and robotic) Uro-oncology. She is actively involved with conferences at local, national and international levels across both Urology specific and broader Uro-Oncology forums such as ANZUP.

Dr Nicholson is the current co-director of the Department of Surgery at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, a role which over the past few years has particularly focused on improving workplace culture, diversifying the department and exciting involvement in the hospital redevelopment. She is also the current JMO supervisor for the Urology term at The Wollongong Hospital and spends time teaching medical students from the University of Wollongong, junior medical officers at Wollongong and Shoalhaven Hospitals and the USANZ Urology Set training registrars across the district.

Special Interests

  • Robotic / Laparoscopic / Open Pelvic Oncology – prostatectomy, cystectomy, pelvic lymphadenectomy.
  • Robotic / Laparoscopic upper-tract – nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy, pyeloplasty.
  • Endourology – stones, BPH surgery (TURP / GLL prostatectomy / Urolift), bladder tumours.


Registrar Training 

Fellowship Training


Hospital Appointments

Consulting Locations

AHPRA Registration

Awards & Research

  • Co-Director, Department Surgery, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, 2020-present
  • Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand
    • Keith Kirkland Prize 2014 – Best registrar presentation
    • UAA Urology Residents Course Sponsorship
  • Reviewer – ANZ Journal Surgery, Abstracts USANZ and NSW Section Meetings
  • Moderator – various NSW section meetings, USANZ Annual Surgical Meetings
  • Urology Fellowship Handbook: A concise guide to clinical urology – Chapter 1 (Anatomy) – co-author; published 2019
  • Management of bladder neck stenosis and urethral stricture and stenosis following treatment for prostate cancer. Nicholson, H., Al-Hakeem, Y., Maldonado, J. & Tse, V.
    • Publication Translational Andrology and Urology, Jul 2017; 6 (Supp 2): S92-102
  • Does the timing of intraoperative NSAID analgesia affect pain outcomes in ureteroscopy? A prospective, single-blinded, randomized controlled trial. Nicholson, H., Strahan, S. & Wines, M.
    • Presentation (Keith Kirkland Presentation) USANZ Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane 2014
  • Winner Keith Kirkland Prize
    • Presentation (Chris Farrell Presentation) USANZ NSW Section Meeting, Hamilton Island 2013
  • The massively enlarged prostate: Experience with photoselective vaporization of the > 100 cc prostate with the 180 W Lithium Triborate Laser. Nicholson, H. & Woo, H.
    • Publication Journal of Endourology, Apr 2015; 29 (4):459-62
    • Presentation USANZ Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane 2014
    • Presentation World Congress of Endourology, New Orleans 2013
    • Presentation USANZ NSW Section Meeting, Hamilton Island 2013
  • Does multiparametic MRI have a role in clinical staging of prostate cancer? A retrospective comparative analysis of mpMRI with histopathological outcomes. Haxhimolla, H., Tamhane, R. & Nicholson, H.
    • Presentation Prostate Cancer World Congress, Melbourne 2013
    • Presentation USANZ NSW Section Meeting, Hamilton Island 2013
  • Does the Nathanson liver retractor cause post operative liver dysfunction following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy? Nicholson, H., Gananadha, G. & Mosse, C.
    • Presentation RACS ACT Annual Scientific Meeting, Canberra 2012
  • Does local anaesthetic dwell time affect pain experienced by males undergoing flexible cystoscopy? A prospective, single blinded randomised controlled trial. Nicholson, H., Esler, R., MacNeil, F.
    • Presentation USANZ/ANZUP supplementary meeting, Melbourne 2011
  • British Journal of Urology International Blogs
    • A beer a day keeps stones away. Published online Jun 2013
    • Bladder cancer: a stagnant foe? Published online Jul 2013
    • The Surgical Spectacle: Blurred Lines. Published online Oct 2013

Personal Q&A

I love the breadth that Urology provides – everything from managing with conservative measures, medical therapies, endoscopic, minimally invasive and open options. I found a love for surgery early on as a junior doctor – it is immensely satisfying being able to fix things with my hands. No-one in my family is medical, so I think they were a little perplexed with my career choice until I settled upon Urology. My father is a civil engineer and spent most of his profession working in the water industry. I would like to think I’ve taken over the family business, simply in human form.

Robotic prostatectomy or robotic partial nephrectomy. Using the robot for procedures such as these provides unmatched vision, incredible precision enabling delicacy around precious areas such as nerves and vessels, and is very ergonomic from a surgeon’s perspective.

Prof Kathryn North, Paediatrician, Neurologist, Clinical Geneticist, is the first to spring to mind. I began working in Prof North’s lab at the Neuromuscular Research Institute as a Summer Scholarship student in my undergraduate years. Prof North encourage me to spread my wings beyond the lab and consider medicine as a career. What I learnt from Prof North is that, despite being a female, she had risen to achieve highly regarded academic success in addition to well-respected clinical care, without compromising her kind and generous personality.

  • Often found surrounded by her three boys by the river or beach.
  • Water – Paddleboarding, fishing, diving, very amateur surfer, camping/caravan.
  • Being active – often at the gym in the early hours, tennis, walking the dog.