Susan Sawyer holds the inaugural Chair of Adolescent Health in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, is Director of the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and a research fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is president of the International Association of Adolescent Health.
Susan’s research interests include universal health coverage for adolescents, including adolescent-friendly models of care for adolescents and young adults. She has played a major national role in the development of the field of adolescent health, and is increasingly involved in global adolescent health. She has provided technical assistance to WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank, co-led two recent series on Adolescent Health for The Lancet (2007, 2012), was a commissioner on Our future: a Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing (2016), and a member of The Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, a collaboration between academics from various leading universities and young people, in close association with UN agencies.
Susan contributes high level skills in research, training and international adolescent health and will play a role in translation in relation to national and international health, primarily in Policy & Practice.
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- Patton GC, Sawyer SM, Santelli JS, Ross DA, Afifi R, Allen NB, Arora M, Azzopardi P, Baldwin W, Bonell C, Kakuma R. Our future: a Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing. The Lancet. 2016 Jun 11;387(10036):2423-78.
- Sawyer SM, Azzopardi PS, Wickremarathne D, Patton GC. The age of adolescence. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. 2018;2(3):223-8.
- Sawyer SM, McNeil R, Thompson K, Orme LM, McCarthy M. Developmentally appropriate care for adolescents and young adults with cancer: how well is Australia doing? Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. 2019;27(5):1783-92