Melanie Wratten

Project Manager


Melanie has a background in international development, having worked in roles and projects focused on capacity development and training initiatives across the Pacific region for the last eight years.

Melanie joined Burnet Institute in April 2021 as Project Manager in the Tuberculosis Elimination and Implementation Science Working Group within the International Development discipline. She is currently supporting TB projects in Western Province, Papua New Guinea including the Reducing the Impact of Drug-Resistant TB (RID-TB) Project.

Prior to working with Burnet Melanie spent two years in Vanuatu, working throughout 2020 with the health promotion unit in the Ministry of Health and supporting risk communication and community engagement for COVID-19 and other public health responses.

Prior to this she spent a number of years working with the international development unit at the University of Queensland, where she managed multiple projects and training programs with a strong focus on public policy and leadership in Papua New Guinea. Her role at Burnet brings together her interests in public health, education and community engagement, with a focus on international development and improving health outcomes in the Pacific region.


  • 2021: Project Manager, Burnet Institute
  • 2020: (Australian Volunteer), Ministry of Health, Vanuatu
  • 2017 - 2019: Senior Development Coordinator, International Development Unit, University of Queensland
  • 2013 - 2016: Development Assistant & Coordinator, International Development Unit, University of Queensland (formerly UniQuest)


  • 2019: Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, University of Melbourne
  • 2015: Master of Development Practice (Advanced), University of Queensland
  • 2012: Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and International Relations), University of Queensland

Projects (1)

Current (1)

  • RID-TB: Reducing the Impact of Drug-Resistant TB in Western Province, PNG