- Chief Executive, Endometriosis New Zealand
Deborah Bush (QSM, Dip Tchg LSB) co-founded Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) and is currently based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has had a global influence on health promotion and prevention of endometriosis and is recognised as having expert knowledge of the personal, societal, and financial burden endometriosis imposes. She has contributed to the literature through published articles, stories, and book chapters. Her interest in pelvic pain is reflected in an Australian report released by the Pelvic Pain Steering Committee in Australia, 2011. She is a popular after dinner speaker, and has frequently presented at international academic conferences.
Deborah has over 25 years of health industry experience and has established and maintains:
- a national charitable non-government endometriosis organisation which represents all stakeholders;
- preventive health initiatives and innovative programs designed for and delivered in schools, workplaces and hospitals;
- a coaching/consulting business for women and girls with endometriosis and pelvic pain which integrates into treatment centres offering multi-disciplinary expertise.
To enable the development of ENZ, she has successfully forged professional relationships with health professionals, businesses, allied health organisations, sponsors and funders, schools, those with the condition and their families, and the New Zealand Government.
Deborah’s achievements are reflected in the following awards:
- Queen’s Service Medal (QSM), Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2003.
- ‘Commonwealth Award for Excellence in Women’s Health’ to Endometriosis New Zealand under her leadership.
- Paul Newman Award for Services to Women’s Health, 2007.
- ‘International Outstanding Service Award’ commemorating the 100th Year Celebration of International Women’s Day, 2011.
- Zonta International ‘Woman of the Biennium Award’ 2012 – 2014.