Ri Scarborough completed four years of a medical degree at the University of Melbourne before transferring to veterinary science, graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) in 2003. She worked as a veterinarian in country and city clinics before spending several years developing and operating a retail business with her husband. She has always maintained a strong interest in human health and returned to the health sciences in 2012.
Since 2013, Ri has worked on a number of clinical registry projects, including the Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia Registry and the national Haemoglobinopathy Registry, and now works with Professor John Zalcberg in the Cancer Research Program in Monash University's School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She is involved with the Victorian Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry, the Victorian Lung Cancer Registry, the National Gynae-Oncology Registry and a number of other projects focused on quality of health care and patient outcomes.