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Shahinoor Akter

Research Fellow In Global Maternal Health
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
life sciences & biomedicine
science & technology
general & internal medicine
medicine, general & internal
antenatal care
maternal health care services
maternal health
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Shahinoor Akter

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Women's Health
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Shahinoor Akter


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.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 5 most recent scholarly works by Shahinoor Akter.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


University of Newcastle Research Scholarship Central 50:50 (UNRSC50:50) & University of Newcastle Postgraduate Research Scholarship (UNIPRS)


Australian Award Scholarship





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