Clinical Professor David Bennett is an adolescent health physician working to improve the health and wellbeing of young people through responsive health care, collaborative research, professional and community education, networking and advocacy.
David's previous roles include Head of Department of Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital Westmead (1977-2004), President of the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare, President of the International Association for Adolescent Health and Consultant with World Health Organization.
David is Head of the NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health and serves on a number of high-level State and Commonwealth government policy committees. He was honoured with an AO (Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia) in 1995 for ‘service to medicine, particularly in the field of adolescent health and medical care’, is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, and has received other awards for his service to community. He is co-author of I just want you to be happy: Preventing and tackling teenage depression, co-editor of Challenges in Adolescent Health: An Australian Perspective, and the author of numerous other books, monographs, chapters and professional articles in the field of adolescent health. David is married to Anne and has four grown-up children and three grandchildren.