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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NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
The University of Sydney

Professor Kirsten McCaffery is a highly productive academic with exceptional research output and impact for a behavioural scientist working in public health, with over 230 publications and impact on national and international policy and practice.

Professor McCaffery has shown leadership in the establishment of the Sydney Health Literacy Lab, in Wiser Healthcare, and as Director of Research at the University of Sydney School of Public Health. Her work has had a sustained impact on policy and practice in the areas of cancer screening, health literacy and overdiagnosis and attracted significant media attention to promote understanding of medical science in the community.



Research Director, Genomics and Epigenetics Division
Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Professor Susan Clark is a worldwide pioneer in the field of cancer epigenetics. Her research revolutionised the field through her pivotal contribution to advancements in new technologies for profiling DNA methylation changes in early development and cancer. Her current research involves understanding the 3D epigenetic landscape of large‐scale domains in cancer, and developing new genome‐wide sequencing and bioinformatic protocols to map DNA methylation, histone modifications and regulatory RNA profiles.

Professor Clark’s team has recently demonstrated that epigenetic changes in cancer encompass large genome‐wide domains, resulting in global and coordinated gene silencing and activation, which provide new insights for disease diagnosis and treatments.

NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
La Trobe University

Professor Hylton Menz is a podiatrist and NHMRC Fellow. His broad research disciplines are human movement, rehabilitation and rheumatology, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal foot problems in older people. Professor Menz has published 297 papers in podiatry, gerontology, rheumatology and biomechanics journals and has attracted over $10m in research funding.

Professor Menz has made significant contributions to the understanding of the prevalence, risk factors and impact of foot disorders, their underlying pathophysiology, and their optimum non-surgical management using exercise, therapeutic footwear and orthotic interventions.

Director, Infection and Immunity Theme; Group Leader, Tropical Diseases Research Group
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Professor Andrew Steer is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and Director of the Infection and Immunity Theme at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is an international authority on tropical infectious diseases. His research has established global community-based treatment programs for tropical skin infections, influenced vaccine design for group A streptococcal disease, and introduced diagnostic technologies and control programs for rheumatic heart disease.

Professor Steer is a global and national leader in these fields, evidenced by scientific leadership roles, including as Chair of the International Alliance for the Control of Scabies, and Co-Director of the Australian Strep A Vaccine Initiative.

Professor of Law
University of Tasmania

Dianne Nicol is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Law and Genetics at the University of Tasmania, and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Her research intersects law, ethics, health and medicine. She has postgraduate qualifications in science and law and uses this expertise in her research.

Distinguished Professor Nicol’s contributions to health and medicine are recognised in national policy arenas, through such appointments as Chair, NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee; member, Mitochondrial Donation Expert Working Committee; member, Genomics Mission Expert Advisory Committee; and member, Australian Advisory Council on Medicinal Use of Cannabis.

Professor and Director of Department of Infectious Diseases
Monash University

Professor Anton Peleg is a leading physician-scientist in Infectious Diseases who excels across the full research continuum, from fundamental laboratory research to clinical translation. He is an internationally recognised expert in antimicrobial resistance, and engages with government, industry and the community to influence antimicrobial use, targeting hospitals and nursing homes. His contributions to infection-immunity research, clinical trials, prevention of outbreaks, device infections and microbial genomics have been stellar and sustained.

Professor Peleg  has built interdisciplinary collaborations addressing global health issues that have impacted policy and practice through guidelines and trials, and he is an outstanding mentor, fostering a large cadre of emerging clinician-scientist leaders.


Principal Research Fellow
The University of Melbourne

Professor Tim Stinear is a distinguished microbiologist who has revolutionised our understanding of important bacterial infectious diseases by the use of cutting-edge genomic technologies. His fundamental research has led to new diagnostic tests and new insights on how infections spread in our hospitals and how bacteria are evading our most powerful antibiotics. He is a fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology.

Professor Stinear is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the neglected tropical disease, Buruli ulcer, and he is leading a ground-breaking intervention trial here in Australia to stop its spread.

Laboratory Head
The Doherty Institute

Professor Roy Robins-Browne is a medical microbiologist who has made seminal contributions to the field through research and teaching. His research has improved fundamental understanding and clinical management of the diarrhoea-associated bacterial pathogens, coli and Yersinia enterocolitica, as well as other bacteria that infect humans. His teaching has guided a generation of medical and bioscience students.

Professor Robins-Browne’s work has provided new insights into the mechanisms of disease and host pathogen interactions. Practical applications of his research include novel diagnostic methods, widely used therapeutics, research reagents, and new strategies to treat and prevent bacterial infections.




Professor and Director of Neurogenetics
Kolling Institute

Professor Carolyn Sue is a neurologist and internationally regarded for her work in Parkinson’s disease and mitochondrial disease. She is Australia’s leading mitochondrial disease clinician, running the country’s largest tertiary referral clinic and benchmarking mitochondrial disease practice. She was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to medicine, particularly mitochondrial disease.

Professor Sue’s discovery research has led to improved diagnosis and treatment of mitochondrial diseases and identified the prevalence of mitochondrial DNA mutations in the Australian community. As an esteemed health and medical researcher, she was appointed Executive Director of the Kolling Institute in 2019.


Program Leader
Monash University

Professor Merlin Thomas is an internationally renowned clinician scientist in diabetic kidney disease, where he is recognised as one of the top experts globally. His translational research spans basic biochemistry and biology to epidemiology and clinical trials. He is also a sought-after speaker, teacher and best-selling author. He has an exceptional track record of productivity, publishing in journals including the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Circulation Research and Diabetes. His discovery work has led to patent applications that he has translated into early-phase commercial development.

Professor Thomas has received the Eric Susman Award from the RACP, TJ Neal Award from the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology and the Millennium Award from Diabetes Australia.


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 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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