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, Melbourne Childrens Trials Centre
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Prof Davidson is a world leader in paediatric anaesthesia. He has led some of the most influential research in this field, with a significant impact on clinical care, and has established a global network of researchers. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal Pediatric Anesthesia and will shortly take up a positon as an Editor for Anesthesiology the worlds leading journal in the field, and will be the first Australian on the Editorial Board. His academic leadership extends beyond anaesthesia. He is the Medical Director of the Melbourne Childrens Trials Centre and also chairs the Paediatric Trials Network for Australia.


Deputy Director
Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University

Prof Jennings is internationally recognized for his innovative and high impact research on the glycobiology and virulence factors of bacterial pathogens. He has produced 146 publications and has a h-index of 43. He is inventor on 12 patent families and has a strong record of translating basic research, particularly in the area of bacterial vaccines. He has been Chief Investigator on grants awarded $36million since 2000. Since 2009 he has been in a leadership role as Deputy Director of the Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University and has a strong track record of research mentoring and post-graduate supervision.



Professor of Newborn Medicine; Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Units
The University of Western Australia, Princess Margaret and King Edward Memorial Hospital

Karen Simmer is the Professor of Newborn Medicine at the University of Western Australia. She is the Director of the Neonatal ICUs in Perth and Co-Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for preterm infants. She established the first Human Milk Bank in Australia. Prof Simmer has published over 170 original research manuscripts and has an international reputation in the effects of early nutrition and infection on child development. She has qualifications from Sydney, London and Harvard Universities. She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her commitment to paediatrics as an academic, researcher and clinician.


Professor of Geriatric Medicine
University of Sydney and Concord RG Hospital

David Le Couteur is a geriatrician and clinical pharmacologist who was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (2016), awarded the Rand Medal, Australasian Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology (2015) and Abrams award, American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2013) for his contributions to geriatric pharmacology, ageing research and drug regulatory affairs. He has over 300 publications and chapters related to geriatric pharmacology and ageing biology. He is Director of the Centre for Education and Research on Ageing (University of Sydney) and is an advocate for ageing research and improved use of medications in older people.

Senior Principal Research Fellow
Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia

Carol is highly regarded nationally and internationally for her leadership in birth defects research, providing population-based evidence for prevention, diagnosis, management and development of policy and practice. Outstanding examples are her research and advocacy on neural tube defects (such as spina bifida) and their prevention with folic acid and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and their prevention through reduction in prenatal alcohol use. She is a passionate advocate for the primary prevention of birth defects, for monitoring and evaluation of preventive, screening and treatment interventions and for the involvement of consumers and community in research.

Scientia Professor of Psychiatry
University of New South Wales

Professor Gordon Parker AO has received international recognition for his pioneering work in psychopathology, in particular research models to differentiate principal mood disorders (melancholia and bipolar II disorder) with diagnostic precision so that their causes and optimal treatments can be pursued. He has also carried out seminal work on parenting style and other psychosocial factors affecting adult psychopathology.

Parker established the Black Dog Institute, thereby enabling the translation of his group’s research, and transforming the landscape of depression awareness and treatment access in the country. He is a leading educator, mentor, spokesperson and polemicist of Psychiatry in the country.


Head, Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Westmead Hospital

Jacob George is the Robert W. Storr Professor of Hepatic Medicine, University of Sydney and Director of the Storr Liver Centre, Westmead Institute for Medical Research and Westmead Hospital. His research is focussed on liver disease, with specific themes in liver cancer, viral hepatitis, host genetics and liver disease, liver fibrosis, fatty liver disease and pharmacogenomics. His contribution is noteworthy for its breadth, novelty and extent, including in basic, clinical and translational research with over 325 peer reviewed publications and 22,500 citations.



Senior Staff Specialist in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
John Hunter Hospital

Professor Peter Gibson is a world leading authority in asthma, a respiratory physician (John Hunter Hospital), an active clinical researcher, a Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs, and a leader of the Hunter Medical Research Institute’s Viruses, Infections/Immunity, Vaccines and Asthma program. He successfully combines his skills as a scientist, clinician and mentor to lead an internationally renowned translational research centre that has made major advances in the health care of patients with chronic respiratory disease. His work combines innovation with clinical relevance, and has improved the knowledge of clinicians and scientists globally


The Doherty Institute

Dale Godfrey is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne. He is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Immediate Past President of the Australasian Society for Immunology. Over the past 25 years, working in the field of Immunology, Godfrey has defined and studied new types of white blood cells, deciphering their developmental and functional characteristics and therapeutic potential. Godfrey’s work has had a major impact, internationally, as clearly demonstrated by his outstanding publication record with many highly cited papers in top-tier journals.



Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience
University of Melbourne

Professor Furness is a leading authority on digestive physiology, especially the neural control of the digestive tract. He has been strongly involved in evaluation of therapeutic drugs and has run clinical trials of candidate drugs. He is currently the leader of a program to develop vagal nerve stimulation for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. This is projected for first in human trials in 2018.  He is one of Australia’s most highly cited scientists. He is best known for his work in analysing enteric nerve circuits and for developing the concept of neural chemical coding.

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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