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PROF Susan Sawyer


  • Adherence to treatment regimens in adolescents
  • Adolescent Health (Substance use, mental health, chronic disease, transition into adult health care, health services)
  • Adolescent cancer and palliative care
  • Adolescents with chronic disease
  • Health risk behaviours
  • Interventions that promote access to health care including teaching and training
  • Sexual health
  • Smoking/tobacco



  • Professor Sawyer holds the inaugural Chair of Adolescent Health in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.

    A paediatrician by trianing, she is the director of the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Childrens Hospital, Australia's leading academic centre of excellence in adolescent health.

    She has helped develop the field of adolescent health nationally and internationally. She was instrumental in establishing the Royal Australasian College of Physician's committee on adolescent health and was its inaugural chairman from 2002-2007. A past preseident of the International Chapter of the (US) Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, she was awarded its International Chapter Award in 2008 and fellowship of that society in 2009. She is vice-president of the International Association for Adolescent Health (Oceania).  She is an advisory member of WHO's Technical Steering Committee on Child and Adolescent Health (Geneva).

    Her research interests within adolescent health include health services and models of care for adolescents and young adults, developmentally appproiate models of health care, and chronic disease management i nadolescence. She has expertise in both quantitiative and qualitative research methods.

    With over 250 publications including 150 peer review papers, she is highly sought after as a teacher and mentor. 



Member of

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Fellow 1996 - 2011
  • AMA- Australian Medical Association. Member 1995 - 2011
  • US Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Fellow 1993 - 2011
  • International Association of Adolescent Healht. Regional Vice preseident (Oceania) 1991 - 2011
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Member 1991 - 2011


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Education and training

  • MD, University of Melbourne 1995
  • MBBS, University of Melbourne 1985

Awards and honors

  • Citation, Who's Who Australian Women, 2006
  • Constance Stone Award, Victorian Medical Women?s Society, 2005
  • Travelling Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 1993
  • Allan and Hanbury's Travelling Fellowship, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (Victorian Branch), 1993
  • Travelling Scholarship, Australian College of Paediatrics, 1993
  • Research Fellow, Respiratory Biology Program, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, 1993
  • Travelling Scholarship, Boehringer Ingelheim, 1993
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1992
  • Post-graduate Research Scholarship, Royal Children's Hospital Research Foundation, 1991
  • Advanced trainee prize, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (Vic branch), 1991
  • Post-graduate Research Scholarship, 1991 -1993, National Health and Medical Research Foundation, 1991
  • Mitsui Education Foundation Scholarship, Sophia University, Tokyo., 1983
  • Inaugural Ken Grice Prize (Dux, 4th year medicine), Royal Melbourne Hospital, 1980



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