About Helen

 

“I like helping people to make a difference, encouraging people to break out of the stereotypes and molds and to pursue their goals and dreams.

There is something exciting about sharing my stories, along with my failures and triumphs and showing people that if I can do it, they can too.”

Helen Zahos

Career at a Glance

Helen Zahos, a seasoned Humanitarian Nurse, possesses finely tuned interpersonal communication skills cultivated through close collaboration with diverse cultures, including Indigenous Australians, Refugees, People Seeking Asylum, and individuals with disabilities. Her commitment to delivering results is coupled with a keen awareness of cultural and political sensitivities, ensuring the highest standards and best practices are upheld. Helen’s extensive experience, enriched by diversity, forms the bedrock of knowledge that uniquely qualifies her to shape your project.

 

Her autonomy shines in remote Indigenous communities and during disaster responses, exemplified by her impactful contributions during the Nepal Earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Helen thrives in taking responsibility and making decisive choices, demonstrating a capacity for confident, unsupervised leadership. Whether navigating hospital settings or frontline scenarios, her collaborative prowess emerges, seamlessly integrating into broader team dynamics. Helen excels in risk assessments, problem-solving, planning, advising, debriefing, and evaluation, fostering a holistic approach to achieving collective goals.
Helen holds a Master of Nursing (Emergency), a Certificate IV in training small groups, a Graduate Diploma of Science (Paramedic), and a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research.

“I was lucky enough to share the TEDx stage as one of the guest speakers alongside Helen Zahos in 2018. Her speech was incredible! She captivated the audience with her moving stories that brought tears from both laughter and heartbreak. After listening to Helen’s talk I was so inspired to go out in my community and just be better. Helen is a rare kind of leader and an inspiration to us all!”

Anthony Ikin
Creative Director + Choreograopher

What Helen Stands For

Helen Zahos champions doing good for humanity without discrimination or prejudice.

Her stand is a testament to infusing kindness, hope, empathy, and compassion into every encounter.

Helen advocates for the care and treatment of individuals with unyielding dignity and respect, regardless of their situation, culture, religion, or gender.

Her advocacy resonates in encouraging others to shatter stereotypes, pursue their goals and dreams, and attain what once seemed unattainable.

Helen stands for inspiring women to become role models in society, embodying the essence of making a difference.

As Helen Zahos, she expresses gratitude for the trust placed in her to share experiences, aspiring to kindle leadership within communities.

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Nurses in Action

Nurses in Action (NIA) is a team program which provides a unique, powerful and immersive experience for volunteers. The program is held over 3 weeks (Nepal) or 4 weeks (Kenya) and allows nurses and allied health professionals aged 18 – 65 to provide primary healthcare services to people living in remote communities.

Helen Zahos

BN; MNEmerg; GDipSCParamed; GCertHRes; FRSA; MACN

About Helen Zahos

Helen is a Humanitarian, Emergency Nurse and Paramedic who has volunteered in disaster areas around the world and has cared for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Helen has volunteered in Iraq in IDP Camps, in Nepal after the earthquake and Philippines after the Typhoon, as well as assisting during the Syrian refugee crisis on the border of Greece. Since then she has worked in Emergency Departments in Tertiary hospitals; in Remote Indigenous Communities; attended Disaster Responses both locally and internationally, and worked with Asylum seekers and Refugees.

 

Helen grew up on Groote Eylandt, a remote Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia. She completed her Nursing and Paramedic studies in Darwin, where she was working in the Emergency Department and was involved with the Royal Darwin Hospital Response to the Bali Bombings.

“I am extremely proud to inspire people, particularly young women, and to be a role model in the community. When people tell me how they have changed after hearing my stories, it makes me realise how my work inspires others, and by sharing my experiences, I really can make a difference.”

Helen Zahos

Awards and Recognitions

Helen is recognised internationally for her volunteer humanitarian work and has been nominated for multiple awards including:

    2023

    • Woman of the year 2023
      The Heart of Women awards
    • Award for excellence
      QBank Everyday Hero Awards 2023

    2021

    • Catalyst Award
      Royal Society of the Arts

    2020

    • Gold Stevie award – Medical Frontline Hero
    • Gold Stevie award – Mentor and coach – Not For Profit
    • Silver Stevie award -Woman of the Year – Not for Profit
    • Silver Stevie award – Female Innovator of the Year – Not for Profit
    • Bronze Stevie award -Backline Medical Hero of the Year

    2019

    • Finalist for volunteer of the year QLD
    • Speaker, CSW NGO Forum – “Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs through the sustainable Development Goals”, United Nations 63rd Commission, March 2019 New York.
    • Speaker, UNSDG Health Summit – “Non-communicable Diseases” (World Health Assembly side event), United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Global Platform, May 2019 Geneva.

    2017

    • International Greek Women’s Awards
    • Australian of the year QLD

    2016

    • Australian of the year QLD
    • Hellenic Australian Chamber Commerce and Industry award for Community Service

    Member

    • National focal point (Australia) and Regional Advisory Group (Asia-Pacific) for the Global Network of Civil Society for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)
    • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
    • Member of the Australian College of Nursing (MACN)
    • The Health and Disaster Management Advisor to the Commonwealth Business Women’s Network (CBWN)
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