The Academy focuses on the nation’s most pressing health challenges and supports Australia’s thriving health and medical research sector
In 2015, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) was created following discussions between government, universities and a range of key stakeholders that highlighted a need for a scholarly, impartial entity to provide advice on health and medical sciences in Australia. The aim of founding this learned Academy was to create a forum for leaders in health and medical sciences in Australia to provide authoritative, independent expertise and advice to government and the wider community on matters of health and medical research. The Academy focuses on the nation’s most pressing health challenges and acknowledges and supports Australia’s thriving health and medical research sector. The decision to establish the Academy followed the realisation that Australia lacked an independent body of political, professional and institutional interests in health and medical research. Its purpose mirrors well established entities around the world, including the Academy of Medical Sciences in the United Kingdom,1,2 the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences,3 and the United States National Academy of Medicine.4 The AAHMS joins four other scholarly Australian Academies: the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. The AAHMS contributes to expert scientific endeavours with the other Academies, together with national organisations such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Science and Technology Australia, to bring high level scientific and health advice to government, including guiding health measures during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic.
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