BUSH Deborah

  • Co-founder (1985) and Chief Executive Officer Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ)
  • Director EPP (Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain) Coaching and Consulting
  • Professional speaker

Deborah Bush MNZM QSM (Dip Tchg LSB) began her career as a secondary school teacher and has a background in speech and drama and dance, qualifying as a teacher in both.

Deborah developed the now published Menstrual Health and Endometriosis (‘me’) school education programme in 1997 which is having a profound influence on early recognition of symptoms and timely intervention in that demographic. She has developed innovative programmes for workplaces, hospitals and CME working across the sectors with all stakeholders. She developed a dance initiative, endorsed by the New Zealand Royal Ballet, based on exercise being the best non-drug treatment for pain. She established a Task Force with the NZ Government in 2015, which is making progress to address endometriosis as a major public health issue and establish improved treatment pathways.

In 2001, she developed EPP Coaching and Consulting™, which integrates into multi-disciplinary treatment centres offering well-health coaching to patients.

Deborah has contributed to research, publications, co-authored the book ‘Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain’ and is a peer reviewer for ANZJOG.

Deborah has been the recipient of many awards and Honours including the Commonwealth Award for Excellence in Women’s Health, Queen’s Service Medal 2003, Paul Newman Award 2007, Zonta International Woman of the Biennium 2011-2013, NZ Woman of the Year Health and Science 2012, and The New Zealand Order of Merit in 2017.

Deborah Bush was invited to be an Ambassador of the World Endometriosis Society in 2011 and, was appointed to the WES Board in 2017.