- 10 April 1949
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
- Educator, Nurse, Refugee Advocate and Researcher
- Alternative Names
- Burns, Helen (maiden name)
Helen McCue is best known as a co-founder of Rural Australians for Refugees (2001). A trained nurse educator she worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Middle East in 1981, was then seconded to the United Nations Relief and Works Organisation (UNRWA) in Lebanon, and subsequently worked as a volunteer in refugee camps in Beirut 1982-83. In 1984 she co-founded the trade union aid body Australian People for Health Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA), and was its first Executive Director and regional adviser in South Africa and the Middle East until early 1994. She founded the Women Refugee Education Network (1996) and the the Wingecarribee Commmunity Foundation (2001), and was involved in the establishment of Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group (1997).