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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Precision Medicine Theme Leader
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Professor Hughes is an international expert in the biology and treatment of leukaemia. He led the establishment of the molecular response criteria that are used world-wide to measure response in chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and has led many of the key Global and National trials. His group has successfully developed predictive bioassays that influence the way CML patients are managed world-wide. He has given 42 keynote talks at international meetings since 2009. He has published 250+ papers with 18,000+ citations. He Co-founded the International CML Foundation in 2008 and was elected Chair in 2014.

Head, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health
The University of Adelaide

Professor Michael Horowitz was appointed to a Personal Chair at the University of Adelaide in 1995, and has been the Director of the Endocrine and Metabolic Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since 1997. His research activities are almost exclusively clinically based, relate primarily to gastrointestinal motor sensory and hormonal function, particularly in the context of diabetes mellitus/glycaemic control, critical illness, aging and appetite regulation and have resulted in 562 papers. He led the NHMRC CCRE in Nutritional Physiology (2007-12) and leads the subsequent NHMRC CRE in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health (2012-17).

Director and Head, Division of Blood Cells and Blood Cancer
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research / The University of Melbourne

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.

Co-Director, Health and Policy
Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney

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

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

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.

Emeritus Professor, National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research
The University of Queensland

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

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.

Senior Scientist and Head, Cancer and Population Studies
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

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.

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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