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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Director, Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Research
The University of Queensland

Professor Dobson has contributed to health and medical science through the design and conduct of large-scale, long-running epidemiological studies that have improved understandings of population health issues, methodology of measurement and statistical analysis, and the education of future generations of expert biostatisticians. Her work includes leading Australia’s contribution to the world’s largest epidemiological study of coronary heart disease; the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health; the health of members of the Australian Defence Force who have deployed overseas. She was the first chair of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia, a consortium of universities that has graduated over 300 postgraduate biostatisticians.

Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor
Monash University

As Professor of Anatomy and Medicine and founding Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Research, Professor de Krester’s research led to 494 refereed publications and 170 Chapters. He served as President of the International Society of Andrology. His team isolated inhibin and follistatin as FSH regulators and showed that activin A, an FSH stimulator is also a key proinflammatory cytokine. Follistatin, by blocking activin actions, has anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory therapeutic potential. His research enhanced infertility management and our understanding of the hormonal regulation of reproduction and aspects of inflammation and fibrosis. He initiated community and professional education program called Andrology Australia.

Director, Melbourne Brain Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital

Professor Stephen Davis is an international leader in clinical neurology and clinical neuroscience research. He is the Director of the largest Australian Neurology Department and directs a translational neuroscience research facility, the Melbourne Brain Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital/University of Melbourne. He is the PI of an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Grant. He regarded as an international stroke research leader, particularly in imaging in selection of acute therapy and has held 3 consecutive NMHRC Program Grants. He is the current President of the World Stroke Organization and Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists.

Executive Director, Centre for Virus Research
The Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Professor Tony Cunningham’s research focus is the immunology and pathogenesis of virus infections in humans, and the development of new vaccine candidates and therapeutic strategies. His work on herpes simplex immunology led directly to the only (partly) successful vaccine candidate for genital and neonatal herpes. He remains at the forefront of this field. He then developed the first system to study the mechanism of transport of HSV in human nerves, defining a potential new therapeutic strategy. He also defined the mechanisms of HIV transport through the first cells infected by HIV, to target T cells, and how the virus subverts their function.

Associate Director, Clinical Research and Head of International Clinical Research Laboratory
The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health

Professor Suzanne Crowe is a physician-scientist who co-founded the first HIV clinic in Melbourne (Fairfield Hospital, 1984). Her internationally-recognized research focusses on two areas of global importance: HIV pathogenesis and HIV care in resource-limited countries. Her findings inform clinical practice and current “cure” research. Her co-developed point-of-care CD4 test, licensed to Omega, UK, will provide access to treatment for millions of HIV-infected individuals in the developing world. She is active in global policy-making. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, recognised for her service to medical research in HIV/AIDS medicine as an academic, clinician and researcher.

Director and CEO
Burnet Institute

Professor Brendan Crabb has made a number of discoveries of major significance relating to our understanding of human malaria, a field in which he is a major internationally recognised figure. He was primarily responsible for the discovery of the malaria translocon, a protein machine that constitutes perhaps the leading new drug target in malaria. He also pioneered genetic technologies in human malaria, describing the first gene knockout in this organism. He has made a significant broader contribution to health and medical research, most notably through his leadership of the Burnet Institute and the Association of Australia Medical Research Institutes.

Senior Deputy Dean and Director of Research, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Monash University

Professor Coppel has made original and important contributions in the study of malaria, primary biliary cirrhosis, tuberculosis and bioinformatics. His areas of molecular study include antigen discovery for malaria vaccines, identification of autoantigens to study the autoimmune response and disease etiology, key proteins involved in cell wall synthesis of mycobacteria and development of advanced genomic databases. This has resulted in marketed diagnostics and the preclinical development of malaria vaccines and novel antibiotics for eventual human trial. He has a senior leadership role in building research excellence and provides high-level strategic advice to major institutions nationally and internationally.

Head of Diabetes, Central Clinical School
Monash University

Professor Cooper is a previous Australia Fellow funded by NHMRC as well as Chief Scientific Officer at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He has a strong track record in biomedical research with my main area of research being in the field of diabetes and its complications, in particular renal disease and atherosclerosis. He has over 500 peer reviewed publications which are highly cited (>25,000 citations, “h” factor >80, over last 4 years >2500 citations/year, Web of Science). He has also made original scientific contributions in the fields of progressive renal disease, the renin-angiotensin system, metabolic memory and the biochemical process of advanced glycation as well as being involved in a senior capacity in landmark clinical trials in diabetic complications.

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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