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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Executive Director
Melanoma Institute Australia

Professor John Thompson is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost authorities on melanoma and a leading surgical oncologist. He has published over 650 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He developed the isolated limb infusion regional chemotherapy technique and was one of the pioneers for sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma. He has been a member of the AJCC Melanoma Staging Taskforce for the last two international melanoma staging systems, and the Chairman of the Working Party which created the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Cutaneous Melanoma in Australia and New Zealand.

Professor of Rheumatology
The University of Queensland, Translational Research Institute

Professor Ranjeny Thomas is an NHMRC Research Fellow recognized as an international leader in the field of antigen-specific tolerance in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). During the last 5 years, she reported the first clinical trial of antigen-specific dendritic cell therapy in RA, and attracted investment from the US-based Johnson and Johnson group of companies into Dendright, a start-up company commercialising immunotherapy for RA co-invented and patented by Thomas. If fully realized, this work will be transformative for human health in the next decade. Her research leadership is demonstrable in 2 successful program grant awards as CIA and 2 investigator-driven translational clinical trials.

Director, The Matilda Centre
The University of Sydney
Council Member

Professor Teesson is Director, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, UNSW. Her vision is to build the world’s leading dedicated translational research program for the prevention and treatment of comorbid mental health and substance abuse. She leads a large vibrant research centre (over 70 staff) spanning 7 universities internationally. The innovation of her research has been recognised through leadership of 67 grants (13 NHMRC, 2 CRE) totalling over $21.6M and over 280 publications. She is the winner of the prestigious 2014 Australian Museum Eureka Award for Mentorship of Young Researchers.

Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Melbourne Laureate Professor Hugh Taylor holds the Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne. Prior to that, he was Head of the University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology and founded the Centre for Eye Research Australia. Professor Taylor’s current work particularly focuses on Aboriginal eye health including the elimination of trachoma in Australia and the provision of eye care services. He has written more than 600 scientific papers and 30 books and reports. He has received multiple international awards and prizes and in 2001, was made a Companion in the Order of Australia.

Distinguished Laureate Professor
The University of Newcastle
Council Member

Professor Nick Talley was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (and Dean) of the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2010. He was formerly Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida where he held the rank of Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology. He currently holds adjunct appointments as Professor at Mayo Clinic, the University of North Carolina and the Karolinska Institute. He is the current President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Previously, Professor Talley was Foundation Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Nepean Hospital.

Professor Talley is a neurogastroenterologist. With a current H-index of 111 (Scopus), he is listed among the worlds 400 most influential living biomedical researchers. His research is primarily focused on functional, neuromuscular and inflammatory disorders, including eosinophilic gut disorders, functional dyspepsia, Helicobacter pylori and reflux disease.

Professor Talley is currently co-editor-in-chief of the major international journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Previously, he was co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. He was a founding Director of the Rome Foundation and a past President of the Functional Brain-Gut Research Group (FBGRG). He has been a member of Medical Deans and holds a clinical appointment as Senior Staff Specialist at the John Hunter Hospital.

Awards received include the mentorship award from the Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in 2006 and the Distinguished Educator Award from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) in 2014, the Baker Presidential Lecture Award of the American College of Gastroenterology and the Masters of Clinical Research Award of the AGA in 2000, Research Scientist Award of the FBGRG in 2004, the Distinguished Research Award from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia in 2006, and the Rome Foundation Lifetime Award in 2011. He has entries in Who’s Who (Australia, USA) and Wikepedia.

Head, Department of Respiratory Medicine
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children

Professor Stick is Head, Department of Respiratory Medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Research Strategy Leader at the Telethon Kids Institute and Clinical Professor, School of Paediatrics and Child Health, UWA. He has been a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow since 2000 and is acknowledged as a leader in early childhood lung diseases. His research interests span from cell and molecular biology to health service delivery with emphasis on translation of knowledge to improve health outcomes in children. He has supervised 12 successful PhD candidates and trained over 30 paediatric respiratory specialists, many of whom hold leadership positions around the world.

Senior Scientist, NH&MRC Australia Fellow, Professor
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Professor Smyth’s work has helped build the foundations of modern cancer immunotherapy. He is one of two major contributors to the field of cancer immunoediting, which has provided a scientific basis for the current revolution in cancer immunotherapy. He has also made substantial contributions to our understanding of natural killer (NK) cell and NKT cell biology in cancer initiation and spread, inflammation and other diseases. His work has increased the translational impact of immunotherapy on cancer treatment. He has played a leading role in developing cancer immunology in Australia and in training postgraduate students and higher-level staff in this discipline.

Former Dean, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Fellow (Non-Financial Member)

Professor Stephen Smith led the creation of the United Kingdom’s first Academic Health Science Centre with the merger of two NHS Acute Trusts and Imperial College London, becoming the first CEO and Principal in 2007 of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. These organisations are now an integral part of the NHS research structure that puts the UK at the forefront of translational and implementation research. His research with the MRC and the University of Cambridge was at the forefront of highlighting the role of angiogenesis in the non-pregnant and pregnant female reproductive tract in health and disease.

Deputy Director, Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute
University of Queensland

Professor Peter Sly is an acknowledged pioneer in understanding the early origins of lung disease and the implications for lung health in the long term. He has discovered major risk factors for the development of asthma and for the onset of cystic fibrosis lung disease, leading to a number of testable hypotheses to prevent or delay the onset of lung disease, which are currently being trialled internationally. He has been instrumental in developing methods for measuring lung function in infants which enable for the first time the study of antenatal versus postnatal environmental influences on lung growth and development. Peter Sly is at the forefront of international thinking on the prevention of lung disease in children.

Associate Director & NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Professor Sinclair’s groundbreaking research, including the discovery of the Y-linked SRY (testis) gene, underpin our understanding of normal and dysfunctional gonad development and its impact on children with Disorders of Sex Development. Importantly, he has translated his work into the clinic by developing much-needed rapid and accurate diagnostic tests. His research excellence, along with his prominent role in research translation, exemplary service to medical genetics community and more broadly as President of the Australian Society for Medical Research and member of the NHMRC Human Genetics Advisory Committee makes Professor Sinclair an outstanding candidate for election to the Academy.

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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