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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Head of Biomedical Imaging and Prostate Cancer Models
Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland, Queensland University of Technology

Highly creative scientist, Professor Pam Russell, initiated cyclophosphamide therapy for autoimmunity and is internationally recognized for generating urological cancer models for study. She directed the Oncology Research Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney for 17 years, published 200 papers, patents, procured $34m in grants and mentored postgraduates and 30 postdoctoral fellows. Discoveries include antibodies to diagnose and image prostate cancer and innovative gene therapy. Regularly invited to collaborate, present worldwide, contribute book chapters, edit specialist journals, review and join global scientific committees, she founded the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, interacting with public groups. Awards include Australian honours for research contributions.


Vale Pamela Russell, February 2022.

Professor of Surgery, Monash University; Senior Neurosurgeon, Alfred Hospital
Monash University

Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld is an Australian and international leader in neurosurgery and military surgery. He has conducted seminal research in brain and spine injury, paediatric epilepsy, stem cell applications and bionic vision. He is Founding Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) and is a champion of interdisciplinary research. He is Professor of Surgery, Monash University; Director, Neurosurgery, Alfred Hospital; and has Adjunct Professorships in USA and PNG. He has had extensive engagement in developing countries and longstanding community involvement in Australia. His many appointments include Major General, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and immediate past Surgeon General, ADFReserves.

Head of Clinical Translation
Clinical Translation Centre, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Professor Andrew Roberts is a world-leader in translational research into blood cancers. His laboratory work has discovered the function of key proteins in blood cells, and guided the development of new drugs to target BCL2. His clinical trial research has led to advances in therapy for patients undergoing donor stem cell transplants, and pioneered targeted therapies for incurable blood cancers. He champions health and medical science through service to NHMRC, as chair of the Cancer Council Victoria, as a director of a national clinical trials co-operative group and as a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

Director of Therapeutics Research Centre
School of Medicine, University of Queensland

Professor Roberts is a pharmacist who, during 40 years as a practitioner, academic, and NHMRC SPRF, has focussed on medical research. His outputs include: H-index of 48, 6 books, 480 papers/chapters; 105 invited international talks; >$38m grants from NHMRC, ARC etc. He has been an APSA President, ASCEPT Councillor, University Head of School, University Research Centre Director, Director/ Chair Education Board for Australian College of Pharmacy and Chairman of TGA’s Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (Pharm) Committee. He has received the highest awards by his professional organisations: APSA Medal; ASCEPT Michael Rand Medal and Fellowship of the Australian College of Pharmacy.

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering / Deputy Dean, Computer Science, Engineering & Mathematics
Flinders University

Bridging the divide between research and industry, Professor Karen Reynolds is considered as one of Australia’s leading researchers in biomedical engineering. She is motivated by her passion to make a practical difference, and uses her experience and expertise together with her wide network of industry and clinical contacts to bring together multiple stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to healthcare problems. Karen has provided exceptional leadership within the University, within the Profession, and within the Industry. She has also provided inspiration and motivation to her colleagues and peers and to generations of students across the tertiary and secondary sectors.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Griffith University

Professor Sheena Reilly has generated a substantial body of original research in childhood communication disorders and swallowing problems, as displayed by her publications and their impact on clinical practice in this discipline. Sheena’s Early Language in Victoria Study has rapidly become internationally significant in the evolution of language impairment. It’s the only specialist cohort study with population data from infancy through to the school years. Sheena’s strengths as a teacher, clinician and researcher, together with the close partnership between the University of Melbourne, the RCH and MCRI, enable her to play a key role in the integration of research into clinical practice.

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Physiotherapy
The University of Sydney

Professor Refshauge is an outstanding musculoskeletal researcher, of high international standing. Her research in back and neck pain has changed practice among educators and clinicians. She developed new care models and stimulated vigorous international debate about neck manipulation. She is a highly sought after keynote speaker for prestigious international conferences, and contributor to book chapters, and best practice guidelines. Her visionary approach to health delivery has led to collaborations among leaders of education, government and health to further health research. Her passion for mentoring the next generation of researchers is recognized by three awards for exceptional mentorship.

Head, Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program; Head of Department, Cell and Molecular Therapies
The Centenary Institute

Professor Rasko AO is an Australian pioneer in the application of adult stem cells and genetic therapy. He is a clinical haematologist, pathologist and scientist who has contributed to the understanding of stem cells and haemopoiesis, gene transfer technologies, oncogenesis, human aminoacidurias and non-coding RNAs. He serves on many committees including Chair, GTTAC – responsible for all Australian genetically-modified organisms – and Chair, Advisory Committee on Biologicals, TGA. He co-founded and is past-President (2003-5) of the Australasian Gene Therapy Society; Vice President, International Society for Cellular Therapy (2008-12). He has received national (RCPA, RACP, ASBMB) and international medical research awards.

Adjunct Professor, United States Studies Centre
The University of Sydney

Dr Susan M Pond has a rare and remarkable combination of talents. Her deep understanding of medicine and biotechnology enables development of informed, substantiated and thoughtful scientific evidence. Her ability to work at intersections between fields enables delivery of multidisciplinary studies that achieve real impact. Her business and analytical skills have helps many individual firms survive and deliver innovative products and services. Her ability to facilitate constructive engagement between very different perspectives enables significant contribution to emerging fields and industries, and to new policy frameworks for rapidly changing national and global innovation systems.

Professorial Chair of Medicine
Kolling Institute, The University of Sydney

Professor Carol Pollock has an international reputation, with over 240 publications (H index 47; Citation index 6688 since 2009); is recognised with a Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Research Supervision and as a ‘Distinguished Professor’ by the University of Sydney. She is consistently invited to deliver lectures nationally and internationally and was Scientific Chairman of the 2013 World Congress of Nephrology. Health leadership roles include inaugural Chair of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, immediate past Chair of the Clinical Excellence Commission (remaining as a director of both organisations) and current Chair of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board.

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 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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