The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) has released its Horizon Scanning report on The effective and ethical development of artificial intelligence (AI): An opportunity to improve our wellbeing. The report is published at a crucial time when Australia needs to keep pace with the development of AI technologies and to assure the safe, equitable […]

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The Academy has joined with the Australian Academy of Science to call on the COAG Health Council to address health data availability and linkage as a priority at its next meeting later this year. The call comes in a joint statement, published today, calling for action. This statement highlights the jurisdictional, legal and ethical regulations […]

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The Academy has responded to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s consultation on ‘Artificial Intelligence: Australia’s Ethics Framework’, welcoming the comprehensive ethical framework outlined within the consultation discussion paper, which we believe lays the groundwork for the ethical implementation of AI in Australia. Application of AI-driven technologies in health is one area that demands […]

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We are delighted that seven of our Fellows have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their valuable contributions to Australian health and medical sciences, including two members of our Council, Professor David Mackey AO FAHMS and Professor Christina Mitchell AO FAHMS.  The Academy warmly congratulates all seven Fellows, who were recognised […]

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We are delighted to congratulate our Fellows, Professor Maria Makrides FAA FAHMS and Professor Warren Alexander FAA FAHMS, who have been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science this week.  Professor Makrides is our State Branch Chair for South Australia and the Northern Territory, and also sits on our Council. Her research into […]

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We hold meetings across Australia that aim to encourage and inspire medical and clinical students, junior doctors and clinical staff, and early career researchers to become involved in research. These Life as a Clinician Scientist events help participants navigate this challenging career pathway and workshop the skills necessary to succeed in combining clinical practice with […]

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The 2019-20 Federal Budget, announced on Tuesday 2 April, brings some welcome news for health and medical sciences, but overall presents a mixed picture for Australian research and innovation. Responding to the Budget, the Academy’s President, Professor Ian Frazer AC, today said: “The government’s 10 year commitment to the Medical Research Future Fund, with further […]

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The Academy is delighted to announce the election of two new State Branch Chairs, who assume their new roles today, Monday 4 March 2019. In our NSW/ACT Branch, Professor Tony Cunningham AO FAHMS is the new Chair, replacing Professor Maree Teesson AC FAHMS FASSA. In our SA/NT Branch, Professor Maria Makrides FAHMS becomes Chair, in […]

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The Academy is calling for decisive action to ensure Australia retains and improves its competitive edge in the health and medical sciences, in the face of intensifying global competition. In a statement published today ahead of the forthcoming Federal election, the Academy has outlined five priorities for Government to ensure Australia remains a global leader […]

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We are delighted that 14 of our Fellows have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours list. Two of our Fellows received the highest honour – appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). Professor Kathryn North, who is a member of the Academy’s Council, was appointed AC for her eminent service to genomic […]

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