Researcher biography

Dr Lea Merone is a Senior Research Fellow in the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Queensland. Lea graduated as a medical doctor with honours in the UK in 2011 and emigrated to Australia in 2016, where she completed her specialist training in public health medicine and obtained her Fellowship of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM) in 2020. Lea also has expertise in Health Economics, having completed her Master of Health Economics in 2019. 

Lea is an experienced researcher who has almost completed her PhD, which she has studied part-time whilst completing her specialist public health training. Her research interests include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, sexual health and gender. She is also co-convenor of the Ecology and Environment Special Interest Group and a committee member of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Special Interest Group with the Public Health Association Australia. Lea can use Auslan to a general conversational standard. In her spare time, she enjoys playing chess, singing and dancing.