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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To find Fellows of our Academy either use the search form below or download the full list of current Fellows here.

About Fellowship with AAHMS






Coordinator, QIMR Centre for Immunotherapy and Vaccine Development; Senior Scientist, Tumour Immunology Laboratory
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Professor Khanna is an internationally recognized Translational Immunologist who has made major contributions in the development of cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of virus-associated cancers and infectious complications. He has also developed novel immune-based diagnostic tools which have been successfully commercialised and implemented in clinical settings. He is the founding Director of the QIMR Centre for Immunotherapy and Vaccine Development which has been recognized for excellence in research by national and international organizations. He has been invited by various National and International organizations to provide expert advice on the development of clinical guidelines and public awareness of advances in medical research.

Deputy Director
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, The University of Sydney

Professor Anthony Keech has made sustained important contributions to clinical and basic research to improve Australian and international health through his career, and continues to do so. He is an internationally-renowned cardiologist and clinical triallist with formal expertise in epidemiology, who co-directs the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre in Sydney, with over 160 personnel. He has helped to lead global trials of most of the major established treatments for the care of acute myocardial infarction and has influenced policy locally and internationally, especially in the areas of MI care, lipid management to reduce cardiovascular risk and the treatment of diabetes.

Head, Heart Failure Division, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute; Director, Department of Cardiology, Alfred Hospital
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Professor Kaye is an internationally recognised clinician-scientist working who has made a major contribution to the understanding and treatment of heart failure. Prof Kaye is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at Baker IDI and an active senior Cardiologist in the Heart Failure- Transplant Unit at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. Professor Kaye holds numerous research grants including an NHMRC Program Grant, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Grant and an NHMRC Development Grant, with cumulative competitive grant support in excess of $44M. Prof Kaye’s translational research has also created a substantial portfolio of intellectual property that has led to the invention of novel medical devices and pharmacological therapies, including 2 spin-out companies that have raised >$100M.

Executive Director
Sydney Health Partners

Professor Garry Jennings is Director of Baker IDI. He is Past President of the Asia Pacific Society of Hypertension, the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI), and of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia and Head of a WHO Collaborating Centre. He is Associate Editor of the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. A cardiologist at The Alfred Hospital and Adjunct Professor at Monash University, he performed landmark studies of the benefits of exercise, sympathetic pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, cardiac hypertrophy, indigenous cardiovascular health and clinical trials. He has published over 400 papers in peer-reviewed journals cited over 18,500 times.

Head and Professor of Medicine, Central Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Monash University, Alfred Health

Professor Stephen Jane is Head of Central Clinical School, Professor of Medicine, Monash University, Director of Research, Alfred Health and Acting Head of Clinical Haematology and The Australian Centre for Blood Diseases. He was previously a Principal Research Fellow of the NHMRC, Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne and Director of the Bone Marrow Research Laboratories, Royal Melbourne Hospital. His research interests centre on transcriptional regulation in blood and skin, and he currently holds six NH&MRC grants and international competitive funding. He has published over 100 papers including articles in Science, Nature Medicine, Cancer Cell and Developmental Cell.

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).

Chief Executive

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.

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.

To ensure the Academy has a representative and diverse membership, Fellows nominating two new candidates are asked to include only a maximum of one man, and Fellows nominating four new candidates are asked to include only a maximum of two men.

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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