Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Associate Professor Melinda Carrington

Associate Professor Melinda Carrington
BA PostgradDip(Psych) PhD

Director, Centre for Primary Care and Prevention


Associate Professor Melinda Carrington specialises in comprehensive risk assessment and nurse-led interventions to prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes in settings where there is disadvantage, such as regional and remote communities and amongst Indigenous Australians. Melinda is a Future Leader Fellow of the National Heart Foundation and received prior NHMRC Career Development and Early Career Training Fellowships in Public Health. Together with her close group of collaborators, Melinda has been at the fore of undertaking randomised controlled trials to develop new and often world-first pragmatic studies of management programs to meet the demands of an evolving burden of cardio-metabolic risk and chronic conditions with co-morbidity. The group have been integral in discovering clear benefits for the development of resources containing provision for optimal care of patients with chronic conditions in order to support health outcomes in the primary care and hospital settings. Melinda remains an Honorary Fellow at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and is also a Visiting Senior Researcher at the Hatter Institute in Cape Town and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University.

To date, Melinda has received $1.3 million as Lead Investigator in NHMRC competitive research funding and an additional $8 million in competitive research grants as Co-Investigator. She has been awarded a total of $1.4 million in personal career support. She has a current portfolio of more than 80 research papers, published in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals.

Accolades and awards:

  • Late breaking trial/hot line session, American Heart Association, SAFETY (2014)
  • Late breaking session, European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure, NIL-CHF (2014)
  • Best research paper, American Heart Association, WHICH? Trial report (2013)
  • Best abstract from European Society of Cardiology affiliated cardiac societies (2012)
  • Best abstract from Australia, American Heart Association (2012)
    Affiliate research finalist, CSANZ (2012)
  • McCredie/Wilcken Travelling Fellowship, top ranked application, CSANZ (2012)
  • Affiliate research finalist, CSANZ (2010)

Appointments and affiliations:

  • 2007-2014 NHMRC Grant Review Panel Member / External Assessor
  • NHMRC Project Grant scheme
  • NHMRC Development Grant scheme
  • NHMRC Career Development Fellowship scheme (Indigenous Health Research Assessor)
  • NHMRC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Grant scheme

Honorary appointments:

  • Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Honorary Fellow
  • Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University
  • Hatter Institute of Cardiovascular Research in Africa, Visiting Senior Researcher, University of Cape Town

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