Honour: University of Newcastle’s Conjoint Professor David Durrheim and Professor Amanda Baker were among the 37 new Fellows admitted to the academy.TWO Universityof Newcastle researchers have been elected to then Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in recognition for their outstanding contributions to health and medical research.

ProfessorAmanda Baker, internationally renowned clinical psychologist, and Conjoint Professor David Durrheim, a leading public health researcher and advocate for immunisation, were among the 37 new Fellows admitted to the academy in Melbourne last week.

Professor Baker, who specialises in the treatment of co-existing mental health and substance use problems, said the Fellowship was a way tocontribute to mentoringscientists andresearchers.

“Co-existing mental health problems and smoking, alcohol and drug use remain an enormous challenge,” she said. “I hope to be able to influence the community and government in progressing this area of health.”

Professor Durrheim,Hunter New England Health’s director of health protection, said it was a “great honour” to share Fellowship with many of ’s premier health and medical scientists.

“The academy not only serves to ensure that remains a leader in public health research into the future, but also provides impartial and authoritative advice based on the best available evidence,” Professor Durrheim said.“This will ensure that nsand our neighbours in the Western Pacific Regionbenefit from the quality basic, applied and operational research conducted by innovative n health researchers.”

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