Professor Anna Ralph

Head of Global Health Division and Senior Clinical Research Fellow; Associate Director (Early and Mid-Career researchers)


PhD, Australian National University, 2010; Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2005; Diploma of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, 2002; Master of Public Health, University of Sydney, 1999; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Honours Class 1, University of New South Wales, 1996; Medical Science Honours Class 1, Australian National University, 1993; Bachelor of Medical Science, University of Tasmania, 1992.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Supervisor for PhD


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


Professor Anna Ralph heads the Global and Tropical Health division at Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. She is the Menzies Associate Director for Early and Mid-Career researchers, Senior Clinical Advisor for RHD Australia, and a practicing medical specialist in General Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Royal Darwin Hospital and Palmerston Regional Hospital.

Her research fields include Australian tropical infectious diseases, rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Australian Indigenous populations, tuberculosis control especially in neighbouring South-East Asian settings, and improving Aboriginal cultural safety in healthcare. She has expertise in a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

Professor Ralph’s roles include membership of the Medical Journal of Australia’s Editorial Advisory Committee, the Northern Territory Government Department of Health Top End Division of Medicine Research Committee, CARPA Standard Treatment Manual editorial committee, the NT RHD Control Program Steering Committee and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. She was previously the Codirector of RHD Australia, a Steering Committee Member of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Network, member of the Australasian Clinical TB Network and Deputy Editor of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. She serves as a Data Safety Monitoring Committee member for clinical trials and provides regular reviews for funding agencies and journals.

She supervises a number of PhD students, post doctoral researchers, and Advanced Trainees in Infectious Diseases through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. 

Media Expertise
  • Indigenous health
  • Global and tropical health
  • Tuberculosis
  • Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease
  • Inter-cultural communication