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






Head of Inflammation Division and Professor/Director Rheumatology Unit
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Royal Melbourne Hospital & University of Melbourne

Professor Ian Wicks is Head of the Rheumatology Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Head of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute’s Inflammation Division. His Research on inflammatory diseases enabled him to identify several cytokine receptors as novel therapeutic targets. He led collaborations to develop therapeutic monoclonal antibodies against these targets. One of these has completed successful Phase 2 Trials for rheumatoid arthritis and two others are poised for evaluation in other inflammatory diseases. His contribution extends to leadership roles in Rheumatology, teaching, training and clinical research. He serves on the NHMRC Translational Research Faculty and peer-reviews at national and international levels.

Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor, Chronic Disease and Ageing
Monash University

Professor McNeil’s research activities have involved the application of epidemiological methods to problems in clinical medicine and public health.  In recognition of his service he was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in 2009.  Professor McNeil has developed a strategy to undertake large community based intervention trials successfully, as demand for new preventive interventions become ready for evaluation.  He currently heads the largest clinical trial in Australia.  He has also developed the strategy to benchmark hospital performance using the clinical quality registries, and is leading the largest Australian centre for registry science.  Professor McNeil has been involved in a variety of leadership roles which includes directorships in institutions nationally and internationally.

Joint Division Head, ACRF Cancer Biology and Stem Cells
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Jane Visvader has made seminal contributions to the fields of mammary biology and breast cancer. Her team achieved a very significant breakthrough in health and medical sciences, with the isolation of breast stem cells. This work and her subsequent identification of master regulators of mammary gland development and cells of origin of cancer have altered our understanding of breast cancer, and pioneered a new field of research – Breast stem cell biology. Collectively these findings have laid a framework for translating basic discoveries to the clinic, aiming for improved breast cancer outcomes for the next generation of women.

Director, Kolling Institute Medical Research
University of Sydney

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Sydney and President Elect of the Perinatal Society Australia and New Zealand and a Board Member of the Global Obstetric Network (GoNET). Awarded Member of the Order of Australia for his clinical, research, education and advocacy work in Women’s Health. Professor Morris has over 160 publications and has held continuous NHMRC Funding for over 10 years as Chief Investigator A. He leads a perinatal research group at The Kolling Institute, of which he is the Director, which has 40 members, and extends from basic science to population and health service research.

Director, Menzies Health Institute Queensland
Griffith University

Over the past 15 years, Professor Scuffham has made significant contributions to the field of health economics and policy. He has led research and commercial work ($8.3m since 2011) which has greatly impacted health policy decisions and expenditure (~$3.3b over next 5 years) in Australia. His commitment to advance the field of health economics in Australia has been demonstrated through his strong leadership and community engagement. He has developed a national and international research profile publishing >200 peer-reviewed journal articles (plus >100 reports) and holds editorial positions with leading journals in the field (Value in Health and Medical Decision Making).

Senior Principal Research Fellow
Neuroscience Research Australia

Professor Rob Herbert is recognised as a world leader both in clinical trials of physiotherapy interventions and mechanisms of motor impairment. He has led major studies with important findings in both fields. He has published widely in leading journals (>175 full-length papers; world’s 6th most published researcher in physiotherapy). He holds an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship. He established the online PEDro database of randomised trials in physiotherapy which is searched over 2 million times per year and he has been a pioneer of evidence-based physiotherapy in Australia and internationally.

Clinical Director
The Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Trevor Kilpatrick has advanced basic neuroscience and clinical neurology through several important discoveries that determine how key cellular interactions are established and maintained in the brain.  He identified neural stem cells, interrogated their growth factor responsiveness, and established that neurons and glia interact in the healthy brain in ways that are disrupted in multiple sclerosis (MS).  He has identified the key genetic and environmental factors that contribute to risk of MS, providing insights into its aetiology and pathogenesis.  Using novel translational paradigms, he identified new therapeutic candidates that optimize neural protection and repair in MS and other neurological disorders.

Principal Director
The George Institute for Global Health

Professor Robyn Norton is the founding Principal Director of one of the most successful medical research institutes in Australia, The George Institute for Global Health. Established in 1999 with 3 permanent staff, the Institute now includes over 500 individuals, headquartered in Sydney, with additional centres in China, India and the United Kingdom. Professor Norton is a globally recognised leader in injury research, which includes initiating and leading the first of a number of high impact trials conducted in the field of critical care. Her pioneering work on injury prevention in low and middle income countries is globally recognised.

Director of Serology, Virology and OTDS screening (SAViD). Chair Biosecurity Quality Assurance Program QAP
SEALS Department of Microbiology, NSW Health Pathology

William Rawlinson is a clinician scientist recognised internationally for translational research into cytomegalovirus, congenital malformation from infections, and viral diseases of immunosuppressed patients.  He established, and oversees, serology and virology clinical research programs, state-wide transplant donor screening, and national quality programs for serology and biosecurity.  He is conjoint professor at UNSW while holding an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship.  His research has attracted $41 million in competitive funding and his 290 publications have an H-index of 52.  His contributions are recognised by an Order of Australia (AM) for services to medical sciences, Fenner prize, and the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Gold medal.

Director and CEO
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Professor Fabienne Mackay is an internationally renowned immunologist who has published over 138 highly cited research articles and reviews. Her h-index is 56 (12,396 citations). In 2012, she was awarded the Thomson Reuters Citation and innovation Award, and in 2014 a Trophy from the French ministry of foreign affairs for outstanding achievement in research and education as an expatriate. One of her many contributions has been the discovery of BAFF/BLyS as a key factor driving lupus, a breakthrough discovery which led to the development of a now FDA-approved BAFF inhibitor: the first new treatment for lupus in over 50 years.

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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