Dr Athira Rohit

Research officer


Master of Public Health, Charles Darwin University, 2020; PhD, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2015; BS, Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry, 2008

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:



Darwin - Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus


Athira joined Menzies in August 2015 as a research assistant to work on a project investigating the cardiovascular disease risk in Indigenous Australians.

In 2016, Athira joined the Nutrition team as a Senior Research Officer, undertaking research to inform the development of an appropriate intervention to enhance early child feeding practices to reduce the risk of later life overweight and obesity.

In 2019, she joined the Diabetes team as Project Manager and Research Officer on a formative consultation project that focused on a diabetes prevention program for Aboriginal children and families in Central Australia.

In 2021, she joined the Centre for Child Development and Education division as a Research Officer undertaking research to evaluate the NT Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-Visiting (MECSH) program in participating sites and communities.

  1. CDU student story | A Master of Public Health made me an even better researcher

    CDU student story | A Master of Public Health made me an even better researcher


    Doing a Master’s degree by coursework after you’ve already completed a PhD may seem like an unusual idea to some, but health researcher Athira Rohit says ‘learning is learning’, no matter what the degree is called or what order you do it in.

  2. Empowering positive parenting feeding practices

    Empowering positive parenting feeding practices


    An early career researcher is looking into ways in which her work in nutrition research can support Indigenous parents and families to make healthy food choices for their children. Her team’s ultimate goal is empowering parents to help prevent...

  1. Rohit, A., Tonkin, E., Maple-Brown, L., Golley, R., McCarthy, L., Brimblecombe, J. (2018). Parent feeding practices in the Australian Indigenous population within the context of non-Indigenous Australians and Indigenous populations in other high income countries – a scoping review. Advances in Nutrition, in press.
  2. Rohit, A., Brimblecombe, J., O’Dea, K., Tonkin, E., Maypilama, E., Maple-Brown, L. (2018). Development of a short-item diet quality questionnaire for Indigenous mothers and their young children: The Menzies remote short-item dietary assessment tool. Australian Journal of Rural Health.
  3. Tonkin, E, Kennedy, D, Golley, R, Byrne, R, Rohit, A, Kearns, T, Hanieh, S, Biggs, BA & Brimblecombe, J 2018, 'The Relative Validity of the Menzies Remote Short-Item Dietary Assessment Tool (MRSDAT) in Aboriginal Australian Children Aged 6-36 Months', Nutrients, 10(5).
  4. Rohit, A., Willcox, M., Stapleton, F. (2017). Lipid Supplements and Clinical Aspects of Tear Film in Habitual Lens Wearers. Optometry and Vision Science, 94 (2); 174-182.
  5. Rohit, A., Willcox, M., Stapleton, F. (2016).Effects of Lipid Supplements on Tear Biochemistry in Contact Lens Wearers. Optometry and Vision Science, 93 (10); 1203-1209.
  6. Rohit, A., Stapleton, F., Brown, S., Mitchell, T., Willcox, M. (2014). Comparison of tear lipid profile in basal, reflex and flush tear samples. Optometry and Vision Science, 91 (12), 1391-1395.
  7. Rohit, A., Willcox, M., Brown, S., Mitchell, T., Stapleton, F. (2014). Clinical and biochemical tear lipid parameters in contact lens wearers. Optometry and Vision Science, 91 (12), 1384-1390.
  8. Rohit, A., Ehrmann, K., Naduvilath, T., Willcox, M., Stapleton, F. (2014) Validating a new device for measuring tear evaporation rates. Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics, 34, 53-62.
  9. Rohit, A., Willcox, M., Stapleton, F. (2013). Tear lipid layer and contact lens comfort; a review. Eye & Contact Lens, 39, 247–253.
  10. Korani, J., Rose, A., Williams, J.D. (2015). A prospective study to assess the quality of teachers screening in Andhra Pradesh. Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education, 5(342).