Prof. Dennerstein's achievements for medical education and in relation to women's health issues have been recognised by the Australian government with the award of the Order of Australia in 1994.
Her research achievements have been recognised by the international medical community with the award by the World Association for Sexology of the Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to sexology and sexual health in 2005 in Montreal, Canada.
She was an outstanding medical student, achieving the exhibition (top prizes) for obstetrics and gynaecology in her final year of study.
She has received multiple other awards for excellence in teaching and research and as listed below.
Most recently she has been awarded Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa by The University of Melbourne for her contribution to women's health.
- Annual Travelling Fellowship, Australian Soc. for Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 1979
- Organon Senior Research Award presented by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 1989
- Annual Travelling Fellowship, Australian Soc. for Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 1996
- Commonwealth Award of Excellence for Good Practice in Women's Health: the Melbourne Women's Midlife Health Project, 1997
- North American Menopause Society (NAMS)/Pfizer Perimenopause Research Award, 2002
- World Association for Sexology Gold Medal for lifetime achievement, 2005
- Boerhaave Professor of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, Feb-June, 1985
- Daphne Chun Lecture, Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, 1987
- Mabel Sandes Memorial Lecture, RMIT, Melbourne, 1989
- Postgraduate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Postgraduate School, University of Auckland, June-July, 1991
- Foundation Fellow, St Hilda's College, University of Melbourne, 1993
- Frances A Matsuda Foundation Professor of Women's Health, University of Hawaii, 1996
- Commonwealth Award for Excellence for Good Practice in Women's Health: the Key Centre for Women's Health, 1997
- Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa, The University of Melbourne, 2012
Book of the Year Award "Arthur Shapiro Hypnosis Book Award", American Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis for 'Handbook of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine', 1981
"WIZO Woman Achiever 2000" Women's International Zionist Organisation, 9/4/00.
Undergraduate prizes awarded by Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne (1970)
- Exhibition in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Fulton Scholarship
- Robert Gartley Healey Prize in Obstetrics
- Hubert Sydney Jacobs Prize in Clinical Gynaecology
- Sir A.E Rowden White Prize in Clinical Obstetrics
- Robert Marshall Allan Memorial Prize
Honours During Undergraduate Course
- Medical Psychology,
- Applied Pharmacology,