Deborah Bush

MNZM. QSM. Dip Tchg. LSB

Chief Executive Endometriosis New Zealand

Director EPP Coaching and Consulting

World Endometriosis Society Board

Woman of the Year 2012 Health and Science


Deborah co-founded Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) and is currently based in Christchurch.   

She has had a global influence on health promotion and prevention of endometriosis and is recognised as having expert knowledge in her field.  Using her experience as a teacher, she developed the world’s first Menstrual Health and Endometriosis adolescent education programme in schools in 1997 (‘me’). A unique well-health model promoting early intervention and appropriate management, ‘me’ is profoundly influencing positive change and improved health outcomes for this age group.  Deborah has contributed to the medical literature through published articles, stories and books. 

She is a popular, entertaining and motivational speaker and has frequently presented at international academic conferences and as key note speaker and MC at many functions.   She was described by the judges at the Woman of the Year Awards in 2012 as “a pioneer, a visionary, a highly effective lay person in a specialised medical world bringing relief from disability and pain to thousands.” 

Deborah has established and maintains:

  • a national charitable non-government organisation, Endometriosis NZ
  • health initiatives and ground-breaking programs designed for schools, workplaces, hospitals and CME and communities
  • EPP Coaching and Consulting; her private practice for women and girls with endometriosis and pelvic pain with sessions offering education, well-health coaching and management strategies.  The service integrates into multi-disciplinary clinics offering treatment expertise.

Deborah’s achievements are reflected in the following awards:

  • Queens Service Medal (QSM), Queen Elizabeth II 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’ 2011 – 2013.
  • Woman of the Year – Health and Science, 2012
  • World Endometriosis Society Board, the only non-medic in the world
  • Order of Merit (MNZM) Queen Elizabeth ll Birthday Honours 2017

Pre-Booking Information – Please read and accept before continuing:

Endometriosis NZ is fortunate in having educators and advisors who are trained and well informed in the understanding, treatment, management and evidence based self-management of endometriosis and pelvic pain. Your ENZ educator / advisor is happy to listen to you and discuss treatment and management options in the hope that they can help you find the treatment path which best suit you and that matters to you.

We can provide education and well-health coaching to girls and women. ENZ educators and advisors are not doctors or nurses and are not trained counsellors. Please note that the service does not take the place of a consultation with a registered doctor or health professional.