About us

An independent voice for health and medical sciences 

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Services (AAHMS) is Australia’s Learned Academy for health and medical sciences.

  • We are an independent voice for the sector.
  • We provide expert advice for decision makers.
  • We engage with governments, industry, patients and the public.


The Academy is the impartial and expert cross-sector voice for health and medical science across Australia. We are uniquely positioned to bring together stakeholders from all relevant sectors to address the most urgent and important health issues facing society.

We are a not-for-profit charity. Find out more about how you can support us.

Our Fellows are the heart of our Academy

Our Fellows are elected by peers in recognition of exceptional contributions to the sector of health and medical sciences. They make up an interdisciplinary body of scientists, researchers and innovators in the health and medical research sectors, and sit at the heart of the Academy.

Our 479 Fellows are located in all of the states and territories in Australia and come from a variety of organisations and institutions including:

  • Universities
  • Medical research institutes
  • Health services
  • Industry bodies
  • Charities
  • Public service

The wealth of cumulative experience and diversity of expertise amongst these Fellows enables the Academy to generate a representative and authoritative voice that spans the full breadth and depth of health services and medical sciences.

Together, the Fellows of the AAHMS are able to engage with the community, industry and government for the benefit of all Australians.

We work to address the most important health challenges

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences is uniquely positioned to address the most pressing, urgent and important health challenges facing society.

Our goal is to advance health and medical research and its application to ensure benefits for all. We have been working towards that goal since founding in 2014.

Find out more about the first five years of the Academy in our document, 2014-2020: Celebrating the formative years of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

The drive behind what we do at the Academy

Our purpose

The Academy’s purpose is to advance health and medical research in Australia, and its translation, into benefits for all. We do this by:

  • Fostering leadership in our sector
  • Providing expert advice to decision makers
  • Actively engaging patients and the public

Our vision

Our vision is a future in which the health and medical sciences, with the Academy as its champion, drives sustained improvement in the health of the Australian and global community.

Our objectives

Influence policy

Provide independent and research-based expert advice on challenges and opportunities in health, enabling decisions informed by the best available evidence.

Nurture talented research leaders

Cultivate an environment in Australia in which future health and medical science leaders can thrive – where they can represent the community in which we work.

Celebrate excellence

Promote excellence in all we do, underpinned by an active Fellowship of Australia’s best and brightest researchers, which can reflect the full diversity of health and medical sciences.

Support Indigenous health and wellbeing

Strengthen our contribution to improving Indigenous health and wellbeing and the representation of researchers of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Read more about our goals in our article in the Medical Journal of Australia, co-authored by President Professor Ingrid Scheffer and Inaugural President Professor Ian Frazer.

Discover more about the Academy

The Academy is a member of the Australia Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).

We were established in 2014 and formally recognised by the federal government as a Learned Academy in 2020 under the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

We are governed by an Executive (our Board) and Council. Our patron is Professor Emeritus Sir Gustav (Gus) Nossal AC FRS FAA FAHMS. Find out more about our governance.

Corporate documents