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Dr Shaouli Shahid

PhD (International Health); MA (International Cooperation Studies); Master of Social Sciences (MSS) in Sociology; BSS (Sociology)

Position Senior Lecturer
Faculty Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Phone 08 9266 5147
Email S.Shahid@curtin.edu.au
Google Scholar scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=RbhKyzgAAAAJ
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Brief Summary

Dr Shaouli Shahid is a social scientist, academic, researcher and completed her PhD from the Centre for International Health, Curtin University. She won NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship in 2012, and has been working as a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University since 2016. She has a strong academic background completing two Masters Degrees, and has been involved in research in diversified areas, including Aboriginal health, cancer, palliative care, social and cultural determinants of health, health promotion, health, wellbeing and identity, health services research.

Overview

Dr Shahid has been working in Indigenous health research for over 12 years, and is committed to improving Indigenous health and wellbeing through community-based research projects. Being part of CAS, Dr Shahid is involved in both research and teaching. She is invovled with the Indigenous Honours Program at CAS. Her current research projects include:

  • Martin H, Shahid S, Bose S, O’Callaghan B, Robinson S (2018-2019). User experience of adult Out-patient Department Oncological services at Fiona Stanley Hospital: Exploring the ethnic minority perspective. Funded by Spinnaker Health Research Foundation 2018.
  • Meehan K, Shahid S, Martin H, Dessauvagie B (2018-2019). Defining and Defeating Indigenous Disadvantage in Breast Cancer Survival. Funded by Cancer Council WA under Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme 2017.
  • Garvey G, Cunningham J, Aoun S, Girgis A, Shahid S, Wakefield C (2018-2020). Supportive care needs of partners and caregivers of Indigenous Australian cancer survivors. Funded by ARC Discovery Project Grant.
  • Dowling C, Garvey D, Shahid S, Eades F, Prandl K, Castell E, Brown J (2018). Developing an online learning resource on Indigenous Research Methodologies. Funded by Curtin Learning and Teaching Grants.

Dr Shahid is one of the leading published researchers in Indigenous cancer spectrum in Australia. Her PhD research focused on exploring beliefs and understanding of Aboriginal people about cancer and their experiences with cancer services in Western Australia. She was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in 2012, and worked for the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in DISCOVER-TT at the University of Western Australia. 

Dr. Shahid also has expertise in developing and running chronic disease self-management program at the community level, in undertaking an environmental scan at an organisational level. As recognition of her potential contribution to research and academic field, she received several national and international scholarships and fellowships. 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. 

 

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Memberships, Awards and Training

  • ​​​​​Policy Partnership Fellowship from Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association, 2014
  • PHAA Early Career Research Award, 2013
  • NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, 2012-2015
  • 1st prize for the best poster in the National Indigenous Cancer Network Roundtable, Brisbane, 2013
  • 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

  • Feb 2017 - present         Senior Lecturer, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University
  • Jan 2013 - Jan 2017      Research Fellow, Western Australin Centre for Rural Health, UWA
  • Jan 2013 - Jan 2017       Graduate Research Coordinator, School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Healh Care, University of Western Australia
  • Jan 2013 - Jan 2017       Adjunct Research Fellow, Curtin University
  • Aug 2013 - Sep 2015      Associate Editor for Rural and Remote Health (International Journal)
  • Nov 2010 – Dec 2012     Postdoctoral Research Fellow, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Curtin University          
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Teaching

Dr Shaouli Shahid has expertise in the field of Sociology, Anthoropogy, Cultural Studies, Social Determinants of Health, Qualitative Research Methodology and Indigenous Health and Research. She is currently coordinating two units: Critical Approaches to Research Literature (CAS Honours Program) and Indigeonus Australian Evaluation Research. She is also teaching Indigenous Culture and Health Behaviour. 

In the past, she also taught research methodology and social history, sociocultural perspectives on health, behavioral perspectives on families, Indigenous Australian health and culture, and has delivered number of guest lectures in the area of Cultural Diversity, Gender and Sexuality and Health Promotion.

Dr Shahid is currently supervising two PhD and two Masters students. 

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Research Interests

Indigenous health issues in Australia and other countries; Health services research; Identity, Health and Wellbeing; Health of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse population group in Australia; Cancer;  Palliative care; 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

  1. Martin H, Shahid S, Bose S, O’Callaghan B, Robinson S (2018-2019). User experience of adult Out-patient Department Oncological services at Fiona Stanley Hospital: Exploring the ethnic minority perspective. Spinnaker Health Research Foundation 2018.
  2. Meehan K, Shahid S, Martin H, Dessauvagie B (2018-2019). Defining and Defeating Indigenous Disadvantage in Breast Cancer Survival. Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme 2017.
  3. Garvey G, Cunningham J, Aoun S, Girgis A, Shahid S, Wakefield C (2018-2020). Supportive care needs of partners and caregivers of Indigenous Australian cancer survivors. ARC Discovery Project Grant.
  4. Dowling C, Garvey D, Shahid S, Eades F, Prandl K, Castell E, Brown J (2018). Developing an online learning resource on Indigenous Research Methodologies. Curtin Learning and Teaching Grants.
  5. Garvey G, Bailie R, Brands J, Condon J, Cunningham J, Cass A, Murphy M, Morris B, Shibasaki S, Thompson ST, Reed R, Dunn J, Adams M, Zalcberg J, Shahid S, Cunnett T, Arley B, Matson N, Ledger M (2015-2017). Delivery of a national pilot of an alternative screening pathway for the provision of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program to Indigenous People. Australian Govt Department of Health. 
  6. Shahid S, Aoun S, Thompson SC, Bessarab D (2012-2015). Cancer and palliative care research with Aboriginal Australians. NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship project.
  7. Associate Investigator on The Centre for Research Excellence in Discovering Indigenous Strategies to improve Cancer Outcomes Via Engagement, Research Translation and Training (DISCOVER-TT) (2012-2017)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. NHMRC Capacity Building Grant Building Mental Wealth (2009-2014). Affiliated Investigator on the grant
  11. NHMRC Capacity Building Grants in Population Health Research (2009-2011). Employed as a Team Investigator on that grant.
  12. Thompson SC, Davidson P, DiGiacomo M, Pilkington, L, Shahid S (2010). 2010 Cancer council environmental scan on Indigenous health initiatives.

Journal Publications

2018

  1. Lyford M, Haigh M, Baxi S, Cheetham S, Shahid S, Thompson SC (Accepted on 7 February 2018). An exploration of under-representation of Aboriginal cancer patients attending a regional radiotherapy service in Western Australia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  2. Shahid S, Ekberg S, Holloway M, Jacka C, Yates P, Garvey G, Thompson SC (2018). Experiential learning and increasing palliative care competence among the Indigenous workforce: An Australian experience. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. doi:10.1136/ bmjspcare-2016-001296
  3. Birch EM, Haigh MM, Baxi S, Lyford M, Cheetham S, Shahid S, Thompson S (Under review). Exploring treatment decision-making in cancer management for rural residents: perspectives associated with a recently established regional radiotherapy service. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology.
  4. Shahid S, Taylor EV, Cheetham S, Woods JA, Aoun S, Thompson SC (Under review). Innovations in Indigenous palliative care service delivery: A systematic review. Palliative Medicine.

2017

  1. Murray SR, Kutzer Y, Habgood E, Murchie P, Walter FM, Mazza D, Shahid S, Emery JD. (2017). Reducing barriers to consulting a General Practitioner in patients at increased risk of lung cancer: A qualitative evaluation of the CHEST Australia Intervention. Family Practice 34 (6): 740-76.

2016

  1. Shahid S, Teng THKT, Bessarab D, Aoun S, Baxi S, Thompson SC (2016). Factors contributing to delayed diagnosis of cancer among Aboriginal people in Australia: A qualitative study. BMJ Open 6:e010909.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010909 
  2. Haigh M, Shahid S, O’Connor K, Thompson SC (2016). Talking about the not talked about: use of, and reactions to, a DVD promoting bowel cancer screening to Aboriginal people. ANZJPH 40: 548-52. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12565 

2015

  1. Thompson ST, Haynes E, Shahid S, Woods J, Teng TK, Davidson PM, Katzenellenbogen JM (2015). Shedding light or fanning flames?: A consideration of the challenges in exploring the relative effectiveness of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. Quality in Primary Care 23 (3): 141-149 
  2. Aoun S, Sainsbury K, Mullan B, Shahid S (2015) ‘Champion’ behaviour in a community obesity reduction program: Feedback from peers. Journal of Health Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/1359105315596372 
  3. Tranberg R, Alexander S, Hatcher D, Mackey S, Shahid S, Holden L, Kwok C (2015) Factors influencing cancer treatment decision making by Indigenous peoples: A systematic review. Psycho-Oncology. DOI: 10.1002/pon.3900 
  4. Briand BC, Bessarab D, Shahid S, Thompson SC (2015) ‘Connecting tracks’: Exploring the roles of an Aboriginal women cancer support network. Health and Social care in the Community 
  5. Briand BC, Bessarab D, Shahid S, Thompson SC (2015) Addressing unresolved tensions to build effective partnerships: Lessons from an Aboriginal cancer support group. International journal of Equity in Health 

2014

  1. Thompson SC, Shahid S, DiGiacomo M, Pilkington L and Davidson PM (2014) Making progress: the role of Cancer Councils in Australia in Indigenous cancer control. BMC Public Health. 14:347 

2013

  1. Shahid S, Bessarab D, van Schaik KD, Aoun SM, Thompson SC. (2013) Improving Palliative Care Outcomes for Aboriginal Australians: Service Providers’ perspectives. BMC Palliative Care. 12:26 
  2. Shahid S, Durey A, Bessarab D, Aoun S, Thompson SC (2013). Identifying barriers and improving communication between cancer service providers and Aboriginal patients and their families: the perspective of service providers BMC Health Services Research; 13 (1): 460. 
  3. Aoun S, Shahid S, Le L, Holloway K (2013) Champions in a lifestyle risk-modification program: Reflections on their training and experiences. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/HE12904
  4. Aoun S, Wall D, Kristjanson L, Shahid S (2013). Palliative care needs of terminally ill people living alone: a service provider perspective Collegian; 20 (3): 179-185. 

2012

  1. Aoun S, Le L, Shahid S, Packer T. (2012). The role and influence of Champions in a community based lifestyle risk modification program.  J of Health Psychology published online 12 July 2012, DOI: 10.1177/1359105312449194 

2011

  1. Aoun S, Osseiran-Moisson R, Shahid S, Howat P, O’Connor M (2011) Telephone Lifestyle Coaching Intervention for Men: Is it feasible in a community service club setting? Journal of Health Psychology first published on July 8, 2011 as doi:10.1177/1359105311413480 
  2. Thompson SC, Shahid S, Bessarab D, Durey A, Davidson PM (2011) Not Just Bricks and Mortar:  Qualitative Research to Inform Planning of Cancer Services for Aboriginal People. BMC Research Notes 4:62
  3. Shahid, S., Finn, L., Bessarab, D., Thompson, S.C. (2011). “Nowhere to room…nobody told them”: Aboriginal peoples’ views on logistical impediments to participation in cancer treatment. The Australian Health Review 35 (2) DOI: 10.1071/AH09835; TOC Head:

2010

  1. Shahid, S., Bleam, R., Bessarab, D., Thompson, S. (2010). “If you don’t believe it, it won’t help you”: Use of bush medicine in treating cancer among Aboriginal people in Western Australia. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. 6 (18) 

2009

  1. Shahid, S., Bessarab, D., Howat, P., Thompson, S.C. (2009). Exploration of the beliefs and experiences of Aboriginal people with cancer in Western Australia: A methodology to acknowledge cultural difference and build understanding. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 9 (60) 
  2. Shahid, S., Finn, L., Bessarab, D., Thompson, S.C. (2009). Understanding, beliefs and perspectives of Aboriginal people in Western Australia about cancer and its impact on access to cancer services. BMC Health Services Research. 9 (132). 
  3. Shahid, S., Finn, L., Thompson, S.C. (2009). Barriers to participation of Aboriginal people in cancer care:  communication in the hospital setting. The Medical Journal of Australia. 190 (10): 574-579. 
  4. Shahid, S., Thompson, S.C. (2009). An overview of Indigenous cancer and their beliefs around the disease, a cross-country comparison: Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 33 (2): 109-118.

2008 

  1. Shahid, S., Beckmann, K.R. and Thompson, S.C. (2008). Supporting Cancer Control for Indigenous Australians: Initiatives and Challenges for Cancer Councils in Australia. Australian Health Review.32 (1): 56-65.

Other Publications

  1. Haigh M, Shahid S, Thompson SC (2015). Overcoming “that yucky factor”: evaluation of a DVD to educate Aboriginal people about bowel cancer. Report to the WA Bowel Cancer Screening Implementation Committee, Department of Health, Western Australia.
  2. Shahid S, Thompson SC (2015). Community-based approaches to support primary care to raise awareness and improve participation in bowel cancer screening. A policy-brief for Australian Government Department of Health.
  3. Holloway M, Shahid S, Thompson SC (2014). Evaluation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait component of the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) A report for PEPA.
  4. Thompson SC, Haynes E, Shahid S, Woods JA, Katzenellenbogen, JM, Teng, T, Boxall A (2013). Effective primary health care for Aboriginal Australians. A Policy Brief by Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health and Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.
  5. Shahid S, Deas K (2011). Evaluation of Aboriginal Healthy Lifestyle Program: Creating opportunities for women to improve their own, their families and their communities. A report prepared for Women’s Health and Family Services, Perth, WA.
  6. Thompson SC, Shahid S, Greville HS, Bessarab D (2011). “A whispered sort of stuff”: A community report on research around Aboriginal people’s beliefs about cancer and experiences of cancer care in Western Australia. A report prepared by Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health, Curtin University and Cancer Council WA.
  7. Thompson SC, Davidson PM, DiGiacomo M, Pilkington L and Shahid S (2011). Cancer Council environmental scan on Indigenous health initiatives: documenting progress in Indigenous Cancer Control. Perth, Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH) and Curtin University.
  8. Thompson SC, Shahid S, Beckmann KR (2006). Improving Cancer-related Services for Aboriginal People: Possible Roles for the Cancer Council Western Australia. Unpublished report to the Cancer Council, WA.
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Specialty Areas

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

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