Professor Sandy Middleton FACN and Professor Caroline Homer have been admitted as Fellows to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS). Professor Middleton is the third nurse and Professor Homer the first midwife to be bestowed the honour.
AAHMS Fellowships recognise individuals for their “distinguished achievements and exceptional contributions to health and medical science in Australia.” Individuals cannot self-nominate and the application process is rigorous and peer-reviewed.
Professor Middleton, a finalist of ACN’s inaugural Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers, was recognised for her world-leading stroke research protocols. These protocols are internationally regarded and are currently being translated into hospitals in 14 European countries. Professor Middleton is part of the NHMRC Health Translation Advisory Committee and is also a board director for the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Clinical Excellence Commission.
Professor Homer is an internationally renowned researcher whose work spans several areas including reproductive, maternal and newborn care, human resources for health workforce development, and midwifery education. She currently part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Maternal and Perinatal Health Executive Guideline Development Group, and Co-Chair of the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing National Expert Advisory Executive for the Development of National Pregnancy Guidelines. Previously, she has held high-profile roles such as President of The Australian College of Midwives and Assistant Secretary General (Midwifery) for the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery.
Congratulations Professor Middleton and Professor Homer on your outstanding achievements, you have done the nursing and midwifery professions proud!
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