Fellowship

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences elects the best and brightest minds in the field of medical and health sciences as Fellows.

Fellows are elected in recognition of their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the sector. The Fellowship are acknowledged for their clinical, non-clinical, leadership, industry and research contributions.

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Medical Director & Director, Metro South and Ipswich Nephrology and Transplant Service (MINTS)
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Fellow
2019
QLD

Professor David Johnson is a national leader in basic and clinical research in renal medicine, particularly in acute kidney damage and in peritoneal dialysis, with over 800 publications and 100 invited international keynote and plenary research presentations. He is founder director of a major renal research unit in Brisbane, and for over 10 years has been director of the Australian Kidney Clinical Trials Network.

Chair, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
The University of Adelaide
Fellow
2018
SA

Professor Wormald is Chair of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Professor of Skull Base Surgery in the University of Adelaide. He leads a 28-person research team examining the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis and has led the paradigm shift in the understanding of the role of bacteria in this common disease. He has developed numerous surgical procedures both in endoscopic sinus as well as skull base surgery. This has included over 30 surgical instruments. He has led a very strong translational research program addressing the healing of the sinuses after surgery with his first product recently receiving FDA approval. He is currently leading research into 5 new non-antibiotic treatments for sinus disease including the world first use of bacteriophage in this disease. Professor Wormald has over 370 publications as well as 5 books and is highly sought after as world leader in surgical techniques, cutting edge research and development of new treatments.

Group Leader, Brain and Mitochondrial Research
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Fellow
2018
VIC

Professor Thorburn is one of Australia’s foremost genetics experts, with a focus on mitochondrial energy generation disorders, and is widely recognised as a world leader in inherited metabolic diseases. For the past 25 years, he has worked with children with disabling and potentially lethal mitochondrial disorders, discovering genes that cause these conditions and developing effective diagnostic tests to guide treatment. He has published over 150 research articles and his work is highly cited by researchers and clinicians (over 7,700 career citations). His standing internationally is also demonstrated by invitations to international conferences and invitations to participate in scientific advisory committees.

Director, Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders
The University of Adelaide
Fellow
2018
SA

Professor Sanders is a clinician-scientist leading both clinical and research groups at the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders at The University of Adelaide, SAHMRI and Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is a cardiac electrophysiologist who is an international authority of heart rhythm disorders. His multi-disciplinary program has an established translational focus. He has 395 peer-reviewed publications cited 21779 times and over 275 invited national and international scientific presentations.  He has won the Parmley Prize for Mentorship (ACC 2013 & 2016); RT Hall Prize (CSANZ; 2015); Highest ranked NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (2013); Scopus Young Australian Medical and Medical Sciences Researcher (2010). He is currently supervising 15 PhD students and has had 21 complete since 2005.

Director, Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)
Deakin University
Fellow
2018
VIC

Professor Jo Salmon has spent 20 years researching the impact of sitting on health and the effectiveness of interventions to reduce youth sitting time. This applied research has been adopted by government health and education departments for implementation in schools nationally and internationally. Her research has also informed children’s physical activity and sedentary guidelines in Australia, as well as population monitoring of these behaviours. Salmon is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, has over 300 publications, an H-Index of 65, and has been an investigator on 31 nationally competitive grants ($16 million) and 14 international studies, including the NIH (US$7.7million).

Professor of Global Health
The George Institute
Fellow
2018
NSW

Professor Anthony Rodgers has played an internationally recognised role in measuring major risks to health, being appointed by WHO to author their annual report. He co-initiated numerous landmark studies in cardiovascular disease prevention/treatment, including the Asia Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration, involving more than 50 studies and 600,000 participants.
Rodgers also developed the first m-Health smoking cessation program. Now part of the WHO/ITU initiative ‘Be healthy, be mobile’, most recently in 2016 enrolling over 2 million participants in India. Finally, he led development and testing of affordable cardiovascular combination pills (“polypills”), leading an international trials program and public-private partnerships.

Professor of Medicine
The University of Western Australia
Fellow
2018
WA

Professor Bruce Robinson is a UWA Professor of Medicine, an experienced lung specialist and a leading research scientist. He is Director of an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence focussed on getting the body’s immune system to fight cancer, particularly asbestos-induced cancers, and on ‘cracking the code’ of cancer using gene sequencing to provide new targets for therapy. He is an acknowledged world leader in his field and has won numerous prestigious scientific awards, including the international Wagner Medal, awards from the RACP, AMA and TSANZ and the Premier’s Science Award. In 2013 he was named Western Australian of the Year.

Theme Leader, Nutrition and Metabolism
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
Fellow
2018
SA

Professor Chris Proud has made numerous important contributions to understanding the fundamental mechanisms that control the function of animal cells. In particular, he studies how nutrients, hormones and other signals control gene expression. This is integral to understanding diverse diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders. He collaborates widely and his work has received >24,000 citations. Before joining the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute as inaugural Theme Leader for Nutrition & Metabolism, he played leading research roles at Universities in the UK (Kent, Southampton and Dundee) and Canada (British Columbia) and mentored many trainees and junior group-leaders.

Consultant Medical Oncologist
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Fellow
2018
VIC

Professor Kelly-Anne Phillips is a medical oncologist and researcher at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. As a highly productive clinician-researcher, she treats women affected with breast cancer and runs a prevention clinic for those at high risk, while concurrently leading internationally recognised research related to breast cancer genetics and treatment. Her research, and related health policy advocacy, have led to better and more socially equitable breast cancer treatment and prevention options for Australian women. She is also recognised as an effective mentor of junior clinician-researchers. She has authored 129 peer reviewed publications, resulting in over 10,000 citations and an H-index of 41.

Division Head
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Fellow
2018
VIC

Professor Marc Pellegrini is an infectious diseases physician, Division Head at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Honorary Professor  at The University of Melbourne, Honorary NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, and member of NHMRC Translational Faculty and Assigner Academy. His research bridges the gap between basic science and translation into the clinic. He is internationally recognised for seminal discoveries on host-pathogen interactions that resulted in 16 clinical trials worldwide, including interleukin-7 immunotherapy, which is now an approved treatment for the previously fatal disease caused by JC virus; and his novel approach to clearing hepatitis B infection that are potentially relevant to HIV and tuberculosis.

Our Fellows sit at the heart of everything we do. They represent Australia’s leading minds in health and medical sciences, having been recognised for their clinical, non-clinical, leadership, industry and research contributions.

To be considered for election to the Academy’s Fellowship, a candidate must show exceptional professional achievement in a field related to health and/or medicine.

Fellows contribute to the projects and activities of the Academy and must be willing to be active participants. 

Successful Fellowship candidates will have shown:

  • Outstanding leadership in their field.
  • Significant and ongoing involvement with issues of health care, prevention of disease, education, research, and health services policy and delivery.

Candidates for Fellowship should meet the following criteria:

  • National and International recognition for excellence in health and medical science
  • Significant, sustained and ongoing contributions to advance health and medical science in Australia (relative to opportunity)
  • Contribution to the profession through leadership and mentorship
  • Raised public understanding and promoting health and medical science in the broader community
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Download criteria for Fellowship

Each year, current Fellows of the Academy are invited to nominate up to four new candidates who meet the criteria and fulfil the required expectations.

Nominations by a Fellow of two new candidates must ensure that at least one nomination is a woman. Nominations by a Fellow of four new candidates must ensure that at least two nominations are women.

How to make a nomination

Fellows wishing to nominate a candidate for Fellowship should contact the Secretariat for application forms and further instructions on how to submit the completed nomination documentation. 

Fellows wishing to nominate a candidate for a Corresponding Fellowship should contact the Secretariat for more information.

Secretariat contact details
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07 3102 7220

Nomination guidelines for ordinary Fellowship

October 2021
Newly elected Fellows of 2021 are inducted at the AGM/Scientific Meeting.

October 2021-November 2021
Nominations are invited from existing Fellows until the closing date of 30 November.

December 2021
Nominations allocated to Selection Committees.

January – April 2022
Referees’ reports sought.

Early May 2022
Selection Committees meet to consider nominations and provide final recommendations to the Council.

Early-to-Mid-July 2022
Council meets to finalise recommendations.

Late July 2022
Full Fellowship invited to comment on recommended new fellows.

Early August 2022
Newly elected Fellows are informed of their successful appointment.

October 2022
Newly elected Fellows of 2022 inducted at the AGM/Scientific Meeting.

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