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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To find Fellows of our Academy either use the search form below or download the full list of current Fellows here.

About Fellowship with AAHMS






NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
La Trobe University

Professor Hylton Menz is a podiatrist and NHMRC Fellow. His broad research disciplines are human movement, rehabilitation and rheumatology, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal foot problems in older people. Professor Menz has published 297 papers in podiatry, gerontology, rheumatology and biomechanics journals and has attracted over $10m in research funding.

Professor Menz has made significant contributions to the understanding of the prevalence, risk factors and impact of foot disorders, their underlying pathophysiology, and their optimum non-surgical management using exercise, therapeutic footwear and orthotic interventions.

Director, Infection and Immunity Theme; Group Leader, Tropical Diseases Research Group
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Professor Andrew Steer is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and Director of the Infection and Immunity Theme at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is an international authority on tropical infectious diseases. His research has established global community-based treatment programs for tropical skin infections, influenced vaccine design for group A streptococcal disease, and introduced diagnostic technologies and control programs for rheumatic heart disease.

Professor Steer is a global and national leader in these fields, evidenced by scientific leadership roles, including as Chair of the International Alliance for the Control of Scabies, and Co-Director of the Australian Strep A Vaccine Initiative.

Professor of Law
University of Tasmania

Dianne Nicol is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Law and Genetics at the University of Tasmania, and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Her research intersects law, ethics, health and medicine. She has postgraduate qualifications in science and law and uses this expertise in her research.

Distinguished Professor Nicol’s contributions to health and medicine are recognised in national policy arenas, through such appointments as Chair, NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee; member, Mitochondrial Donation Expert Working Committee; member, Genomics Mission Expert Advisory Committee; and member, Australian Advisory Council on Medicinal Use of Cannabis.

Professor and Director of Department of Infectious Diseases
Monash University

Professor Anton Peleg is a leading physician-scientist in Infectious Diseases who excels across the full research continuum, from fundamental laboratory research to clinical translation. He is an internationally recognised expert in antimicrobial resistance, and engages with government, industry and the community to influence antimicrobial use, targeting hospitals and nursing homes. His contributions to infection-immunity research, clinical trials, prevention of outbreaks, device infections and microbial genomics have been stellar and sustained.

Professor Peleg  has built interdisciplinary collaborations addressing global health issues that have impacted policy and practice through guidelines and trials, and he is an outstanding mentor, fostering a large cadre of emerging clinician-scientist leaders.


Principal Research Fellow
The University of Melbourne

Professor Tim Stinear is a distinguished microbiologist who has revolutionised our understanding of important bacterial infectious diseases by the use of cutting-edge genomic technologies. His fundamental research has led to new diagnostic tests and new insights on how infections spread in our hospitals and how bacteria are evading our most powerful antibiotics. He is a fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology.

Professor Stinear is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the neglected tropical disease, Buruli ulcer, and he is leading a ground-breaking intervention trial here in Australia to stop its spread.

Laboratory Head
The Doherty Institute

Professor Roy Robins-Browne is a medical microbiologist who has made seminal contributions to the field through research and teaching. His research has improved fundamental understanding and clinical management of the diarrhoea-associated bacterial pathogens, coli and Yersinia enterocolitica, as well as other bacteria that infect humans. His teaching has guided a generation of medical and bioscience students.

Professor Robins-Browne’s work has provided new insights into the mechanisms of disease and host pathogen interactions. Practical applications of his research include novel diagnostic methods, widely used therapeutics, research reagents, and new strategies to treat and prevent bacterial infections.




Professor and Director of Neurogenetics
Kolling Institute

Professor Carolyn Sue is a neurologist and internationally regarded for her work in Parkinson’s disease and mitochondrial disease. She is Australia’s leading mitochondrial disease clinician, running the country’s largest tertiary referral clinic and benchmarking mitochondrial disease practice. She was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to medicine, particularly mitochondrial disease.

Professor Sue’s discovery research has led to improved diagnosis and treatment of mitochondrial diseases and identified the prevalence of mitochondrial DNA mutations in the Australian community. As an esteemed health and medical researcher, she was appointed Executive Director of the Kolling Institute in 2019.


Program Leader
Monash University

Professor Merlin Thomas is an internationally renowned clinician scientist in diabetic kidney disease, where he is recognised as one of the top experts globally. His translational research spans basic biochemistry and biology to epidemiology and clinical trials. He is also a sought-after speaker, teacher and best-selling author. He has an exceptional track record of productivity, publishing in journals including the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Circulation Research and Diabetes. His discovery work has led to patent applications that he has translated into early-phase commercial development.

Professor Thomas has received the Eric Susman Award from the RACP, TJ Neal Award from the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology and the Millennium Award from Diabetes Australia.


Director, The John Curtin School of Medical Research
Australian National University

Throughout a 35-year career in medical research, Professor Mann has made key contributions to knowledge of human health, many of which have changed practice, and he is recognised internationally as a leader in basic and translational research in melanoma. He has led or jointly driven major projects, partnerships and collaborations that have made melanoma research an exemplar of unquestioned leadership for Australia, as well as of effective international cooperation in research. Furthermore he has consistently supported and promoted strategic development of health and medical research at institutional, state and national levels.

Associate Director of Research, Health Service Research and Implementation Science
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Professor Karin Thursky is an infectious diseases physician, Director of the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Deputy Head of Infectious Diseases at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Her highly productive clinician research career spans both adult and paediatric infectious diseases, infections in cancer, computerised decision support and antimicrobial stewardship in animals and humans. As a skilled health services researcher, she has successfully implemented and scaled clinical pathways for sepsis and neutropenic fever. She is widely recognised as a pioneer in the design and implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs in Australia and has national and international leadership roles.

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

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.

To ensure the Academy has a representative and diverse membership, Fellows nominating two new candidates are asked to include only a maximum of one man, and Fellows nominating four new candidates are asked to include only a maximum of two men.

How to make a nomination

Fellows wishing to nominate a candidate for Fellowship should contact the secretariat to confirm candidate eligibility and receive and instructions on how to submit the completed nomination documentation online. 

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 2023
Newly elected Fellows of 2023 are inducted at the Annual Meeting.

18 September 2023- 30 November 2023
Nominations are invited from existing Fellows until the closing date of 30 November.

December 2023
Nominations allocated to Selection Committees.

January – April 2024
Referees’ reports sought.

Early May 2024
Selection Committees meet to consider nominations and provide final recommendations to the Council.

Early-to-mid-July 2024
Council meets to finalise recommendations.

Late July 2024
Full Fellowship invited to comment on recommended new fellows.

August 2024
Election results are shared with proposers and candidates (under embargo).

October 2024
Newly elected Fellows of 2024 inducted at the Annual Meeting.

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