Rita is a newly qualified general practitioner (GP); she believes that clinical work as a GP and being involved with research leads to better outcomes for her patients. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Melbourne with the Data Driven Quality Improvement Team in the Department of General Practice. Her PhD explores the use of digital health interventions to facilitate early identification and management of people at risk of; or diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the Future Health Today project.
Rita has secured a competitive scholarship through Rotary Health Australia and was awarded the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Foundation Alan Chancellor Award in 2019. She is currently the chair of the Early Career Research and Capacity Development sub-committee of the Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care and committee member for the RACGP Victoria Women in General Practice Committee.