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.

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Director Critical Care & Trauma Division
St George Hospital, University of New South Wales, The George Institute for Global Health
Fellow
2015
NSW

Over a 25-year career, Professor John Myburgh AO has been instrumental in developing, expanding and consolidating academic and medical science in Australia through outstanding contributions to education and research.

He is recognised as a leading clinician-researcher in Intensive care medicine, through the establishment of national and international research networks that have conducted trials that have had a substantive impact on patients.

He was instrumental in establishing the College of Intensive Care Medicine and continues to educate and mentor clinicians. For these achievements, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medicine in 2014.

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Monash University
Fellow
2014
VIC

Professor Christina Mitchell is a physician scientist who has made major contributions to the field of intracellular signalling and haematology. Her work has concentrated on the regulation of phosphoinositide signalling by the inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatases. She has taught the molecular basis of human diseases and haematology to science, biomedical and medical students at Monash University and has played a major role in research leadership, building research teams, and infrastructure. She is currently Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University.

Chief Scientist for South Australia
Department for Innovation and Skills South Australia
Fellow
2015
SA

Professor McMillen has an international record of distinction in the field of development. Her work has demonstrated how the nutritional environment of the embryo and fetus impacts on health before and after birth. Her work has been funded by the NHMRC and ARC for more than 20 years, her publications have been cited 5,400 times and she has received invitations to present at >75 conferences. She inspires students and staff to deliver innovation in research and education and has contributed to the work of institutions, governments and professional bodies to ensure great science supports better health for all Australians.

Executive Director, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research
The University of Queensland
Fellow
2015
QLD

Professor John McGrath’s research aims to explore nongenetic risk factors for schizophrenia. He has forged productive cross-disciplinary collaborations linking risk factor epidemiology with developmental neurobiology. He has won several national and international awards including the Premier’s Award for Medical Research (ASMR). In 2007 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious John Cade Fellowship, by the NHMRC. His research is highly cited (H = 74, over 21,000 cites). He is a member of the NHMRC Research Committee and the Australian Health Ethics Committee. He is a Director of Research Australia.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research); Professor Microbiology and Immunology
Melbourne Research, The University of Melbourne
Fellow
2015
VIC

Professor James McCluskey is a leader in the immunogenetics and biology of the Human Leucocyte Antigens (HLA) of the major histocompatibility complex. His discoveries have illuminated the biochemical basis for HLA selection of antigens, genetic control of cellular immunity and the structural basis of T cell recognition, providing a paradigm for the basis of HLA associations with human disease. He identified the mechanisms of determinant spreading in systemic autoimmunity, developed novel autoimmune diagnostics and strongly influenced transplantation matching. He has exerted a broad range of professional and research leadership including the development of Melbourne’s Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.

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Professor
UNSW Sydney
Fellow
2015
International

Professor Mattick’s achievements include delineation of the molecular architecture of the multifunctional enzyme that synthesizes fatty acids, the molecular genetics of surface structures used by bacterial pathogens to colonise epithelial surfaces, and the demonstration that most of the human genome is not junk but specifies an RNA-based regulatory system, which has fundamentally changed our understanding of the genetic programming of complex organisms. He founded the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland and the Australian Genome Research Facility, and is currently Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, acquiring technology to sequence human genomes at practical cost.

Director
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Fellow
2014
VIC

Professor Tom Marwick completed training in medicine and cardiology in Australia, before undertaking an Imaging Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, a PhD at the University of Louvain, Belgium and a Masters in Public Health at Harvard. He is currently Director of the Menzies Research Institute in Hobart, and has divided his career mostly between Australia (former Professor of Medicine and Head of Cardiovascular Imaging Research Centre, UQ) and the USA (former Head of Cardiovascular Imaging at Cleveland Clinic).

His main contribution has been in clinical research and research training, and has supervised about 30 research higher degree students – mainly clinical – including 22 completed PhDs. He was one of the initiators of stress echocardiography, and has made contributions to the prognostic evidence underlying echocardiography.

His main current research interests relate to the detection of early cardiovascular disease and cost-effective application of cardiac imaging techniques for treatment selection and monitoring.

He has published about 600 papers, reviews, chapters and editorials, and is an Editor at JACC and JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging. Professor Marwick has been the recipient of more than fifty significant research grants and several awards, including the Simon Dack Award from the American College of Cardiology, 2009 and the RT Hall Prize (2006) and Kempson Maddox Lecture (2011) of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

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Senior Scientist, Genetic Epidemiology
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Fellow
2015
QLD

Professor Nick Martin is a human quantitative geneticist interested in complex traits of medical importance. In 1978 he founded the Australian Twin Registry as a resource for biomedical and behavioural research. In recent years has moved to genome wide association studies (GWAS) to locate genes influencing a wide variety of complex biomedical traits as diverse as depression and blood cell counts. He developed statistical methods for multivariate genetic analyses which are widely used. He has won international awards, published over 1000 papers, and is a fellow of the Australian academies of both science and social science.

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Co-Director, Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases
The University of Western Australia
Fellow
2015
WA

Professor Barry Marshall is an Australian physician, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Western Australia. Marshall and Robin Warren showed that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) plays a major role in causing many peptic ulcers, challenging decades of medical doctrine holding that ulcers were caused primarily by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid. This discovery has allowed for a breakthrough in understanding a causative link between Helicobacter pylori infection and stomach cancer.

Theme Leader, Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children
South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute
Fellow
2015
SA

Professor Makrides is an international leader in maternal-infant nutrition and is recognised for her work investigating the health effects of dietary fatty acids, iron and novel dietary ingredients in the perinatal period. Her work has made significant contributions to changes in the composition of infant formulae and on changing international food laws (Codex Alimentarius), which determine the minimum safe composition of infant foods. Her multi-disciplinary research group, with over 30 staff, conducts large scale randomised controlled trials, with a focus on optimising the cognition, growth and immune development of children. Through these trials, her group has directly engaged with over 10,000 families.

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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