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.

Find Fellows of the AAHMS

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






ANZAC Research Institute University of Sydney

David Handelsman is a world-leading authority on androgen physiology, pharmacology and toxicology arising from his sustained and wide-ranging clinical, experimental and public health research and discoveries in elucidating androgen action, use and misuse. He became Australia’s first Professor of Andrology (1996), created Australia’s first hospital Andrology Department (1999) and is inaugural Director, ANZAC Research Institute (1999). The most highly cited author and author of the major textbook chapters in his field, he has >450 papers, cited >16,000 times (h index 71) including an editorial for New England Journal of Medicine (2013) with his work highlighted by a Time magazine cover story on testosterone (2014).

Head, HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program
Kirby Institute, The University of New South Wales

Professor Andrew Grulich is an internationally renowned authority in Immune deficiency, infection and cancer and Transmission and prevention of HIV. His work has documented how immune function influences cancer risk, and demonstrated effective HIV prevention in homosexual men. His finding that infection-related cancers occur at increased risk in transplant recipients overturned thinking about the role of the immune system in cancer prevention, and led to international clinical guidelines. His outstanding profile is evidenced by senior executive roles in international professional and scientific organisations, and a Thomson-Reuters citation record in the top 1% of his field.

Head, Gene Regulation Section
Centre for Cancer Biology

Prof Goodall is a world leader in the biology of RNA and cancer progression. He has combined innovation with thoroughness to make discoveries that open new areas in RNA biology for development and exploitation. He has made seminal contributions to the understanding of mechanisms governing gene activity in cancer, through control of mRNA activity, regulation of gene expression by microRNAs, and most recently discovery of regulation of circular RNAs. These discoveries have widespread implications for understanding gene regulation in general, and in particular in immunity and cancer. His publications have received over 5000 citations in the past 5 years alone.


Professor of Human Genetics
The University of Adelaide


Professor Gecz is leading international expert in genetics of paediatric neurological disorders, intellectual disability, epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy. This is documented by his 277 scientific publications accumulating in excess of 15000 citations. Professor Gecz discovered >200 human disease genes and works tirelessly to translate this new knowledge into better health for the affected individuals and their families. He is NHMRC Senior Principal Research fellow and Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability at the University of Adelaide. Professor Gecz is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Scientia Professor
The University of New South Wales

Scientia Professor Katharina Gaus is an acknowledged authority in the fields of cellular immunology and molecular microscopy. Her work has not only completely overturned our understanding of T cell activation, but we can now image and map signalling molecules in T cell synapses with nanometre precision. Her frequently world-first research achievements are matched by her profile both nationally and internationally, with many esteem measures to her name including receipt of the prestigious Gottschalk Medal of the Australian Academy of Science.

Vale Katharina Gaus, March 2021

Laureate Professor; Director, Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs; Director, Vaccines, Immunology, Viruses and Asthma Program
University of Newcastle

Laureate Professor Paul Foster, DSc (ANU), undertakes research which has transformed the way scientists understand the fundamental molecular and cellular processes that regulate allergic inflammation, and how they contribute to the pathogenesis of asthma and eosinophilic disorders.  These include seminal findings on how cytokines (interleukins (IL)) derived from T-helper cells contribute to allergic disease.  Notably, these observations provide the platform for the pharmaceutical industry to develop new therapies for the treatment of asthma and eosinophilic disorders.  This is exemplified by successful clinical trials where inhibition of IL-5 and IL-13 has improved the health of patients with severe asthma. Professor Foster continues to play a critical role in shaping new clinical approaches to the management of patients with asthma and other airway diseases.

Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
The University of Western Australia

A Rhodes Scholar in 1982, Wendy Erber has had a distinguished scientific career in haematology with significant discoveries in malignant blood disorders translating into diagnostic pathology, and improving understanding of the formation of blood cellular components. This work has been recognised with many articles published in high impact journals. Wendy is internationally acknowledged as an outstanding clinician-scientist, combining active clinical consultancy with research and an academic career. She is Professor and Head of School at The University of Western Australia’s School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Professor of Public Health
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University

I am an academic general practitioner, currently Professor of Public Health. Formerly Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), and simultaneously Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University – where I successfully started the first private Australian university medical program –  I was previously Professor of General Practice at the University of Queensland.
A well-known evidence-based practice expert, I have written 3 books on this, and am Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections group.  My research helps translate research into clinical practice, using meta-analysis, as well as primary research methods, and has influenced prescribing worldwide for acute respiratory infection.

Vale Chris Del Mar, March 2022

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

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

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.


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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