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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Chief Medical Officer
Department of Health

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.

Director, UQ Genome Innovation Hub; Professorial Research Fellow
Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland

Professor Montgomery is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Coordinator of the Genetics and Computational Biology Department at QIMR Berghofer MRC. He has an outstanding track record and is recognized internationally for his studies in reproductive genetics and gene discovery of complex disease. He leads studies of the genetic contribution to important common diseases including endometriosis and in systems biology. He has published influential papers across a range of disciplines in the life sciences and medicine including papers in New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Nature Genetics, Lancet, Archives of General Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Human Genetics.

Head, Molecular Parasitology Laboratory; NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Professor McManus’s research focuses on the global elimination of neglected tropical diseases, notably schistosomiasis, a parasitic worm infection affecting 200 million of the world’s poorest people, and putting a further 800 million at risk. He has decades of transformative-research experience and his multi-disciplined team has developed novel techniques and tools, including vaccines, to eradicate this centuries-old disease, which is responsible for major human suffering and significant economic losses. He is a Senior Scientist/Head of Molecular Parasitology at the QIMR Berghofer, and a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, who holds professorial positions at The University of Queensland and Griffith University.

Vale Donald McManus, November 2022

Deputy Director
The Bionics Institute of Australia

Prof McDermott has devised, developed, and evaluated numerous commercially successful innovations particularly for cochlear implants and hearing aids. Millions of adults and children with hearing impairment around the world benefit directly from his research through improved sound perception. These and other inventions are disclosed in a number of patents and patent applications. In recognition of this work, Prof McDermott in 2009 was the first winner of the Callier Prize in Communication Disorders, a biennial award from the University of Texas, USA. He is an author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and about 200 further publications.

Director, AW Morrow Gastroenterology and Liver Centre / Head of the Liver Injury & Cancer Program
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital / Centenary Institute

Professor G.W. McCaughan is a national / international leader in Liver pathobiology and Clinical Liver transplantation/Hepatology. He has Hirsch Index of 60 / 68 (Scopus / Google) and has over 420 peer-reviewed published manuscripts. Achievements include the cloning of several human genes, understanding the cellular / molecular basis of liver transplant tolerance and liver diseases together with developing therapeutic strategies to effect clinical outcomes.
He has served as President of the International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS) and was recently awarded the ILTS 2013 Distinguished Service award. National leadership is reflected as Chair of Australian Liver Association (2009-2013) and President TSANZ 2013-2015

Executive Director, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Professor Grant McArthur is one of Australia’s leading clinician researchers in oncology. He has made seminal contributions to the field of therapeutic targeting on oncogenic protein kinases leading successful translation of research to target 4 different protein kinases that have established new standards of care for cancer patients globally. His work on targeting the BRAF protein kinase extends from the biology of BRAF mutations through phase I clinical trials and practice-changing randomized clinical studies. He has also made significant contributions to approaches to target the MYC oncogene. Collectively his work has been cited over 18,000 times.

Director, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health; Co-Director, Sydney Musculoskeletal Health
The University of Sydney

Professor Maher is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and founding director of the George Institute’s Musculoskeletal Division. He is an international leader in the back pain field and in the physiotherapy profession. He has 419 publications, ~$17.5M in funding and 28 PhD completions. His back pain research has shaped contemporary practice (137 citations across 43 practice guidelines). In 2014 Expertscape ranked him the #2 back pain researcher globally. He is recognised internationally for developing PEDro, the most comprehensive database of physiotherapy research http://www.pedro.org.au (29,000 records, >2million searches in 2014, sponsorship from 46 national physiotherapy associations, translated into 8 languages).


R.P. Jepson Professor of Surgery Director, Division of Surgery
University of Adelaide / The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Guy has experienced a successful career as a Surgeon and Academic both nationally and internationally, publishing over 400 papers in refereed journals (H index of 38). His commitment to advance academic medical and health science is evident through his involvement with Council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as member of the Executive of Council and Chair of the Professional Development and Standards Board. Guy created and developed the Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures (ASERNIP-S) which he still directs and leads. The resulting publications have received international acclaim and advanced the profession of surgery.

Principal Director
The George Institute for Global Health

Stephen MacMahon is Principal Director and founder of The George Institute for Global Health a Sydney-based research centre now ranked among the top ten research institutions worldwide for impact (Scimago 2011-2014) For his research on the management of  cardiovascular diseases, MacMahon has received many awards from learned societies worldwide. He holds professorial appointments at the University of Sydney and the University of Oxford, and in 2012 was appointed as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and the British Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci). In 2013 he was named EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year.


Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health; Deputy Dean Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Adelaide

John Lynch is an internationally recognized scholar in epidemiology and public health. He has received numerous awards including a Canada Research Chair in Population Health (2005), an honorary Doctorate in Medical Science from University of Copenhagen (2007), and a NHMRC Australia Fellowship (2009). He has more than 250 publications, a Researcher ID H-index of 57, and in 2014 he received Thomson Reuters’ “Highly Cited Researcher” status that places him in the top 1% of cited scientists in his field. He has made major innovative contributions to the field of health inequalities, child health and development that are widely internationally recognised.

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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