A/Prof Susan Neuhaus


Associate Professor Susan Neuhaus is a long standing member of Australian Medical Association, a highly respected senior surgeon, distinguished ex-Army officer and an experienced Board Director and Chairman.

Susan is a Consultant Surgeon in private surgical practice, holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and academic positions Department of Surgery and Faculty of Medicine, University of Adelaide. She is appointed to the RACS Court of Examiners.

Susan contributes to the highest levels of her profession as a clinician, academic and researcher with sub-specialty expertise in management of melanoma and sarcoma.

Susan has also completed an Army career spanning over 20 years, in both the Regular Army and Army Reserve. She is a graduate of Australian Command and Staff College (Res). Susan has served in Cambodia, Bougainville and Afghanistan. Susan held unit command of the 3rd Health Support Battalion from 2007-2009; one of three deployable military hospitals to support the Army’s Land Forces. Her military service was recognized with the award of the Conspicuous Service Cross in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009.

She is a longstanding member of AMA and was awarded the Australian Medical Association Award (SA) for Service to Medicine in 2011. In 2014, she was elected to AMA Federal Council as the specialty representative for Surgeons and served in this role until 2018. During that time, she contributed her expertise as a member of the Defence Health Working Group and was a member and then Chair of the Health Financing and Economics Committee (2016-2018).She was an active contributor to discussions and policy development at AMA Federal Council and AMA National Conference. At National Conference in 2017, excerpts of a play Hallowed Ground: Women Doctors at War, by The Shift Theatre, adapted from her book ‘Not for Glory: a century of service by medical women to the Australian Army and its Allies’ were performed to acclaim.

Since leaving the army, Susan has retained a strong commitment to the Defence and Veteran sector. As the inaugural Associate (adjunct) Professor Conflict Medicine, Susan leads a developing national research collaborative investigating the gender specific effects of military service and deployment. This has included the landmark study: Mothers in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) -The health impacts of maternal deployment. Susan has provided advice at state and national levels including to the House of Representatives, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and in 2015 was CoShe is a longstanding member of AMA and was awarded the Australian Medical Association Award (SA) for Service to Medicine in 2011. In 2014, she was elected to AMA Federal Council as the specialty representative for Surgeons and served in this role until 2018. During that time, she contributed her expertise as a member of the Defence Health Working Group and was a member and then Chair of the Health Financing and Economics Committee (2016- 2018).She was an active contributor to discussions and policy development at AMA Federal Council and AMA National Conference. At National Conference in 2017, excerpts of a play Hallowed Ground: Women Doctors at War, by The Shift Theatre, adapted from her book ‘Not for Glory: a century of service by medical women to the Australian Army and its Allies’ were performed to acclaim.

Since leaving the army, Susan has retained a strong commitment to the Defence and Veteran sector. As the inaugural Associate (adjunct) Professor Conflict Medicine, Susan leads a developing national research collaborative investigating the gender specific effects of military service and deployment. This has included the landmark study: Mothers in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) -The health impacts of maternal deployment. Susan has provided advice at state and national levels including to the House of Representatives, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and in 2015 was Co-chair of the South Australian Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Veteran PTSD Centre of Excellence. Susan is Co-Patron of the RSL Virtual War Memorial and was appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial in 2018.

Susan has been a non-executive Director and Board Chairman of the Repat Foundation now the ‘Road Home’. In this role she oversaw its rebranding and transition to a specific veteran health research subsidiary of the Hospital Research Foundation. She has also served as a member of the Veterans Health Advisory Council South Australia, Ambassador for the Defence Reserve Support Council South Australia, and patron of the Virtulal War MemorialAustralia. Susan is a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Susan’s other board roles include non-executive Director of the Cancer Council SA, and she is the current President and Board Chairman of Minda Inc, South Australia’s largest Not-for Profit service provider. Minda is at the forefront of the disability sector, offering support and opportunity to more than 1,500 South Australians including accommodation, supported employment, lifestyle services and respite. Susan has demonstrated strong advocacy and leadership across a range of sectors. She developed the first stand-alone part-time training position in general surgery and initiated inaugural Wiki based Australian national sarcoma guidelines. She is actively involved in research and is widely published. Susan is passionate about sharing the stories of Australia’s pioneering medical women and has authored multiple papers. In 2014 her book ‘Not for Glory: a century of service by medical women to the Australian Army and its Allies’ was launched at the Australian War Memorial. In 2012, Susan was a South Australian finalist for Australian of the Year.-chair of the South Australian Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Veteran PTSD Centre of Excellence. Susan is Co-Patron of the RSL Virtual War Memorial and was appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial in 2018.

Susan has been a non-executive Director and Board Chairman of the Repat Foundation now the ‘Road Home’. In this role she oversaw its rebranding and transition to a specific veteran health research subsidiary of the Hospital Research Foundation. She has also served as a member of the Veterans Health Advisory Council South Australia, Ambassador for the Defence Reserve Support Council South Australia, and patron of the Virtulal War Memorial Australia. Susan is a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Susan’s other board roles include non-executive Director of the Cancer Council SA, and she is the current President and Board Chairman of Minda Inc, South Australia’s largest Not-for Profit service provider. Minda is at the forefront of the disability sector, offering support and opportunity to more than 1,500 South Australians including accommodation, supported employment, lifestyle services and respite. Susan has demonstrated strong advocacy and leadership across a range of sectors. She developed the first stand-alone part-time training position in general surgery and initiated inaugural Wiki based Australian national sarcoma guidelines. She is actively involved in research and is widely published. Susan is passionate about sharing the stories of Australia’s pioneering medical women and has authored multiple papers. In 2014 her book ‘Not for Glory: a century of service by medical women to the Australian Army and its Allies’ was launched at the Australian War Memorial. In 2012, Susan was a South Australian finalist for Australian of the Year.