Outstanding Female Researcher Medal

The Academy’s Outstanding Female Researcher Medal is awarded annually to a leading woman researcher in Australia.

Nominations are welcome from all fields associated with furthering biomedical and health research, whether clinical or basic biomedical research. Nominees and nominators do not need to be an AAHMS Fellow. Nominees must normally reside in Australia at the time of nomination.

The recipient will have made one or more exceptional and impactful contributions in the health and medical sciences from work primarily conducted in or led from Australia (i.e. more than 50%). Candidates must normally reside in Australia at the time of nomination. Consideration will be given to individuals whose career has been interrupted, delayed or otherwise constrained through reasons including, but not limited to, illness, child bearing, child caring or other caring responsibilities. 

The Outstanding Female Researcher Medal is the Academy’s second honorific award and is awarded at AAHMS’s annual meeting each October.

We encourage nominations for individuals undertaking clinical work alongside their research and those representing the full diversity of health and medical sciences in Australia.

The Medal is awarded at the Academy’s annual meeting each October.

The Academy is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the health and medical sciences. We have been working hard to ensure that, as a Learned Academy, we represent the full diversity of the community in which we work. This new medal will provide a further mechanism through which the Academy celebrates and recognises the important achievements of female researchers in health and medicine.”

Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO FRS FAA FAHMS

Immediate Past President, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

How to nominate

Nominations for 2024 are now open.

Nominations open in October each year and all paperwork must be submitted by 1 March the following year.

To nominate, please read the nomination guidelines below and email the secretariat ([email protected]) with the name of the intended candidate, their current email address, position and institution to begin the process.

Individuals must be nominated: they cannot self-nominate. Nominators and nominees do not need to be AAHMS Fellows.


The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Outstanding Female Researcher Medal has been made possible by a generous donation from The Gandevia Foundation, for which the Academy is most grateful. The medal is designed by the Royal Australian Mint.

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