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Christchurch senior lecturer is made a Dame

Monday 10 June 2019 10:10pm

Dr Sue Bagshaw was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Christchurch senior lecturer Sue Bagshaw has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her advocacy of youth health.

Dr Bagshaw has been a senior lecturer at the University’s Christchurch campus for more than a decade. Outside her work teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students how to better meet the health needs of adolescents, Dr Bagshaw has fought for better health services for youth in Canterbury and beyond.

She is best known for establishing the 198 Youth Health Centre in Canterbury in 1995. Its model of offering young people free doctor’s appointments, counselling and addiction and social support services under one roof has since been applied around New Zealand.

Head of the University of Otago, Christchurch’s Department of Paediatrics Professor Andrew Day says Dr Bagshaw is a committed advocate for youth health. She has taught medical and postgraduate students about adolescent health and her strong advocacy and passion for the subject had no doubt led to improved services for that group.

Dr Bagshaw says she is definitely not keen for people to call her ‘Dame Sue’ but "hoped the honour lead to an increased recognition of the importance of valuing young people".

The 198 Youth Centre has moved multiple times since the earthquakes. Dr Bagshaw is currently fundraising for a permanent home for the well-subscribed service. Along with developing this initiative, she is also involved in governance roles, including as chair of the Korowai Youth Well-Being Trust and as a trustee for the Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development, which she founded. She was President of the International Association of Adolescent health for four years, and on its Council for a total of eight years.

Dr Bagshaw’s husband, surgeon Phil Bagshaw, also lectures at the University of Otago, Christchurch, and is the founder of the Canterbury Charity Hospital.