The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences provides an independent voice and expert advice to governments, their agencies, patients and the public.
Our elected Fellows bring a wide range of professional expertise to the table. This collective understanding and knowledge allows us to analyse and synthesise the best available evidence on key policy issues in health, medicine, research and innovation.
The Academy undertakes a number of proactive projects to provide evidence-based, expert advice to policy makers, governments and their agencies. Our influential network and esteemed Fellows are key sector leaders and play an essential role in setting the policy agenda on Australia’s most pressing health and research issues.
The strategic direction of the Academy’s policy work is guided by the Policy Advice Committee, a group of Fellows engaged in the sector’s key issues. This committee is chaired by Professor Paul Scuffham and plays a key role in overseeing the policy-related activities and areas of engagement of the Academy.
We are currently working on and providing advice in four major policy areas:
We’re dedicated to improving the integration of research and innovation within the health system in Australia to improve outcomes for the whole community. This includes better enabling research to be conducted within healthcare settings as well as the translation of research findings into widespread health policy and practice.
Climate change represents one of the most urgent areas for action in Australia. Fellows are working with other sector experts to advocate for action to address the health impacts of climate change.
Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the Academy has been providing expert and independent advice to help Australia respond to the ongoing crisis.
AAHMS is working alongside leaders in health, industry and innovation on a horizon scanning project to identify the next big ideas that could transform the health of the Australian community in the coming decades.
The Academy is actively engaged in influencing national health policy in Australia. We engage with the Australian government in a number of ways, including pre-budget submissions, working on Rapid Research Reports with the Chief Scientist, and more.
The Academy also provides expert advice on a variety of topics for the Australian government’s funding programs in health and medical research and translation to maximise improvements in measurable health outcomes. Examples include:
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