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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NHMRC Investigator Fellow; Professor of Reproductive Immunology
The University of Adelaide
Fellow
2015
SA

Professor Sarah Robertson is a world-renowned reproductive scientist whose innovative work on cytokines and immune cells underlies advanced understanding of the origins of health at conception. She has demonstrated that cytokines and immune cells regulate embryo implantation and development, and that seminal fluid contributes to the immune changes that promote female receptivity to pregnancy. Her work shows that the immune system channels environmental signals from both parents to contribute to healthy pregnancy and shaping offspring phenotype after birth. She is a public advocate of reproductive health and her discoveries are improving reproductive medicine and providing insight into early determinants of child health.

 

Professor of Infection Prevention and Vascular Access
University of Queensland
Fellow
2015
QLD

Professor Claire Rickard is an internationally respected nurse researcher who has made outstanding contributions to the field of vascular access. She established and is Director of the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR), and is 2nd Chief Investigator of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Nursing Interventions in Hospitalised Patients, both based at Griffith University. Professor Rickard leads a team of >100 researchers and clinician scientists, has >100 publications including in The Lancet and mentors numerous junior researchers. Professor Rickard was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2013.

Head, Melbourne Medical School
The University of Melbourne
Fellow
2015
VIC

Professor Prins is a Key Opinion Leader in Diabetes and Endocrinology and a Clinician-Scientist with an international reputation. He has demonstrated sustained excellence in research, teaching/supervision and clinical care. In parallel, he holds leadership positions in both the health care and academic sectors, including as a Director of Metro South Hospital and health Service,with a budget of $1.9b. Professor Prins also has substantial commercialisation and industry experience, plus has ongoing roles in numerous funding agencies (particularly NHMRC) and NGOs. This includes publication, grant and fellowship reviews and scientific & clinical advisory roles for local, national and international organisations.

 

Winthrop Professor
Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia
Fellow
2015
WA

Prof Susan Prescott is founding President of the Developmental Origins and Health and Disease (‘DOHaD’) Society of ANZ, dedicated to providing strong evidence, education and advocacy around the importance of ‘healthy start to life’. She is internationally recognised for her research in allergy and early immune development, and works at the highest international level of this field. She is the founding Chair and leader of the International Inflammation Network ‘in–‐‑LAME’ focused on promoting early immune health in reducing the risk of many chronic inflammatory diseases in the modern world. As well as over 230 scientific publications she has published several books for the general public promoting general awareness of these concepts.

 

Deputy Director
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Fellow
2015
VIC

Professor Petrou is a neuroscientist focussed on understanding disease mechanisms in genetic epilepsy. He has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the pathology of genetic epilepsy. His pioneering disease models have identified the pathological changes that precede epilepsy, showing that early treatment is critical for controlling seizures and the attendant quality of life destroying comorbidities. His recent work is the first to show that disease mechanism based therapies can be effective treatments in epilepsy paving the way for future precision therapeutics benefiting millions of patients and their families

 

Deputy Director and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow
St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research
Fellow
2015
VIC

Professor Parker’s international reputation in protein crystallography reflects his astonishing output of more than 100 important protein structures. His pioneering studies of membrane-associated proteins are particularly significant, since such proteins are among the most challenging targets for protein crystallography and also important drug targets. The impact of his work has been amplified greatly through the ways he has used biological understanding and drug discovery to complement the structural information he has provided to collaborators. He has received several prestigious awards including the Ramaciotti Medal for Biomedical Research (2011) and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (2010).

 

Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor; Head, Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo)
Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Fellow
2015
VIC

Professor Terry Nolan AO is an eminent public health researcher of international standing. His research has been principally in immunisation and clinical trials of new vaccines. He has over 220 publications including 205 in refereed journals and over $40m in grant funding. His research has made pivotal contributions enabling licensure of several vaccines now used worldwide, including HPV vaccine, penta and hexavalent combination paediatric vaccines, meningococcal vaccines (B, ACWY combinations), pandemic inactivated influenza vaccines (H1 and H5), live influenza vaccine, varicella and MMRV vaccines. He is a leader in research policy in Australia, and in the measurement of research impact.

 

Co‐Head, Division of Cancer and Haematology
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Fellow
2015
VIC

Prof Nick Nicola has made profound and enduring discoveries in the field of the molecular regulation of white blood cells. His early work showed that there were four different hormone-like regulators (colony-stimulating factors, CSFs) of white blood cell production and function, and he led the purification of granulocyte CSF (G-CSF), a protein that is now in routine clinical use to treat more than 20 million cancer patients. His team also cloned three cellular receptors that mediated the actions of the regulators and discovered an important new family of signalling molecules that negatively regulate the actions of CSFs and other regulators.

Executive Director
The George Institute Australia
Fellow
2015
NSW

Professor Neal is an internationally recognised expert in the field of salt reduction. He is also an authority in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials evaluating new therapies for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. His clinical research has influenced the medical management of millions around the world and his work in food policy is changing the way that the food and beverage industry develop their products. Professor Neal has a strong focus on community engagement, is the inventor of the award-winning FoodSwitch smartphone application and appears regularly in the medical and general media.

Chief Medical Officer
Department of Health
Fellow
2015
ACT

Professor Murphy has had more than 30 years of leadership roles in the Australian Public Health system, with two distinct career phases. His initial contribution was as a clinician researcher, during which he directed a busy renal unit, lead his own research group which, inter alia, identified and characterised novel human plasma complement inhibitors, was President of the Nephrology Society and a renowned educator. More recently, he has been the longest serving and most successful CEO in the Victorian Public Health system, leading a high performing service, whilst undertaking national leadership roles in workforce reform, end of life care and informatics.

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
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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 for application forms and further instructions on how to submit the completed nomination documentation. 

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 2021
Newly elected Fellows of 2021 are inducted at the AGM/Scientific Meeting.

October 2021-November 2021
Nominations are invited from existing Fellows until the closing date of 30 November.

December 2021
Nominations allocated to Selection Committees.

January – April 2022
Referees’ reports sought.

Early May 2022
Selection Committees meet to consider nominations and provide final recommendations to the Council.

Early-to-Mid-July 2022
Council meets to finalise recommendations.

Late July 2022
Full Fellowship invited to comment on recommended new fellows.

Early August 2022
Newly elected Fellows are informed of their successful appointment.

October 2022
Newly elected Fellows of 2022 inducted at the AGM/Scientific Meeting.

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