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.

Find Fellows of the AAHMS

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






Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Health
Bond University

Professor Redfern is a clinician-researcher and leader in preventive cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, digital health and physiotherapy. Her research identified evidence-practice gaps in secondary prevention of heart disease and found patients not participating in traditional cardiac rehabilitation were at the greatest risk. In pursuit of better care for more patients, she conceived and led many cohort studies and clinical trials (quantitative and qualitative evaluations) in digital health and text messaging that have influenced guidelines, systems of care and stakeholders are now focused on a more lifelong, individualised approach with emphasis on survivors who do not attend traditional programs.

Scientia Professor of Public Health, Head of School, School of Population Health
UNSW Sydney

Professor Rebecca Ivers is an Australian research leader in the field of public health, with a focus on injury prevention and trauma care research. She has a distinguished track record of research that has significantly advanced our understanding of the burden, prevention and care of injury across the life course. Her research has contributed substantively and substantially to reducing injury in both young and older people, and has led to better, more culturally safe trauma care in Australia and globally.

Honorary Professor and Senior Researcher, Sydney Institute for Infectious Disease
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Sydney

Professor Lyn Gilbert, is an internationally recognised clinician-researcher. She has made major contributions, nationally and internationally, to public health policy and infectious disease diagnosis and surveillance, through influential studies of epidemiology, infection prevention and control (IPC), and ethical implications of diseases of public health importance. She has been a member/chair of numerous NSW and Commonwealth expert committees, including the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, advising on public health microbiology, outbreak control and IPC. Many of her trainees and students are clinical and academic leaders in Australia and overseas. She is a sought after, widely cited and respected media commentator.

Head of the Allergy and Lung Health Unit & Deputy Director (Research) of the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Professor Shyamali Dharmage is a world-recognised leader in epidemiology of chronic lung diseases whose research has led to paradigm changes, generated a new field of research (‘pre-COPD’) and changed guidelines worldwide. Her recognition of excellence is evidenced by national/international advisory board invitations (e.g. Lancet Commissioner in COPD), invited presentations (>90) and multiple prestigious awards (e.g. European Respiratory Society Fellow). She has >500 publications (e.g. Lancet), $74.2M funding and makes sustained professional contributions through leadership in research (e.g. TAHS&MACS PI; RHINESSA Australian PI) and mentoring/training (27 completed PhDs; four postdocs now Professor). She promotes health/medical science through education/workshops and consumer group engagement.

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Melbourne

Professor Martha Hickey is Australia’s leading research gynaecologist with a clinical and research focus on menopause. In addition to leading Australia’s largest menopause service, her research has driven evidence-based care in menopause internationally including new treatments, models of care, evidence synthesis, clinical guidelines. Critically, her research has embedded the patient voice into menopause research. Despite being Australian, Professor Hickey is the “menopause expert” for the 2022 UK NICE guidelines and also leads the Lancet Clinical Series on Menopause. In her clinical practice she established the first multidisciplinary service for managing menopause after cancer, now replicated across 7 countries.

Endowed Chair
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Professor Joshua Burns is Professor of Paediatric Neuromuscular Rehabilitation at the University of Sydney and a world authority on the measurement and management of inherited neuropathy. As Head of the University of Sydney’s School of Health Sciences, he is in a unique position to unlock the potential of allied health clinician-researcher workforce. As Director of the NSW Paediatric Gait Analysis Service, he overcomes barriers to rational therapies of neuromuscular disorders of childhood. He is inventor of ClinicalOutcomeMeasures.org, a web-based scoring system for monitoring response to treatment, housing key clinical trial endpoints based on >1M reference values from the 1000 Norms Project.

Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Melbourne

Professor Susan Walker is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist and clinical academic. She is Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and co-Director of Mercy Perinatal. Her research focuses on improving the detection of fetal growth restriction-the single biggest risk factor for stillbirth. She also co-leads international clinical trials of medications to prevent and treat preeclampsia. Susan is a passionate advocate for training the next generation of clinician-scientists. Her professional, academic and clinical leadership roles mean she can rapidly facilitate knowledge translation. She has over 200 publications and is Chief Investigator on research grants totalling more than $22 million.

Director, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research Australian Institute of Health Innovation
Macquarie University

Professor Johanna Westbrook is internationally recognised for health informatics research. She built and leads the largest health informatics evaluation research team in Australia (45 staff). Her research has extended to aged-care and her expert testimony informed the recommendations of the Aged Care Royal Commission. Her impact is reflected in publications (h-index-73, >20,500 citations) and research funding (>$70M). She is an elected Fellow of the: International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics; American College of Medical Informatics; Australasian Institute for Digital Health; and Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. In 2019 she received the NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award (health services research).

Professor of Medicine
Austin Health, University of Melbourne

Professor Ego Seeman is recognised as a global leader in the field of bone health through a series of studies that have transformed our understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of osteoporosis. His pioneering studies on bone growth in utero, and delineation of sex and racial differences in bone architecture during growth help explain the sex and racial differences in fractures in adulthood. His work in cortical and trabecular microstructural deterioration as a cause of bone fragility has provided important insights into bone fragility. He is among the top 10 most-cited investigators in the bone field worldwide.

Director, Prostate Cancer Theranostics and Imaging Centre of Excellence (ProsTIC)
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Nuclear medicine physician‐scientist Professor Michael Hofman has pioneered use of novel radioactive molecules that seek out cancer cells for both whole body imaging and also targeted treatment. These new practice changing technologies have been adopted globally including PSMA PET imaging and radioligand therapy, demonstrating greater accuracy than standard imaging, and better outcomes and quality‐of‐life compared to chemotherapy treatment. Professor Hofman has provided leadership in co‐operative clinical trials groups, training and defining practice standards in Australia and internationally.

About Fellowship with AAHMS

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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