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, 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.

Director, UQ Centre for Clinical Research
The University of Queensland

Professor Paterson is an internationally renowned researcher, policymaker and advocate for medical research. Peer recognition and his leadership and commitment to advance research is evident given that he founded and chairs an international network of Infectious Diseases researchers who collaboratively perform clinical trials. He has mentored numerous junior researchers including winners of the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award Medal and the Rolex Award for Enterprise. He has raised public understanding of medical research during media commitments and public lectures such as the 2013 Bancroft Oration. He advocates for medical research via his role as Chair of the Queensland Clinician Scientists Association.

Vice-Principal Director and Chief Scientist; Scientia Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Cardiologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
The George Institute for Global Health

Professor Anushka Patel’s research focus is on the development and evaluation of high-impact solutions to improve delivery of effective treatments to people with or at high risk of cardiovascular and related chronic conditions. With a conjoint professorial appointment at the University of Sydney, she is currently the Chief Scientist (global) of The George Institute for Global Health, a medical research institute with offices in Sydney, Beijing, New Delhi and Oxford, focused on discovering solutions for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injury. Prof Patel has a medical degree from the University of Sydney, a Master of Science degree from Harvard University and a PhD from the University of Sydney.

For her program of health services research, which includes an innovative technology based primary care ecosystem and “polypill”-based strategies for delivering essential preventive healthcare, Prof Patel has attracted over $40 million of funding from domestic and international sources.

Professor Patel’s current roles include invited authorship of a chapter on novel models of cardiovascular healthcare for the Disease Control Priorities Project (3rd ed), produced by the World Bank for policy makers, and membership of the selection panel member for the UK Health Systems Research Initiative, funded by DfID, Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council and the Medical Research Council. She is a member of the National Heart Foundation’s Research Committee and was formerly Chair of the Clinical Trials Council of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. In 2014, she chaired the Epidemiology & Prevention Stream for the 2014 World Congress of Cardiology. Professor Patel is a practicing cardiologist and in 2011 was named one of the 100 most influential people in Sydney by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Director, John Curtin School of Medical Research and Leader, Cancer and Vascular Biology Group
Australian National University

Professor Parish is an internationally recognised immunologist and cancer biologist. His immunological discoveries have had a major impact on our understanding of the immune system and on the design of new vaccines. His cancer research has resulted in the development of novel, carbohydrate-based, anti-cancer drugs that inhibit angiogenesis and cancer spread. He has also developed important immunological techniques, such as fluorescent dyes for monitoring lymphocyte migration and proliferation, which have revolutionized immunological research. He has been very active in translating his research findings into the clinic, with the IP generated by his research underpinning five separate Australian biotechnology companies.

Professor and Director, Department of Allergy, Immunology & Respiratory Medicine
Monash University and Alfred Hospital

Professor Robyn O’Hehir is internationally acclaimed as a key researcher in allergy. Over 25 years, she invented and established the feasibility of cloning allergen-specific T cells to define T-cell epitopes. This research has translated into practical immunotherapy for house dust mite and pollen aeroallergens, and soon for peanut allergy, all progressing in trials or to the clinic. As a respiratory physician, she has pioneered use of the natural anti-inflammatory follistatin in cystic fibrosis. She was the first adult physician to hold a full Professorship in allergy in Australia, is a Life Governor of Asthma Victoria, and has 225 publications with over 10,000 career citations.

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Professor Kathryn North AM is Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne.

Professor North is trained as a paediatric physician, neurologist and clinical geneticist and in 1994, was awarded a doctorate from the University of Sydney for research into Neurogenetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Harvard Genetics Program. Her previous positions include the Douglas Burrows Professor of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney (2004-2012) and Head of the Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research (2008-2012). Her laboratory research interests focus on the molecular basis of inherited muscle disorders – particularly the muscular dystrophies and congenital myopathies – as well as genes which influence normal skeletal muscle function and elite athletic performance. Her clinical research focuses on clinical trials of therapies for muscular dystrophy as well as the development of interventions for children with learning disabilities.

Professor North has received a number of awards for her research including the Sunderland Award from the Australian Neuroscience Society (2000). the Sutherland Lecturership by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (2008), the GSK Australia Award for Research Excellence (2011), the Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2012) and the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the field of neuromuscular and neurogenetics research (2012). In 2012, Professor North was appointed Chair of the NHMRC Research Committee and Member of NHMRC Council and in 2014 was appointed Vice Chair of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, an international consortium of more than 200 institutions promoting the sharing of genomic and clinical data.

Professor of Reproductive and Periconceptual Medicine
The University of Adelaide

Professor Robert Norman’s research is in the area of reproductive health and medicine. He specialises in health around the time of conception and has initiated and led one of the most successful groups in the world in the area of paediatrics and reproductive health through the University’s Robinson Research Institute. He has won several international awards as well as being Scientist of the Year in South Australia and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013. His research has been cited more than 28,000 times and he has more than 450 peer-reviewed publications. He is an active subspecialist in reproductive medicine.

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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