About Us

Professor Innes Asher ONZM

Paediatrician/children's health spokesperson

Professor and Chair of Paediatrics, Department of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Auckland; she was Head of Department October 2002 to March 2016. She is also Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Starship Children's Hospital, Auckland. She chairs the Global Asthma Network www.globalasthmanetwork.org.In 2017 she was appointed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an Expert on Chronic Respiratory Diseases within their inaugural Expert Panel on Non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

In 2003 Innes was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to Paediatrics, and in 2007 was awarded the Health Research Council, Liley Medal for her research leadership.  Shortly after her appointment as Professor in 2002, Innes instigated the University of Auckland’s Winter Lecture Series 2004 entitled "Are we wasting our children?" 

In 2010 she gave the 7th Porritt Memorial Lecture  Improving the Poor Health Outcomes for Children in New Zealand - What Can Be Done?. In November 2014 she gave the opening presentation at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand’s Annual Scientific Meeting, The state of the nation - child poverty in 2014.  Innes is also a contributing author of the health chapter in CPAG's  2014 flagship publication, Our children, our choice: priorities for policy.

Professor Asher is a founding member of the Steering Group of the National Child and Youth Epidemiology Service, which selects, collates and disseminates timely and accurate information on the health of children and young people in New Zealand.

She speaks to diverse groups about solutions to child poverty, from a health perspective, for example to the Auckland Medico-legal Society (21 June 2016) and to the Annual Conference of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee of the Health and Safety Quality Commission (28 June 2016).