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Dr Shaouli Shahid

Dr Shaouli Shahid Dr Shaouli Shahid

PhD, Centre for International Health; Master of Arts; Master of Social Sciences; Bachelor of Social Sciences.

Position Senior Lecturer
Faculty Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Phone 08 9266 5147
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Brief Summary

Dr Shaouli Shahid is a social scientist, academic, researcher and has completed her PhD from the Centre for International Health, Curtin University. She has won NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship in 2011. She has a strong academic background completing two Masters Degrees. She has been involved in research in diversified areas.


Since joining the WACCPC in 2010, Dr. Shahid has been working with Professor Samar Aoun on the ‘Waist Disposal Challenge’, a chronic disease self-management program at the community level, and has been developing effective local and national collaborations with several institutions and key stakeholders in the area of health promotion. She is also in process of developing a health promotion program for Aboriginal men in WA, and working with Aboriginal men's groups in Perth. She is developing potential collaborations and looking for students to work with her in this project.

Dr Shahid has over seven year experiences in working with Aboriginal Australians. Her PhD research focused on exploring beliefs and understanding of Aboriginal people about cancer and their experiences with cancer services in Western Australia. With support from Dr Shahid’s project, a local Aboriginal woman from Midwest region of WA has established the Midwest Indigenous Women’s Cancer Support Group (IWCSG). Her PhD research has been widely acknowledged as adding to the body of knowledge in Aboriginal health and she was invited to present in several international, national and local conferences and forums. Her work on Aboriginal people’s perspectives on cancer is considered as pioneer in WA.

Dr Shahid was also involved in undertaking an environmental scan (done in two phases), as part of a team, funded by the Cancer Council of WA to explore initiatives and activities other Cancer Councils across Australia had taken to improve outcomes of Aboriginal people with cancer. She is a promising researcher who won two early career research grants to expand her work on improving cancer and palliative care outcomes and services for Aboriginal people in WA.

As part of her Master’s degree, Dr Shahid undertook policy research in the area of HIV/ AIDS and sexuality in Bangladesh. As recognition of her potential contribution to research and academic field, she received several national and international scholarships. Dr Shahid has an excellent understanding of cross-cultural communication, and has strong interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to interact empathically with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.She has very strong background in research and is familiar with a variety of methodological approaches. 

Dr. Shahid was involved in teaching in Australia in 2009-2010 while working for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Curtin University. She has also been invited to deliver lectures to other departments within Curtin University.

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Memberships, Awards and Training

  • Curtin University Postgraduate Scholarship (CUPS) from Curtin University of Technology for the Doctoral Programme,
  • Curtin International Research Tuition Scholarship (CIRTS) from Curtin University of Technology for the PhD Programme,
  • Internationally competitive Monbukagakusho Scholarship, by Japan Government, for Research and Masters Program in Japan,
  • Scholarship from the University of Dhaka (University Grant Commission of Bangladesh) for the result of BSS (Honours),
  • Scholarship from the Government of Bangladesh for the result of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examinations.
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Employment History

  • Nov 2010 – present      Postdoctoral Research Fellow, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Curtin University
  • Dec 2009 –Nov 2010    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (0.4FTE), Centre for International Health, Curtin University                                   
  • May 2010-Nov 2010     Project Officer (0.5FTE), School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University          
  • 2009-2010                      Sessional Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University
  • Dec 2008- Dec 2009    Research Associate, Centre for International Health, Curtin University                 
  • Jan 2007- Dec 2007    Research Assistant, Centre for International Health, Curtin University
  • Jan 2006 – Jun 2006  Research Assistant, Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia
  • Feb 2001-Sep 2001    Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh
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Dr Shaouli Shahid has expertise in the field of Sociology, Anthoropogy, Cultural Studies, Social Determinants of Health, Research Methodology and Indigenous Health and Research. She worked as a  Lecturer in one of the national universities in Bangladesh. She taught two units on research methodology and social history, entitled – “Theory Construction” and “History of Human Civilization”.

She was also involved in teaching in Australia in 2009-2010 while working for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Curtin University, and conducted tutorials for three units: Sociocultural Perspectives on Health, Behavioral Perspectives on Families, Indigenous Australian Health and Culture. She has also delivered guest lectures in the area of Cultural Diversity, Gender and Sexuality and Health Promotion.

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Research Interests

  • Indigenous health issues in Australia and other countries;
  • Public health and health promotion;
  • Social and cultural determinants of health;
  • Sexuality, gender and health;
  • Holistic approach to health and health care;
  • Reproductive health issues;
  • Psychosocial needs and care of patients with chronic illnesses;
  • Chronic disease management;

Research Grants

  • Shahid S, Thompson SC, Aoun S, Bessarab D (2010-11). Towards Improving Cancer Outcomes for Aboriginal Australians: Cancer Service Providers Experiences with Aboriginal People in Western Australia. Cancer Council Early Career Research Grants.
  • Shahid S, Aoun S, Thompson SC, Skett K (2010-11). Barriers to improved cancer and palliative care outcomes for Aboriginal Australians in Western Australia: a service provider perspective. Western Australian Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit, Small Grants Scheme.
  • NHMRC Capacity Building Grant Building Mental Wealth (2009-2014). Affiliated Investigator on the grant
  • NHMRC Capacity Building Grants in Population Health Research (2009-2011). Employed as a Team Investigator on that grant.
  • Thompson SC, Davidson P, DiGiacomo M, Pilkington, L, Shahid S (2010). 2010 Cancer council environmental scan on Indigenous health initiatives.
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Specialty Areas

Indigenous health, Social determinants of health, Health promotion, Sociology and Anthropology

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Journal Articles (Research)


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Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Shahid, S., and S. Thompson. 2010.“Authors' response.”Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 34 (1): 91-92.
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Other Information

List of Presentations

International Conference

  • Shahid S, Pilkington L and Thompson SC (2008). Cancer among Indigenous Australians: An innovative, culturally suitable service delivery design is needed. Oral Presentation in the World Congress of Health Professions in Perth, WA from 26-29 March, 2008.
  • Shahid S and Thompson SC (2007). What does cancer matter?: Aboriginal Australian perspectives on cancer and implications for health service providers. Poster presentation at the 9th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in London, UK from 16-20 September, 2007.

 Australian Conference

  • Shahid S, Aoun S, Thompson SC, Bessarab D. Towards Improving Cancer and Palliative Care Outcomes for Aboriginal Australians: Service Providers Experiences with Aboriginal People in Western Australia, 1st CHIRI Conference, Perth, 24 November, 2011.
  • Shahid S, Aoun S and Thompson SC (2011). Barriers to accessing cancer and palliative care services for Aboriginal people:  A West Australian perspective. Presentation at the 11th Australian Palliative Care Conference – Diversity 2011 from 29 August-2 September, 2011.
  • Finn L, Shahid S, Pepper A, Gregory P, Thompson SC (2008). Improving Indigenous access to cancer screening and treatment services, WA Health Conference, 2008.
  • Thompson SC, Shahid S, Finn L (2008), Aboriginal views on improving cancer care services: do we care enough to act on them? WA Health Conference, 2008.
  • Shahid S and Thompson SC (2007). Aboriginal Australian Perspectives on Cancer: Implications for Health Service Providers. Presentation at the Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference from 23-26 September, 2007
  • Shahid S (2007). Experience of Indigenous Cancer Control around the Globe: Implications for Australia. Presentations at the 2nd Cancer Council Research Symposium, WA, 29 March, 2007
  • Shahid S (2005). A long way to go: Improving cancer–related outcomes for Aboriginal people in Western Australia. Presentation at the Fifth WA State Cancer Conference of the Cancer Council Western Australia on 18 October, 2005.
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