Welcome to the first quarterly newsletter from the Academy, and a particular welcome to the new Fellows recently elected.

I imagine that many of you are wondering what the Academy is all about. To help you find your way around, I’ve provided some Information Sheets (click here), which outline what Fellowship is about, how the Academy is run, and what we’re trying to achieve as an Academy. This information replicates and adds to what’s available on our website aahms.org, which I commend to you as a source of information, and as a means to keep up to date with the Academy as it moves forward.

The Academy’s structure and function is a work in progress. It is however your academy, and your input is sought into each of the areas of Academy activity. To help you get to know the Fellowship, I’ve attached a list of current Fellows, listed by state. I hope that you’ll take up my suggestion to constitute a state branch in each state, and use meetings of these branches to find out what the Fellows in your state are up to. Our executive officer, Simone Yendle, can provide a list of email addresses for the Fellows from each state on request from a fellow in that state.

The launch of the Academy in Canberra last week was a great opportunity for networking amongst the new Fellows, and for letting government and the media know of our existence. We heard addresses from The Hon. Sussan Ley, MP, Minister for Health, and from Prof Warwick Anderson, oPM with Council small copyutgoing CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council, each of whom saw great opportunities for the Academy, and wished us well in our endeavors. I’m particularly grateful to Robyn Williams who chaired the event, and kept us to time and whose remarks on what we have to achieve were clear and to the point. The success of the event reflected the hard work put into its planning and execution by Simone Yendle, Alan Mackay, and the Fellows organizing committee chaired by Prof Ingrid Scheffer. Council had the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister before the event, who was keen to hear how the Academy progresses.

For those who weren’t able to make it to the launch, I’ve provided the text of my address to the Academy which outlines our goals and the challenges we face, and which, I hope will remind you that what we achieve is up to us. Its our Academy. Lets make it a useful one!

Best Wishes

Ian Frazer