The University of Newcastle, Australia

Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher new AAHMS fellow

Monday, 10 October 2016

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) has announced the induction of 50 new Fellows from Australian health and medical sciences.

Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher AO joins 271 Fellows who represent the breadth of health and medical sciences to help promote the use of the best research-informed health care for Australians.

An internationally-recognised leader in health-behaviour research, Professor Sanson-Fisher is known for successfully combining behavioural and public health approaches to health promotion, health service evaluation and cancer control.

As co-leader of the Hunter Medical Research Institute’s (HMRI) Public Health Program and Director of the University of Newcastle’s internationally recognised Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, Professor Sanson-Fisher has more than 35 years’ experience leading ground-breaking research projects in the field.

His current research interests are in changing health care provider’s clinical behaviour so that it more closely approximates best-evidence practice. He is also focussed on the development, implementation and evaluation of attempting to improve health outcomes for vulnerable groups.

Professor Ian Frazer, President of the Academy, said:  “I am delighted on behalf of the Academy council to welcome the new Fellows to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences this evening.  Their election as Fellows of the Academy will help to ensure that the Academy can promote use of the best in research-informed health care for all Australians.”

UON now has seven academics that are Fellows of the Academy. Laureate Professor Sanson-Fisher joins a distinguished group that includes Laurate Professor Nick Talley, UON Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Caroline McMillen, Laureate Professor John Aitken, Professor Julie Byles, Laureate Professor Paul Foster and Conjoint Professor Chris Levi.

To be considered for election to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, a person must have “demonstrated distinguished professional achievement in a field related to health and/or medicine”.

Fellows of the Academy have the skills and resources required to contribute to the Academy’s tasks of assessing current knowledge, conducting studies and considering policy issues.

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