Ricky Mentha

  • Ricky Mentha


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Ricky is an Aboriginal Health Researcher and he has been based at the Baker IDI Central Australia for the past 12 years. Ricky has worked in Aboriginal health research since 2005. In 2014 to further develop his research skills, Ricky completed a higher degree Master of Public Health program at Deakin University. Over time, he aims to become a research scientist with his own program of Aboriginal health research focusing on reducing chronic disease complications in the Aboriginal population. Ricky is interested in research that will improve the efficacy of health system to benefit all Australians. He would like to see more Aboriginal health researchers become engaged in understanding the health of their communities.

Ricky has served as an elected director of the local Aboriginal Medical Service Congress and chaired the Research Sub-committee in 2015-2016, his role included the assessment of new research proposals and translate existing research outcomes and recommendations that improve the overall scope and performance of the health service.

Professional Details

  • Master of Public Health, Deakin University

Area of Expertise

  • Cardio metabolic risk assessments
  • Academic publications
  • Advocating Aboriginal issues in a research context
  • Consultancy


  • The Public Health Association of Australia

Areas of current leadership enactment

  • Northern Territory and Victorian Aboriginal communities
  • The Baker Heart and Diabetes Research Institute

To get in contact and engage any of the Fellows, please contact the Alumni Manager (Indigenous Leadership) at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health on:

Email:              poche-alumni@unimelb.edu.au

Phone:             03 9035 8185