Shahinoor is a PhD candidate at The University of Newcastle. Her PhD topic is to examine maternal health care services accessibility among Indigenous women in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.
She is mainly a Social Anthropologist. Shahinoor had another master degree on Master of Public Health (Advanced) from Southern Cross University, Australia.During her study in Australia, she conducted a qualitative research on identifying reasons for failure to attend follow up visits at a regional primary health care facility in Lismore. This research helped to shape her ideas and knowledge about Indigenous people’s attitude towards accessing the services, and to develop understanding the value of culturally appropriate health care services. This led her to pursue a PhD degree in Public Health (Gender and Health) as well. During the course of her research career, Shahinoor was involved in both qualitative and quantitative studies. Her PhD project applied a mixed method approach through which she collected data from 438 Indigenous women in the remotest hilly areas of Bangladesh. As a part of her PhD, she also conducted a systematic review where she focused on enablers and barriers that Indigenous women in the lower and middle income countries experience while accessing existing maternal health services. Shahinoor started her career as a social researcher at an international health research organisation, named ICDDR,B (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) in Bangladesh, and worked there between 2008 and 2015. Shahinoor’s works mostly focused on maternal and child health issues in overseas countries including Bangladesh. While working at ICDDR,B, she earned prestigious Australian Award Scholarship (known as AusAid scholarship) to pursue her a higher degree on public health in Australia in 2012.
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Shahinoor Akter's selected work
Indigenous women’s access to maternal healthcare services in lower- and middle-income coun..
‘We have the internet in our hands’: Bangladeshi college students’ use of ICTs for health ..
Advantages and limitations for users of double pit pour-flush latrines: a qualitative stud..
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Access to maternal healthcare services among Indigenous women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study
Shahinoor Akter, Jane Louise Rich, Kate Davies, Kerry Jill Inder
Journal article | 2019 | BMJ Open
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of, and factors associated with, accessing maternal healthcare services (M..
Advantages and limitations for users of double pit pour-flush latrines: a qualitative study in rural Bangladesh
Faruqe Hussain, Thomas Clasen, Shahinoor Akter, Victoria Bawel, Stephen P Luby, Elli Leontsini, Leanne Unicomb, Milan Kanti Barua, Brittany Thomas, Peter J Winch
Journal article | 2017 | BMC Public Health
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Research Fellow In Global Maternal Health
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
Academy Of Clinical Educators (Joint Medical Program)
Academic of Clinical Educators
Public Health Association Australia (PHAA)
Doctorate of Philosophy
The University of Newcastle
Master of Public Health (Advanced)
Southern Cross University
Master of Social Science
University of Chittagong
Bachelor of Social Science
University of Chittagong