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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Director, Centre for Health Informatics; Director, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in E-Health
Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

Professor Coiera is internationally recognised as a leading theoretician and researcher in health informatics, and is amongst the top scientists in the field internationally. His theoretical and applied work has found broad application in the study of information system design, decision-support technologies, clinical communication, patient safety, and bioinformatics.

Scandrett Professor of Cardiology
The University of Sydney

Professor David Celermajer is Head of the Discipline of Cardiology at The University of Sydney, and Clinical Director of the Heart Research Institute. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences since 2006 and an Officer of the Order of Australia since 2014, Professor Celermajer has a sustained contribution to Health Research with career citations over 40,000 and an H-index over 90. For many years, he has taken leadership roles in Clinical and Research aspects of Cardiology, particularly in the care of teenagers and young adults. Professor Celermajer has a sustained and ongoing record of outstanding achievement in Research and Clinical Medicine.

Professor and Head, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU)
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The University of Melbourne

Professor John Carlin is internationally recognised for research and leadership in biostatistics. He is a leading figure in this key enabling discipline in Australia, having established the Victorian Centre for Biostatistics and previously co-founding the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia. His reputation is built on a combination of influential methodological research, an extensive array of major collaborations with global impact in child and adolescent health and leadership in teaching and training in statistical methods. He is co-author of a very highly cited textbook in Bayesian statistical methods and has been Associate Editor of the leading international journals Biometrics and Statistics in Medicine.

Senior Principal Research Scientist
Neuroscience Research Australia

Professor Lynne Bilston bridges the gap between biomechanical engineering and medicine, undertaking fundamental research in how soft tissues respond to mechanical loading and applying this across public health and clinical medicine. She has made fundamental advances in soft tissue biomechanics, developing novel imaging and rheological techniques. She has applied this expertise to (i) understanding biomechanics of paediatric injury (mechanisms and prevention), culminating in major changes to child restraint standards and legislation, (ii) developing new theories of pathogenesis for hydrocephalus and syringomyelia and methods to study them; and (iii) developing novel imaging methods for basic science and clinical studies of sleep apnoea.

Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and NHMRC Leadership Fellow
The University of Melbourne

Kim Bennell, a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, is a world-renowned physiotherapist and international research leader in nondrug management of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly osteoarthritis. Kim’s multidisciplinary high quality research, published in over 350 peer-reviewed publications, has influenced clinical guidelines and practice, improving outcomes for people with these conditions. She provides pivotal academic leadership through numerous national and international roles, including Executive Board member of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Kim has an outstanding record of mentoring early career researchers from various disciplines as well as translating research to stakeholders and general public.

Chair of Immunology
The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

Professor Gabrielle Belz is internationally recognised for her pioneering research into the factors that shape the development of immune protection – a feature essential for survival. She has defined the function and molecular regulators of immune subsets critical for protection against disease, and pioneered the identification of new mechanisms driving T cell development that underpins protective immunity. She generated novel experimental tools to study immune responses; and her work has had major impact internationally – she illuminated fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms to define how we generate lasting immune memory, but minimise the damaging effects of autoimmunity and immune pathology.

NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
University of Newcastle

Professor Amanda Baker is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist leading a team with the most extensive approach to treating comorbid mental and substance use disorders in the world. She is investigating novel ‘low intensity’ interventions, involving less specialist involvement (e.g., via peer workers) and flexible delivery modes (e.g., online). Uniquely, her research spans all types of mental and substance use disorders. Her outstanding contributions have resulted in numerous awards and recognition. She publishes widely, collaborates with national and international researchers, and is active on committees and boards. She is President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student and University Experience)
The Australian National University

Professor Ian Anderson is an outstanding public health physician with a primary focus on Indigenous health and policy. Over the last five years, as an academic leader and researcher at The University of Melbourne, this focus has broadened to other areas of Indigenous policy including higher education leadership.
He has been a key national leader in the development of an evidence based approach to Indigenous health policy with a particular focus on systems reform, research and evaluation systems, data and performance measurement. He has also played a leadership role in the development of an international research and policy agenda for Indigenous health.

Laureate Professor
University of Melbourne

Alan Lopez is a highly cited public health researcher whose contributions have had a major impact on health policy debates in Australia and worldwide, named in the top 10 most influential researchers worldwide by Thompson-Reuters in 2015. His seminal and continuing work on the Global Burden of Disease Study with Chris Murray is used by  the Gates Foundation to determine research priorities, and by government in Australia and WHO to prioritise major disease control programs ( e.g tobacco control). His research leadership on ‘verbal autopsy’ and vital registration systems is reducing ignorance about leading causes of death in developing countries.






Deputy Director (People)
The Burnet Institute

Professor Beeson is an exceptional public health physician and malaria researcher at the Burnet Institute. With extensive research throughout Africa and Asia in the field of malaria, his research discoveries have significantly contributed to global scientific knowledge and have led to priority candidates for vaccines being developed. As a leader of the lnstitute’s flagship Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program in Papua New Guinea, Professor Beeson’s high quality, innovative research is crucial to ensuring that the most effective interventions reach those in need in a highly cost efficient way. His work has also informed policy decisions, in turn improving maternal health.

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 2022
Newly elected Fellows of 2022 are inducted at the Annual Meeting.

Late September 2022-November 2022
Nominations are invited from existing Fellows until the closing date of 30 November.

December 2022
Nominations allocated to Selection Committees.

January – April 2023
Referees’ reports sought.

Early May 2023
Selection Committees meet to consider nominations and provide final recommendations to the Council.

Early-to-mid-July 2023
Council meets to finalise recommendations.

Late July 2023
Full Fellowship invited to comment on recommended new fellows.

August 2023
Election results are shared with proposers and candidates (under embargo).

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

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