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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AO FASSA FAHMS
Professor of Law
The University of Melbourne
Fellow
2022
VIC

Professor Ian Freckelton, King’s Counsel, has made extensive contributions to health law and policy through his roles as an academic, researcher and teacher and through his involvement in national committees. His extraordinary contributions to heath law have been both considerable and influential, particularly as the founder of the Journal of Law and Medicine, which attracts international recognition, citations and submissions.

Professor Freckelton has made further outstanding contributions through collaborative publishing, particularly through his series of edited books, including ‘Controversies in Health Law Disputes and Dilemmas in Health Law’ and ‘Tensions and Traumas in Health Law’.

Professor and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow; Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (COESB)
The University of Western Australia
Fellow
2022
WA

Professor Aleksandra Filipovska is internationally renowned for her pioneering work in mitochondrial genomics and disease. She is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre for Synthetic Biology and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. As co-director at the Mito Foundation, Professor Filipovska plays a key role in advocating for the mitochondrial disease community and mitochondrial donation.

Professor Filipovska has developed new technologies that have re-defined the mitochondrial transcriptome, its regulation, and diagnosis of patients with mitochondrial and metabolic diseases. She has licensed her genome-editing technology, which is currently used for clinical trials of neurodegenerative diseases internationally.

Head, Department of Medicine
Monash University
Fellow
2022
VIC

Professor Peter Ebeling’s national and international recognition for excellence in health and medical science is demonstrated by key leadership roles at the highest level, including as first non-North American President of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, Past-president of the Endocrine Society of Australia and Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, and Board Member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Professor Ebeling mentors PhD students and endocrinology trainees and chairs Healthy Bones Australia, through which he has raised public understanding of bone health.

Professor Ebeling’s significant, sustained and ongoing contributions to advance health and medical science have led to changes in clinical practice and health policy.

Director, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR); Director of Public Health Pathology, NSW Health Pathology
Westmead Hospital
Fellow
2022
NSW

Professor Dominic Dwyer is a clinical virologist and infectious diseases physician, trained in Sydney with doctoral research undertaken at the Institut Pasteur, Paris. He is the NSW Director of Public Health Pathology, and Director of the Institute Of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR) at Westmead. He is an expert in emerging infections, an investigator in many antiviral drug/vaccine trials, and has published over 480 papers. He has worked with the World Health Organization, including as a member of the WHO Study of the Origins of SARS-CoV-2 (Wuhan 2021).

Professor Dwyer has a prominent media presence, and has worked on various international and national committees and advisory boards.

Professorial Research Fellow of Infectious Diseases Immunology
James Cook University
Fellow
2022
QLD

Professor Denise Doolan is a Professorial Research Fellow and Acting Director of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University. She is a molecular immunologist with multidisciplinary research focuses on developing therapeutics and diagnostics for infectious diseases that impact global public health.

Professor Doolan’s research has provided critical insights into multiple facets of malaria immunology, vaccine antigens, and vaccine and diagnostic platform development, extending to the more general fields of immunology, vaccinology and public health. Professor Doolan champions health and medical research and capacity development for populations in the tropics, including regional Australia.

Professor of Medicine; Head, Eastern Health Clinical School
Monash University
Fellow
2022
VIC

Professor Ian Davis is a medical oncologist with over 30 years’ experience and primary clinical and research focus in genitourinary cancers. He founded and chairs the ANZUP (Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate) Cancer Trials Group and is the global co-chair of international ANZUP ENZAMET trial. This trial demonstrated improved survival with enzalutamide for metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer and has led to regulatory approval in US, Europe, Japan, and Australia, leading to multiple awards, including the 2020 Trial of the Year.

Through ANZUP, Professor Davis has established a global genitourinary cancer clinical trials network and mentored many senior clinician-researchers.

Group Leader, Cancer Immunotherapy Laboratory
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Fellow
2022
VIC

Professor Phillip Darcy is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Group Leader at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His work has been pivotal in developing novel T cell-based immunotherapy approaches for cancer patients. In particular, his studies involving the development of technology using gene‐modified T cells expressing chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) in preclinical models has led to licensing of an international patent to industry partners and underpins five FDA/TGA‐approved therapies for CD19+ blood cancers.

Professor Darcy’s work has also been integral in the first CAR T cell trial undertaken in Australia.

Head of Paediatrics
The University of Adelaide
Fellow
2022
SA

Professor Jenny Couper is a practising clinician and researcher who leads innovations for children at-risk or with type 1 diabetes. Her research is in the prevention of type 1 diabetes and the prevention of cardiovascular complications. She heads the first global investigation of the early life origins of type 1 diabetes and co-leads prevention trials. Through her work, she has found ways to detect cardiovascular disease early in children with type 1 diabetes and shown the benefits of exercise, diet and medication.

Professor Couper trains paediatric endocrinologists, writes international guidelines and facilitates international training on the International Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Diabetes Advisory Council.

Professor In Biostatistics
The University of Melbourne
Fellow
2022
VIC

Professor Leonid Churilov is a clinical biostatistician who led complex and comprehensive design and analysis of acute and recovery stroke trials that resulted in global changes in clinical practice, and are internationally recognized through multiple publications in the highest impact medical journals including NEJM, The Lancet and JAMA.

Professor Churilov led the development, and wide adoption by the Australian stroke clinical community, of novel clinical trial designs, original analytical approaches and outcome measurements from “bench-to-bedside”. His decision-modelling effort provided analytical underpinnings for acute stroke processes of care adopted both nationally and internationally, including the activities of the first Australian stroke ambulance.

Senior Research Fellow and Group Leader
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Fellow
2022
VIC

Professor David Burgner is a practising paediatric infectious diseases physician, leads the Inflammatory Origins Group and co-leads the LifeCourse longitudinal observational cohorts initiative at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is Education Officer for the World Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases.

Professor Burgner is an international authority on understanding the susceptibility and consequences to childhood infection and inflammation, particularly in relation to the development of cardiometabolic disease risk. He is an internationally-recognised clinical and scientific leader in Kawasaki disease and has made major scientific, clinical and policy contributions to the Australian response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the hyperinflammatory post-infectious syndrome in children.

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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