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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AO FAA FTSE FAHMS
Director and Head, Division of Blood Cells and Blood Cancer
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research / The University of Melbourne
Fellow
2015
VIC

Professor Douglas Hilton is an expert in the field of molecular regulation of blood cell production and cytokine signal transduction. His creative discovery spans four distinct areas of molecular haematology: leukaemia inhibitory factor, cytokine receptor family, suppressors of cytokine signalling, and identification of haematopoietic regulators through a large-scale forward mutagenesis screen. He has applied these discoveries to real health outcomes through industry collaborations. Hilton is well known for his leadership in public awareness campaigns for health and medical research and in government lobbying for more effective funding policy. He is President-elect of AAMRI and a member of the MRFF Action Group.

AM FASSA FAHMS
Co-Director, Health and Policy
Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
Fellow
2015
NSW

Professor Hickie has led evidence-based public health and clinical responses to common mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and alcohol misuse. He has initiated community programs to reduce death and disability due to depression and linked physical health problems. He has led clinical and e-health strategies for early intervention in younger persons with mental disorders. He has used modern neurobiological methods to delineate novel risk factors for depression including body-clock (circadian) disruption and blood vessel, autoimmune and infective diseases. He has led national evaluation of mental health services and advocated for greatly-enhanced investment in multi-disciplinary research and community-based care.

NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow & Laboratory Head, Molecular Medicine Division
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Fellow
2015
VIC

Professor Len Harrison was among the first to characterise the insulin receptor, including its clinical relevance. He inaugurated Australian research into the pathogenesis, pre-clinical diagnosis and prevention of type 1 diabetes (T1D). He discoveries include: mechanisms of pancreatic beta-cell destruction, the primacy of insulin as an autoantigen, protective immune tolerance induced by insulin, T-cell epitopes in pancreatic beta-cell autoantigens; insulin resistance as a risk factor for T1D and the CD52-Siglec system of immune regulation. Following ‘proof-of-concept’ studies in mice, he has conducted a series of trials, currently Phase 2b, of a nasal insulin vaccine to prevent T1D.

NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow & Professor of Neuroscience
UNSW Medicine & Neuroscience Research Australia
Fellow
2015
NSW

Professor Glenda Halliday’s research on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies is incorporated into diagnostic research criteria-only Australian on current task force redefining PD diagnosis. In frontotemporal dementia, performed the 1st large-scale clinicopathological and survival analyses, developed a disease severity staging scheme-research also incorporated into diagnostic criteria and international studies identifying novel genes and pathologies. 2006-7 president of Australian Neuroscience Society (ANS), secretary of Asia/Pacific Regional Committee of International Brain Research Organisation (2010-), and on scientific advisory boards for an international and australian research institution. 2011 ANS Nina Kondelos Prize winner for outstanding neuroscience, and NHMRC high achiever.

AM FASSA FAHMS
Emeritus Professor, National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research
The University of Queensland
Fellow
2015
QLD

Professor Wayne Hall is internationally-recognised in the fields of addiction and mental health. He has made significant and sustained contributions advancing understanding of the epidemiology of alcohol and drug use, mental disorders, and harms related to alcohol and drug use. He has made major contributions to the formulation of Australian national drug and alcohol policy as a researcher and advisor to Federal and state governments. He has demonstrated continuous and conspicuous service advancing the profession as an expert advisor to WHO, and as an elected Member of the International Narcotics Control Board of the UN Economic and Social Council.

Deputy Director and Head, Macular Research Unit
Centre for Eye Research Australia
Fellow
2015
VIC

Professor Guymer is Australia’s only academic ophthalmologist to focus exclusively on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of poor vision in our society. She established new AMD treatment clinics at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (the first Australian public hospital to do so); delivered state-of-the-art imaging and functional techniques; and contributed to a commercial genetic test to assess a person’s risk of AMD. Prof Guymer leads the world’s-first nanosecond laser intervention trial, which will revolutionise prophylactic treatment for AMD if successful. She has achieved distinction, frequently providing expert opinion to government, media and support groups.

AC FAA FAHMS
Senior Scientist and Head, Cancer and Population Studies
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Fellow
2015
QLD

Professor Green has provided an unparalleled body of evidence regarding the causes and preventability of cancers of the skin, the latter forming the basis of clinical and public health prevention strategies in the USA, Europe, Australia and of WHO recommendations. For two and half decades she has served on numerous health and medical science boards and committees, both national and international, either as member or chair and since 2008 she has served on the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection. She was Deputy Director of QIMR for 12 years till 2012. Professor Green’s contributions have been recognised in a range of professional and community awards.

AO FAA FAHA FAHMS
Executive Director
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
Fellow
2015
NSW

Professor Robert M. Graham is internationally regarded for his contributions to our understanding of cardiovascular homeostatic and disease mechanisms via adrenergic receptors and coupled signal transduction pathways; studies that have utilised the tools of molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and biophysics. Nationally he is recognised for establishing a leading cardiovascular research institute, which also provides comprehensive research training and aims to rapidly translate research advances into improved clinical care. As well as directing the Institute, he remains actively engaged in clinical medicine, in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, in community engagement and in providing leadership in academic health and medical science.

AO FTSE FAHMS
Principal Research Leader and Laboratory Head
Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University
Fellow
2015
QLD

Professor Michael Good AO is an international leader in vaccine research and development. For over 25 years he has studied immunity to the malaria parasite and to Streptococcus pyogenes with the goal of identifying novel vaccine strategies. These organisms are responsible for the loss of over 1.5 million lives each year. He is currently undertaking Phase I vaccine trials for both. He is employed at Griffith University where he holds an NHMRC Australia Fellowship. His Awards include the Eureka Prize for Leadership and a Queensland Great Award. He was elected to Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, The Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is a former Director of QIMR and a former Chairman of NHMRC Council.

 

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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