Researcher biography

Dr Salenna Elliott (MBBS, PhD, MPH) is a Senior Research Fellow in the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Queensland. She is a medical practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in infection and immunity research and public health, and has worked in Aboriginal health since 2016.  She is committed to addressing inequities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly young people, in relation to sexual and reproductive health.

Salenna worked previously with Professor Ward at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) where she coordinated the second GOANNA Survey, a national sexual health survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 16-29 years and also co-led the inaugural South Australian sexual health survey Let’s Talk About It. She is Chief Investigator on a funded NHMRC Ideas grant led by James Ward (IMPACT-STI study: Implementing a precision public health approach to move toward elimination of STIs, control of HIV and inform on other BBVs in regional Australia) and Associate Investigator on two additional projects focused on sexually transmissible infections and/or blood borne viruses in Aboriginal communities.

She has supervised or mentored Honours, Medical and PhD students in a number of fields.