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.






Professor and Director of Doherty Epidemiology
The Doherty Institute

Over the past fifteen years Professor McVernon has contributed to Australians’ health, informing national policy on influenza pandemic preparedness and response, and immunisation . In 2020, she was an invited expert member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, which advised National Cabinet throughout the COVID-19 response. She was a member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation for eight years, including contributions to H1N1 and COVID-19 vaccine strategies.

Professor McVernon has grown national and regional capacity for modelling and its use in policy. Her expertise is recognised internationally through membership of World Health Organisation and other advisory groups.

Group Leader, Adolescent Health
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Professor George Patton is an adolescent psychiatrist and epidemiologist. He has revolutionised our understanding of the place of adolescence in health, growth and development across the life-course, and into the next generation. As Professorial Fellow in Adolescent Health Research at MCRI and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, his research group have become the world’s most influential in shaping global adolescent health policies.

Professor Patton’s expertise and leadership are recognised globally, serving as consultant and adviser to many departments within WHO, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank, including advising WHO’s Director General on adolescent health.

Vale George Patton, December 2022.

Professor of Global Health
Menzies School of Health Research

Professor Richard Price is Professor of Global Health at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. He is a leading authority on multidrug resistant malaria and Plasmodium vivax. His research has highlighted the importance of the vivax malaria, which causes millions of illnesses each year and is now becoming the predominant cause of malaria in Asia and the Americas.

Professor Price has coordinated, led and successfully guided to completion the largest ever prospective studies of vivax malaria conducted across the tropics from Ethiopia to Indonesia. This research has contributed significantly to international policies and practices, and has had a substantial impact on health and wellbeing in malaria endemic areas.

Executive Director
Melbourne Academic Centre for Health

Professor Sir John Savill has combined clinical practice in nephrology and acute medicine with research into cell clearance by apoptosis in resolution of inflammation, leading establishment of the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research and the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He led national translational initiatives as Chief Scientist Health in Scottish Government and as Chief Executive of the UK Medical Research Council.

Sir John now leads the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH). Professor Savill led development of UK integrated clinical academic training pathways and has established an Australian pilot for clinician scientist training, the MACH-Track.

Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza
The Doherty Institute

Professor Kanta Subbarao is a virologist and paediatric infectious diseases specialist. She is an expert on the biology, pathogenesis and vaccines for emerging viral diseases of global importance: influenza, SARS, MERS and COVID-19, with 200 peer-reviewed papers and 72 reviews/chapters. She is a member of WHO advisory panels on seasonal and pandemic influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, the Australian National Influenza Surveillance Committee and several Scientific Advisory Boards.

Professor Subbarao is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and is on the Editorial Board of PLoS Pathogens, mBio, Journal of Virology, Cell Host and Microbe and Med.

Angela Wright Bennett Professor of Autism Research; Head, Autism Research Team; Director, CliniKids
Telethon Kids Institute

Professor Andrew Whitehouse’s research has directly led to improved clinical management for children on the autism spectrum, and driven transformational policy reform across the Health, Education and Disability sectors in Australia. He has contributed major scientific advances in autism assessment and intervention, and pioneered new methods for world-wide science communication. In addition, Professor Whitehouse has led many of the most impactful research initiatives in the field, including a Cooperative Research Centre, one of the world’s largest autism biobanks, the Australian Autism Research Council, and numerous mentoring schemes for early career researchers.

Professor Whitehouse’s research achievements have been recognised through a Eureka Prize.

Professor Paediatrics
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Professor Julie Bines MBBS, FRACP, MS, AGF, FAHMS is Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne and a Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Head of Clinical Nutrition at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She leads the Enteric Disease Group at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute working to develop an affordable novel rotavirus vaccine, RV3-BB vaccine, aimed at preventing rotavirus disease from birth in infants worldwide. She has served as an expert consultant for the WHO and is Director of the WHO Collaborative Centre for Child Health.

Director Medical Oncology
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Professor Danny Rischin is the Director of Medical Oncology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. A highly productive clinician‐researcher, he has made significant and sustained contributions to advancing knowledge and in developing new therapies for head and neck cancer and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.

Professor Rischin is an international leader in head and neck cancer, with his work having had a significant impact on clinical practice. In his leadership roles in co-operative clinical trials groups and as Director of a pre-eminent medical oncology department he has mentored and supervised many successful clinician‐researchers.

Co-Head of the Computational Biology Program
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Professor Alicia Oshlack is an expert in Computational Biology, who has developed a range of widely used bioinformatics analysis methods that underlie many of the genomic technologies used today. Her extensive analytical and computational skills and research contributions are now part of the standard approaches for the analysis of RNA sequencing and human methylation investigations.

Professor Oshlack’s work has contributed to the areas of cancer, rare disease and development and has provided better analytical methods for thousands of other research projects worldwide.

Principal Scientist
The Bionics Institute of Australia

Professor Colette McKay has conducted world-leading interdisciplinary research that vitally contributed to the efficacy of Australia’s most successful medical device, the cochlear implant. Her work, which combines behavioural studies with mathematical modelling, electrophysiology, and brain imaging, has derived important information about how the brain’s auditory pathways process electrical stimulation. She has applied this knowledge to the improvement of cochlear implants and to the development of an auditory midbrain implant for those who cannot benefit from a cochlear implant. Six patent families have flowed from Professor McKay’s work which is utilised by researchers and companies worldwide to benefit deaf individuals.

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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