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.

Find Fellows of the AAHMS

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






Janet Dora Hine Professor of Politics, Governance and Ethics
Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney

Professor Warwick Anderson is a distinguished historian of the biomedical and biological sciences, whose research has transformed our understanding of colonial and tropical medicine, and helped to explain the development of global health. His conceptual histories of the recent biomedical sciences, especially immunology, have enriched scientists’ knowledge of the development of their discipline and enhanced the public appreciation of medical research. The recipient of numerous national international scholarly awards, including the Guggenheim, Burkhardt and ARC Laureate Fellowships, Anderson is the most innovative and influential historian of the medical and health sciences in Australia.

ARC Laureate Fellow
UNSW Sydney

Professor Kaarin Anstey is a world leader in cognitive ageing and dementia risk reduction. Her program of research has contributed to the evidence base on dementia prevention through identification and quantification of risk factors for dementia, the development of risk assessment tools and implementation of interventions.

Professor Anstey’s work has directly informed informed public policy and guidelines, both within Australia and globally in her collaboration with the World Health Organisation. In a second area of research, Anstey has developed a model of older driver safety that has underpinned a validated risk assessment battery and interventions to improve older driver safety.

The University of Adelaide

Professor Jodie Dodd, a maternal fetal medicine specialist, is recognised as being at the forefront of a paradigm shift in the management and prevention of obesity in pregnancy, which has occurred worldwide over the last decade. The outcomes of her research, a series of unique and harmonised RCTs and associated systematic reviews and individual participant data studies, have changed clinical guidance internationally. She has achieved a seamless integration of research findings into evidence-based clinical practice.

Professor Dodd is a clinical and academic leader who has contributed immensely to capacity building in the sector.

Research Professor
The University of Western Australia

Pat Dudgeon is Bardi woman from the Kimberley in Western Australia. She was Australia’s first Aboriginal psychologist and has had an outstanding career in Aboriginal mental health and wellbeing, developing innovative methodologies to include deep Indigenous knowledge in health and medical sciences research and services. She has showed how the specific historical, socio-economic, political, cultural and racist factors interact and contribute to mental health problems in Aboriginal populations. Her main focus has been on the prevention of suicide – aiming to reduce its causes, prevalence and impact in First Nations people of all ages and in all jurisdictions across urban, regional and remote Australia.

Professor Dudgeon’s vision, innovation, leadership, and stamina have seen her found the discipline of Indigenous Psychology in Australia, develop a framework of social and emotional wellbeing, pioneer research methodologies that empower community self-determination and engagement, and establish international networks committed to de-colonising health and psychology. This has transformed policy and practice in health and medical sciences for Indigenous peoples in Australia and worldwide.

Head, Sleep and Circadian Research Group
Woolcock Institute of Medical Research

Professor Ron Grunstein MBBS MD PhD FRACP FAHMS AM is the leading sleep medicine clinician-researcher in Australia and one of the world leaders in this discipline. He has been engaged in the field from its early origins and has played a major role in the development of the academic, clinical, professional and policy aspects of discipline. His work has explored the respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, hormonal and behavioural consequences of sleep disorders and the effectiveness of various modes of therapy.

Professor Grunstein work has made sleep and wakefulness safer for all Australians.

The University of Melbourne

Prof Rana Hinman is a physiotherapist who leads research focussed on improving the health of people living with osteoarthritis. Her multi‐disciplinary research produces and translates innovative, robust and pragmatic evidence about non‐drug, non‐surgical approaches to managing osteoarthritis symptoms, including novel methods of service delivery. Her research has informed Australian and international clinical practice guidelines, as well as national osteoarthritis research strategy, policy and models of care.

Professor Hinman has approximately 250 peer‐reviewed papers, has made sustained contributions to peer review (including Editorial Boards of leading physiotherapy journals and NHMRC grant review) and has received national and institutional awards for excellence in mentoring research students.

Director, Health Services Research
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Professor Harriet Hiscock is internationally renowned for her expertise and leadership in sleep and mental health research. She leads world class health services research to develop, test and implement evidence-based interventions to improve the quality, accessibility, and value of healthcare for paediatric common, high burden conditions. As a clinician researcher, she has published over 180 peer reviewed papers and her sleep interventions have been implemented in the UK, Netherlands, USA, and New Zealand.

Professor Hiscock holds a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship, leads the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Childhood Adversity, and is inaugural Director of Australia’s only paediatric health services research unit.

Laboratory Head, Blood Cells and Blood Cancers Division
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Professor David Huang is a biomedical researcher who made fundamental research discoveries on programmed cell suicide (apoptosis) that laid the foundations for the discovery and development of a novel class of anti-cancer drugs. He made critical contributions towards revealing how BCL2, often overactive in blood cancers, and its relatives block cell death thereby uncovering how BCL2 could be targeted in cancer cells. In collaboration with industry partners, this work led to the development of venetoclax to target BCL2. Venetoclax has proven highly effective and is now approved in Australia and other jurisdictions for patients with some types of leukaemias and lymphomas.

Head of Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit
Monash University

Professor Karin Leder is an infectious disease phsician, Head of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Monash University) and Director of Travel Medicine and Immigrant Health (Royal Melbourne Hospital). As a world leader in disease spread across international borders, her research outputs have changed global surveillance prioritities and clinical management of infections among mobile populations. She also leads a multidisciplinary research program to improve water-sanitation management, reduce health impacts from exposure to environmental microbial contamination and mitigate adverse climate change effects via introduction of sustainable technology into resource-poor settings.

Professor Leder is renowned for mentoring a new generation of independent clinician-researchers.

Deputy Director Research
Menzies School of Health Research

Professor Maple-Brown has demonstrated outstanding contributions in clinical impact and leadership. In 14 years since her PhD, she has established and grown a Darwin-based research program that is now 31 staff, students and early-career researchers. Her program is the first and largest Australian partnership between researchers, policy makers and health services on intergenerational diabetes, and the largest such program globally for First Nations people.

Professor Maple-Brown was the first to identify and describe the intergenerational nature of the diabetes epidemic among Aboriginal Australians. She pioneered the national response, establishing clinical registers, defining research priorities and building capacity in health systems.

About Fellowship with AAHMS

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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