Honorary Appointments

Honorary Appointments

Honorary appointees are highly valued members of the Department of Paediatrics.  Our relationship with our honorary staff is one of mutual benefit in which the Department benefits from the knowledge, skills and influence of the honorary staff member while the honorary staff member benefits from the opportunities, resources and reputation of the Department, the Melbourne Medical School and The University of Melbourne.

Expressions of Interest for honorary applications are invited three times a year.
See Applications Process tab for further information.

Honorary appointments are made in recognition of significant, sustained contributions in the areas of learning and teaching; research and research training; engagement; and professional practice and leadership.  We expect our honorary staff to enact our values of commitment, integrity, compassion, respect and service; to perform at the highest standard; and to acknowledge their affiliation with the University of Melbourne in relevant publications and presentations.

The honorary appointment and review processes are designed to create and maintain strong and meaningful relationships with our honorary staff that support our mutual purpose of improving health and wellbeing for individuals and communities.

Academic Honorary Appointments

An academic (standard) Honorary appointment is awarded to persons with a predominantly academic background. Those with Honorary appointments will normally have similar/equivalent teaching, research, knowledge transfer and leadership experience and roles as their paid equivalents from the University. The purpose of an honorary academic appointment is to provide recognition for the major contribution that has been or will be made to the University of Melbourne in terms of teaching in University courses, student supervision, research contribution and advancement of their discipline.

There are four levels of Academic Honorary appointment:

  • Honorary Fellow (Level B)
  • Honorary Senior Fellow (Level C)
  • Honorary Principal Fellow (with the title of Associate Professor) (Level D)
  • Honorary Professorial Fellow (Level E)*

Note: Level E apppointees must familiarise themselves with the University's Expectations of a Professor.

Clinical Honorary Appointments

The purpose of an Honorary Clinical Fellow appointment is to provide recognition for the major contribution that has been or will be made to the University of Melbourne by clinicians, particularly in terms of teaching in University courses and in scholarship and advancement of their clinical discipline.

There are five levels of Clinical Honorary appointment:

  • Clinical Tutor (Level A)
  • Clinical Lecturer (Level B)
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer (Level C)
  • Clinical Associate Professor (Level D)
  • Clinical Professor (Level E)*

Note: Level E apppointees must familiarise themselves with the University's Expectations of a Professor.

Difference between Clinical and Standard Academic Honorary Appointments

  • Honorary Clinical Fellow appointments are only offered with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
  • As a general rule, applicants for Honorary Clinical Fellow appointments would not have as strong a research track record as the equivalent standard academic level, but instead have a greater strength in clinical and professional practice. In addition, those appointed at a standard academic level would normally be expected to have completed a graduate research degree. However, cases for Honorary Clinical Fellow appointments can and should include recognition of research achievement where applicable.
  • Meeting the research criteria will usually require achievement in clinical research, but basic research publications can also be considered provided the individual also meets the teaching criteria. Quality of publications will be taken into account.
  • Clinical competence criteria will be based on statements from a senior colleague, who has a clinical appointment at the level of Head of Hospital Department or professional equivalent.
  • Honorary Clinical Fellow appointments are not automatically portable and will cease if the clinician leaves their clinical position, unless application is made based on a new clinical appointment or role.