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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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Health and Sustainable Futures)
University of Wollongong
Fellow
2015
NSW

Professor David Currow has contributed internationally to the ongoing development of palliative and supportive care.

He is one of the 10 most published palliative care researchers in the world, and has attracted competitive funding and contract work worth more than $70million.His research is now directly influencing clinical practice, policy and funding around the world. He set up and continues to lead the world’s largest collaborative clinical trials group doing phase III studies in palliative care. Most importantly, his research can be shown to be improving the care of people at the end of life internationally.

 

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

Professor Cross has an excellent international reputation, demonstrated by her involvement in five multi-country and nine country-based research consortiums/collaborations. She has received $18.5m+ for 52 research projects to advance children’s health. She founded two research centres, mentoring 120 employees, 450+ volunteers and supervising 30 higher-degree students, including helping them to publish 48 papers. She facilitates much research translation especially for school health promotion practice and policy. An intervention from 11 of her research projects is in 2,500 schools in Australia, UK and USA. She has 13 awards for her contribution to children’s research including 2012 WA, Australian of the Year.

 

Director, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Head, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Deakin University
Fellow
2015
VIC

For over 30 years David Crawford has conducted innovative research focused on improving population health behaviours, with a focus on nutrition, physical activity and obesity. He and his team have conducted a number of intervention trials to improve health behaviours and prevent obesity, with some of these currently being rolled out as part of Victoria’s prevention agenda.  He has played leadership roles in the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity, and as Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research where he has mentored many early career researchers who have gone on to build successful research careers.

 

Director of Cancer Services and Professor of Medicine
Northern Sydney Local Health District, University of Sydney
Fellow
2015
NSW

Professor Stephen Clarke is Director of Cancer Services in Northern Sydney Local Health District and Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is an established clinician and translational cancer researcher in thoracic and gastrointestinal malignancies. He is Head of the NSW State Committee of the RACP and Oncology Advisor to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and a member of the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Review Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committees of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine and Australasian GI Tumour Group. He received an OAM in 2011 and the Eric Susman Prize for Translational Research (RACP) in 2013.

Sir Hugh Devine Professor of Surgery; Head, Department of Surgery, St Vincent’s Hospital
University of Melbourne
Fellow
2015
VIC

Professor Peter Choong is an internationally recognised orthopaedic surgeon and leader in musculoskeletal research who is engaged in clinical and basic science research that covers the fields of musculoskeletal tumours, joint replacement and advanced limb reconstruction. Peter is widely published with over 260 peer-reviewed articles (H score 37) in these areas and is a recipient of recurrent NHMRC, ARC and other grant support for his work. He has been awarded the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship (2008) which is the most prestigious research award made by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to a Fellow who in the opinion of the College Council, is making an outstanding contribution to the advancement of surgery, or to fundamental scientific research in the field. Peter has also been awarded the Ivins Visiting Professorship (2003) and the Coventry Visiting Professorship (2014) from the Mayo Clinic. These represent the two most prestigious awards in Orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic. Peter has served continuously on a committee or Board of the AOA since 1996 (President 2013-14) and has held the roles of Chair of the Victorian Board of Studies, Chair of the Federal Training Committee, Scientific Secretary, RACS Chair of The Board of Orthopaedics, RACS Chair of the Victorian State Committee and Chair of the Victorian Orthopaedic Trust Scientific Advisory Group. Peter has also been programme director of surgery and Chief Medical Officer at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Director, Renal Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Stream Director, Renal Medicine and Urology, Sydney Local Health District
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Fellow
2015
NSW

Professor Chadban received the University Medal in Medicine at Newcastle, gained his FRACP in Nephrology, PhD at Monash and Post-doc at Cambridge University, UK. He ran the Transplantation Program at Monash 1999–2002 then moved to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, as a Senior-Staff Nephrologist, Head of Kidney Transplantation, and Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) Sydney University. He is President-elect of the TSANZ, executive of ANZDATA and Heads the Kidney Node, Charles Perkins Centre, USyd, leading teams in macrophages and innate immunity, clinical transplantation, diabetes and CKD, and transplantation epidemiology. He lectures extensively, advises Government, and has 185 publications, H-index 42.

Director, Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
The University of Newcastle
Fellow
2015
NSW

Professor Byles is recognised both nationally and internationally for her exceptional leadership and outstanding contribution to public health, women’s health and ageing research. Her work includes examining the role of health services, preventive activities and treatments which maintain quality of life over the life course, determining physical, psychological and social factors associated with optimal physical and mental health of men and women, and developing and evaluating health promotion and health care innovations for older people. As a founding investigator and a Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, she has provided a powerful evidence base for policy development and evaluation and has contributed greatly to health care research.

Professor of Precision and Molecular Pathology; Director, MRC/EPSRC Molecular Pathology Node
Newcastle University, UK
Fellow
2015
SA

Professor Alastair Burt has a strong international reputation for research into liver disease, leadership in diagnostic hepatopathology, and medical education and administration. His innovative research into hepatic stellate cell responses to injury led to a paradigm shift in concepts of progressive liver disease and the development of cirrhosis. He has played a key role in developing non-invasive markers of fibrosis and advancing disease and is regarded as an international expert in liver biopsy interpretation, editing the major international textbook in this field. He previously held senior leadership roles at Newcastle University in the UK and in the UK NHS. He is Executive Dean at the University of Adelaide.

AO FAA FAHMS
Emeritus Director and Distinguished Scientist
Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Monash University
Retired Fellow
2015
VIC

Henry Burger is a clinician-scientist who has made major contributions to general and reproductive endocrinology. He was a co-leader of the group which successfully isolated inhibin. He showed that it had an important clinical role in the diagnosis and monitoring of ovarian malignancy. He defined the role of inhibin in the endocrinology of the menopausal transition and menopause. For more than 30 years, he has been a leader in menopause management, particularly in promoting the efficacy and safety of postmenopausal hormone therapy. He has received numerous international and national awards and has published more than 600 papers.

Director, Monash-Cabrini Department of Musculoskeletal Health and Clinical Epidemiology
Cabrini Health
Fellow
2015
VIC

Rachelle Buchbinder is a rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist who combines clinical practice with research in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. She has made seminal and original contributions to the field, with a strong emphasis on answering clinically important questions to improve patient care and outcomes. She has published over 330 papers, received more than $15.7mill in research funding, inspired the next generation of clinician-scientists and been recognised with prestigious international and national awards. She consistently advocates for the need to reduce research wastage and improve uptake of evidence into practice and policy.

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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