Melita McKinnon

Project manager


Certificate III Laboratory Skills/Assistant, Northern Territory Employment and Training Authority, 1999; Certificate IV Project Management, Biznorth, 2011.


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


­­­­­Melita’s career with the Menzies School of Health Research has been colourful and varied since she started in May 1998 as a trainee doing a Certificate II in Lab Skills (lab assistant). She has worked on projects on skin sores and scabies, ear health and heart health and everything in between including melioidosis and jellyfish research.

Melita’s current projects focus on better understanding acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD), which could lead to better diagnosis, treatment and prevention.


Research Themes
  1. Gal, D., Mayo, M., Smith-Vaughan, H.C., Dasari, P., McKinnon, M.A., Jacups, S.P., et al. (2004). Contamination of hand wash detergent linked to occupationally-acquired melioidosis. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 71(3), 360-362.
  2. Currie, B.J., Harumal, P.P., McKinnon, M.A., & Walton, S.F. (2004). First documentation of in vivo and in vitro ivermectin resistance in Sarcoptes scabiei. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 39(1), e8-12.
  3. McKinnon, M.M., Pizzutto, S.J., Dougall, A.M., Williams, E., Currie, B.J., & Walton, S.F. (2003). Acaricidal activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) oil: In vitro sensitivity of Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis to terminen-4-ol. Archives of Dermatology, 140(5), 563-566.
  4. Currie, B. J., McKinnon, M., Whelan, B. & Alderslade, P. (2002). The Gove chirodropid: a box jellyfish appearing in the "safe season". Medical Journal of Australia, 177(11-12), 649.
Click here to view more Melitta McKinnon publications in PubMed.
  1. Project of the month: RHD Genetics

    Project of the month: RHD Genetics


    Australia has the highest recorded rates of Rheumatic Heart Disease in the world. But why are some people more susceptible than others?

  2. ABC online | Elcho Island researchers bound for Alaska

    ABC online | Elcho Island researchers bound for Alaska


    Three community-based researchers from Elcho Island working with Menzies School of Health Research are bound for Alaska to present at an international viral hepatitis conference.