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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President and Principal
King’s College London

Professor Shitij Kapur, is a psychiatrist neuroscientist and has devoted his academic career to finding better treatments for Schizophrenia. His study of anti-psychotic drugs using brain imaging and clinical trials has helped understand why some patients respond while others get side-effects, and he has contributed to better dosing and timing of these medications – leading to over 300 publications, 30,000 citations, and several international awards. Professor Kapur has also served in important leadership roles, leading Canada’s (2003-2007), and then Europe’s (2007-2016) premier institutions for mental health and addiction research. He currently serves as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Melbourne.

Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital

Professor Jonathan Kalman is an NHMRC practitioner fellow who leads both clinical and research groups in the Department of Cardiac Arrhythmias at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne. He has a national and international reputation as a leader in the field of atrial arrhythmias and has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications (H Index 74, over 27,700 citations), more than 40 book chapters and delivered over 200 invited lectures at national and international meetings. His areas of research interest include the mechanisms, treatment and prevention of atrial arrhythmias. His work has repeatedly influenced clinical guidelines and consensus documents.

Director, Centre for Big Data Research in Health
The University of New South Wales

Professor Jorm is an acknowledged authority in the areas of health system performance, health surveillance, data linkage and Aboriginal health. She not only led development of the world’s first population health ontology, her subsequent ‘determinants of health’ ontology class was incorporated into the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Health Interventions. Her frequent world-first research achievements are matched by her national and international profile, with many esteem measures to her name including a 2015 NHMRC ‘10 of the best’ award for her Indigenous Health Outcomes Patient Evaluation (IHOPE) study.

Dean and Head of School, Sydney Medical School
The University of Sydney

Professor Jones is an outstanding clinician scientist whose research spans population health, clinical, and laboratory research. She is internationally recognised as an expert in infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance. Professor Jones is the Stevenson Chair in Paediatrics and Head of the Department of Paediatrics at The University of Melbourne. She is Executive Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, a NHMRC recognised Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre. As President of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, and member of the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, she plays a key role in shaping government policy.

Deputy Head, Diabetes Department
Monash University

Professor Jandeleit-Dahm is a clinician scientist (FRACP) and NHMRC Senior Research fellow with an established track record in diabetes and its complications. She is considered a national and international leader in diabetes research and has made seminal discoveries on new targets to treat diabetic complications. She has been successful in obtaining ongoing grant funding. Currently, Professor Jandeleit-Dahm is Deputy Head of the Department of Diabetes at Monash University. She has over 150 highly cited publications. She holds two Professorships at Monash University and the University of Hannover, Germany, and leadership positions in education, research and health policies. She was the President of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society 2010-2014. She is committed to advancing medical and health science as evidenced by her ongoing involvement in peer review (NHMRC, JDRF), editorial roles and advisory board commitments.

Head, Centre for Population Health
The Burnet Institute

Professor Hellard is an infectious disease physician, public health physician and researcher; she is recognised as a global leader in epidemiology and clinical care especially in the fields of hepatitis C and HIV among key populations, and for using new technologies in health promotion. Her work has directly informed policy direction and practice in Australia and globally. Her research experience, paired with her clinical and public health expertise has led to roles on numerous national and international advisory committees, taskforces and working groups, including being current co-Chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV and Viral Hepatitis.

Director of Cancer Research
The University of Melbourne

Professor Grimmond is internationally recognised as a leader in cancer genomics, a pioneer of transcriptomics, and a committed advocate to genome-directed medicine. Over the last 25 years he has led a broad research program which uses transcriptome dynamics and genome content to uncover the underlying genetics controlling malignancies, developmental defects and pluripotency. Since 2009, Professor Grimmond has led Australia’s contribution to the International Cancer Genome Consortium and resolved the root causes, driving mutations and potential therapeutic targets present in some of our most challenging malignancies including pancreatic, melanoma, ovarian, neuroendocrine, and oesophageal cancers.

Director of Melbourne Sexual Health Care
Alfred Health

Professor Fairley has substantially improved sexual health services over many years. He was the first to recognise that access to health care was the key driver of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in Indigenous communities (Hansard 1997). He has led innovations in sexual health services in Australia and internationally that have materially improved access to services including ‘virtual’ services for notifying sexual partners and remote testing, and most recently a web site that diagnoses STls using a Bayesian mathematical algorithm. Currently he is working on a new paradigm for the transmission of gonorrhoea that may provide a condomless control intervention (using mouthwash).

Director, Health Protection
Hunter New England Health

Professor Durrheim is a leading public health advocate, researcher and practitioner in surveillance innovation, outbreak response, and immunisation service improvement in Australia and globally. He is expert adviser to WHO in the African and Pacific Regions. His global standing is exemplified by being appointed to the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization, currently serving on two SAGE working groups. David chairs the Australian Polio Certification Committee and Western Pacific Regional Measles Elimination Verification Commission, and is on the Scientific Organizing Committee of the Global Vaccine and Immunisation Research Forum, setting and monitoring the global vaccine research agenda.

Head, Experimental and Viral Immunology
Monash University

Professor Degli-Esposti is an eminent researcher of international standing and a leader in the field of viral immunology. She has made multiple seminal contributions to understanding the immunological pathways invoked in response to viral infection and the pathophysiology of the resulting disease. Her work has been the subject of highly cited papers in prestigious journals and she is regularly invited to speak at premier international conferences. Insights from her studies are guiding the improved management of chronic viral infections and their complications, including the development of autoimmunity and transplant-related disease. Professor Degli-Esposti also plays a major service and leadership role.

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.

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 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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