Dr Zelalem Mengesha is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). Dr Mengesha completed his PhD titled ‘Sexual and reproductive health care of refugee and migrant women in Australia: a mixed methods study of health care professional perspectives’ at Western Sydney University. Before joining CHETRE, Zelalem worked as a Principal Research at Uniting and Research Officer at the NSW Cancer Institute.
Dr Mengesha is an expert in mixed methods and Q methodological research as well as sexual and reproductive health care. He also utlises systemic theories and critical realist approaches to understand inequity in health care access, utilization and outcomes. Zelalem has published over 35 journal articles, book chapters and policy briefs in the field of refugee health, health services research and sexual and reproductive health.
Currently he is leading a research project that aims to understand Medicare ineligible asylum seeker’s access to hospital care in NSW.
His main research interest areas are sexual and reproductive health, refugee and migrant health, critical public health, health policy, and qualitative and mixed methods design research.