Doctor Rehana Di Rico

Public Health Registrar


Dr Rehana Di Rico is a Public Health Registrar, working within the Behaviours and Health Risks program at the Burnet Institute.

She is a medical doctor, currently undertaking concurrent specialist training in the fields of Public Health Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Rehana completed her undergraduate medical degree at The University of Melbourne in 2008 and went on to complete her MPhil. in Public Health from the University in Cambridge in 2012.

Her clinical expertise is in treating patients with Acquired Brain Injuries and Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries and her research interests in risk taking behaviours and harm minimisation strategies align closely with her clinical work.

Rehana is also interested in health policy and systems research and she has been involved in numerous in-hospital committees and working groups to improve organisational process, patient experience and provision of evidenced based care.

Rehana’s work at The Burnet Institute primarily focuses on People Who Inject Drugs within the Aboriginal community and explores available harm minimisation strategies for this group.

She is also working with the MIX cohort study to explore health system utilisation in the injecting drug using community. Using data from the Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll survey, she will explore alcohol related harms in youths.


  • 2017: Advanced Trainee with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM)
  • 2016: Member of Clinical Documentation Working Group, for improving data collection and record keeping accuracy among clinicians, Caulfield Hospital
  • 2015: Pioneer team of “Risk Round”, a ward risk reduction strategy, Caulfield Hospital
  • 2014: Member of “Applaudit” committee for improving organisational adherence to Acquired Brain Injury best practice guidelines, Caulfield Hospital
  • 2013: Advanced Trainee with the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM)
  • 2012: President of the Cambridge University Public Health and Epidemiological Society (CUPHES)


  • 2017: Public Health Registrar, The Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2016: Rehabilitation Registrar (Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury), Victorian Spinal Cord Service, Melbourne
  • 2015: Rehabilitation Registrar ( Neurological and Amputee), Caulfield Hospital, Alfred Health, Melbourne
  • 2014: Rehabilitation Registrar (Acquired Brain Injury, Burns, Non Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury), Caulfield Hospital, Alfred Health, Melbourne
  • 2013: Rehabilitation Registrar (Orthopaedic and Neurological), Peter James Centre, Eastern Health, Melbourne
  • 2012: Masters student, The University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2009-2011: Intern & RMO at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne


  • 2012: M.Phil in Public Health (with Distinction), The University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2008: MBBS(Hons), The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2008: BMed.Sci(Advanced), The University of Melbourne, Australia


  • 2014: Ranked no. 3 in Australia for Rehabilitation Medicine entry exam
  • 2012: Graduated with Distinction in the MPhil. Public Health (Cambridge)
  • 2008: Graduated with MBBS Honours, The University of Melbourne
  • 2008: The RANZCOG Women’s Health Award 2008: The Katharine Woodruff Prize in Palliative Medicine
  • 2008: Dean’s Honours List
  • 2007: Dean’s Honours List
  • 2002: Lucy Kilvington Prize for Academic Excellence
  • 1997: Academic Scholarship Award Winner

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