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.