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Providing a specialist Endocrinology service to every corner of Australia.

A/Prof Ada Cheung


A/Prof Ada Cheung (she/her) is a leading specialist consultant Endocrinologist providing individualised, patient-centred endocrine care for those living in Melbourne as well as rural Australia in close collaboration with local GPs. She welcomes any General Endocrine referrals in adult patients.

A/Prof Cheung holds a prestigious Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship as well as a Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship to support her medical research at The University of Melbourne, striving to advance health outcomes for individuals with hormone conditions. She is also an Endocrinologist in the Department of Endocrinology at Austin Hospital. A/Prof Cheung has research interests (click here for publications) in understanding the effects of testosterone and estrogen on the body, in particular preventing side-effects of androgen deprivation therapy for men with prostate cancer and improving health outcomes for trans and gender diverse individuals (www.transresearch.org.au). A/Prof Cheung has won a large number of international and national awards for her research including being one of five recipients worldwide (and the only Australian in 2016) of the prestigious US Endocrine Society Early Investigator Award and a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research. Her advocacy and commitment to co-creation with community to improve trans health was recognised recently with the GLOBE LGBTIQ Ally of the Year.

A/Prof Cheung is also a tutor, lecturer and supervisor at the University of Melbourne Medical School. Furthermore, she is on the Board of Directors of the Endocrine Society of Australia, a policy committee member of the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health and an editorial board member of leading international medical journals;the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and MetabolismLGBT Health, and Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism. She regularly engages in media and presents at national and international conferences and meetings. Committed to community service in the not-for-profit sector, A/Prof Cheung is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Community Directors.

Medical Training

A/Prof Cheung completed her Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery at The University of Melbourne and graduated in 2003 as the top medical student at the Austin Hospital Clinical School. She continued her medical training and specialty training at Austin Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Northern Hospital and Bendigo Hospitals and obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Endocrinology. She has General and Specialist Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency.


  • GLOBE LGBTIQ Ally of the Year 2021
  • Uni of Melb Strategic Grant for Outstanding Women 2021
  • RACP Fellows Research Establishment Fellowship 2021
  • International Women’s Day Inspirational Woman Award, Austin Health 2020
  • Dame Kate Campbell Fellow, University of Melbourne 2020
  • Endocrine Society of Australia Ken Wynne Postdoctoral Award 2020
  • RACP Cottrell Research Establishment Fellowship 2020
  • Melbourne Medical School Publication Prize Finalist 2019
  • ESA/Australian Women in Endocrinology Outstanding Abstract Award 2019
  • Selected as 1 of 4 “Extraordinary women of the Melbourne Medical School” highlighted in the Melbourne Medical School Chiron Alumni Magazine 2019
  • National Health & Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship
  • RACP Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Fellowship for research excellence and outstanding community service leadership.
  • Viertel Charitable Foundation Clinical Investigator Award; 1 of 5 national awards.
  • Austin Medical Research Foundation Bernie Sweet Fellowship.
  • Australian Women in Endocrinology/Endocrine Society of Australia Young Investigator Travel Award.
  • US Endocrine Society Early Investigator Award for outstanding accomplishments in endocrine research.
  • US Endocrine Society Outstanding Abstract Award.
  • Logemas Student Travel Award.
  • Endocrine Society of Australia Bryan Hudson Clinical Endocrinology Prize for the best clinical research presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Endocrine Society of Australia Travel Award to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • National Health & Medical Research Council Postgraduate Research Scholarship.
  • Medical Education Award for the best junior medical staff supervisor.
  • Deans’ Honours List – The University of Melbourne.
  • Senior Medical Staff Award for the top medical student at Austin Health.