Professor Susan Sawyer

Chair of Adolescent Health in the Department of Paediatrics

The University of Melbourne

Professor Susan Sawyer holds the chair of adolescent health at The University of Melbourne and is director of the RCH Centre for Adolescent Health. Professor Sawyer also serves as Director, Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Co-Director, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Adolescent Health.

Professor Sawyer trained as a respiratory paediatrician where she developed a major interest in models of care for complex adolescents such as those with cystic fibrosis, especially around aspects of sexual and reproductive health. Her current practice is in the field of Adolescent Medicine, a field that she has helped to develop in Australia and increasingly internationally. Her current interests revolve around health services for adolescents, including the development and evaluation of innovative models of clinical service for adolescents in both primary care and specialist settings.

Professor Sawyer is increasingly involved in global adolescent health. She has been a consultant to WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank. She has co-led two recent series on Adolescent Health for the Lancet, and is a commissioner on the Lancet’s ‘Commission on Adolescent Health and Well-being’, which brings together some of the world’s leading universities including the University of Melbourne, Columbia University, University College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University Washington.