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

Professor Susan Sawyer AM 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, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. She is a research fellow at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. A member of the WHO Technical Steering Committee on Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (chairman, 2012-2017), she has widely undertaken advisory and consultancy roles with the various UN agencies such as WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO and UNFPA. She is the immediate past president of the International Association for Adolescent Health (2022-24), with her presidency extending from 2017-2021. She is a past board member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (United States) and also a past president of the International Chapter of the US Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She co-chaired the 2016 Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well-Being which followed earlier leadership for the Lancet’s 2007 and 2012 series on Adolescent Health. Her particular research interests are around health services for adolescents, including those with chronic health conditions. She has authored over 300 peer review publications and 50 book chapters, including coediting an Australian textbook on Youth Health and Adolescent Medicine.


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


Member, Order of Australia; Member, Victorian Women's Honour Roll