Professor of Adolescent Health The University of Melbourne; Director, Royal Children's Hospital Centre for Adolescent Health, University of Melbourne

Professor Susan Sawyer MBBS MD FRACP FSAHM holds the inaugural Chair of Adolescent Health at The University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. A paediatrician by training, she is the Director of the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and a research fellow at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. A member of the WHO Technical Steering Committee on Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (chairman, 2012-), she has also consulted for UNICEF and the World Bank around framing country level investments in adolescent health. She is vice-president of the International Association of Adolescent Health, a board member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (United States) and a past president of the International Chapter of the US Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She has a leadership role in the forthcoming Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well-Being which follows on from her leadership within the Lancet’s two earlier series on Adolescent Health. Her particular research interests are around health services for adolescents, including those with chronic health conditions. She is the author of many peer review academic publications and book chapters, including a recent Australian textbook on Youth Health and Adolescent Medicine.


  • 2005–present
    Professor of Adolescent Health, University of Melbourne


Victorian Women's Honour Roll