Dr Reem Zeki

Dr Reem Zeki

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Office of the PVC Health and Medicine

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Reem Zeki is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle. She is a public health researcher and epidemiologist, with extensive experience in linked population health data management and analysis. Her doctoral research examined maternal and fetal outcomes of pregnant women with diabetes by method of birth, and she previously worked on data management and analysis of the National Perinatal Data Collection at the University of NSW, co-authoring three national reports. She is currently working on an NHMRC-funded project evaluating outcomes of the Connections program through an analysis of population linked health and justice datasets. This important initiative provides individualised support for post-release NSW prisoners with a history of problem drug use.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Technology Sydney
  • Master of Public Health, University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • Diabetes during pregnancy
  • Justice Health
  • Maternal morbidity
  • Perinatal epidemiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Return to custody

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 40
111706 Epidemiology 40
111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
Office of the PVC Health and Medicine
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/8/2019 - 31/12/2019 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow University of Technology Sydney
Faculty of Health
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/1999 - 1/12/2006 Dentist Ministry of Health
Iraq
2/7/2012 - 31/7/2014 Research assistant University of New South Wales
Medicine
Australia
1/8/2014 - 31/7/2019 Research Officer University of Technology Sydney
Faculty of Health
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Sullivan EA, Kendall S, Chang S, Baldry E, Zeki R, Gilles M, et al., 'Aboriginal mothers in prison in Australia: a study of social, emotional and physical wellbeing', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 43 241-247 (2019) [C1]

© 2019 The Authors Objective: To describe the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of Aboriginal mothers in prison. Methods: Cross-sectional survey, including a Short Form Hea... [more]

© 2019 The Authors Objective: To describe the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of Aboriginal mothers in prison. Methods: Cross-sectional survey, including a Short Form Health Survey (SF-12) and Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (5-item version) administered to Aboriginal women who self-identified as mothers. Results: Seventy-seven Aboriginal mothers in New South Wales (NSW) and 84 in Western Australia (WA) participated in the study. Eighty-three per cent (n=59) of mothers in NSW were in prison for drug-related offences, 64.8% (n=46) of mothers in WA were in prison for offences committed under the influence of alcohol. Sixty-eight per cent (n=52) of mothers in NSW and 35% (n=28) of mothers in WA reported mental health problems. Physical (PCS) and Mental (MCS) component scores of SF-12 varied for mothers in NSW and WA. Mothers in NSW experienced poorer health and functioning than mothers in WA (NSW: PCS 49.5, MCS 40.6; WA: PCS 54.4, MCS 48.3) and high levels of psychological distress (NSW: 13.1; WA 10.1). Conclusions: Aboriginal mothers in prison have significant health needs associated with physical and mental health, and psychological distress. Implications for public health: Adoption of social and emotional wellbeing as an explanatory framework for culturally secure healthcare in prison is essential to improving health outcomes of Aboriginal mothers in prison in Australia.

DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12892
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors E Sullivan
2019 Zeki R, Li Z, Wang AY, Homer CSE, Oats JJN, Marshall D, Sullivan EA, 'Obstetric anal sphincter injuries among women with gestational diabetes and women without gestational diabetes: A NSW population-based cohort study', AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY, 59 662-669 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/ajo.12950
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors E Sullivan, Zhuoyang Li
2019 Sullivan E, Ward S, Zeki R, Wayland S, Sherwood J, Wang A, et al., 'Recidivism, health and social functioning following release to the community of NSW prisoners with problematic drug use: study protocol of the population-based retrospective cohort study on the evaluation of the Connections Program', BMJ OPEN, 9 (2019)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030546
Co-authors E Sullivan
2018 Zeki R, Wang AY, Lui K, Li Z, Oats JJN, Homer CSE, Sullivan EA, 'Neonatal outcomes of live-born term singletons in vertex presentation born to mothers with diabetes during pregnancy by mode of birth: A New South Wales population-based retrospective cohort study', BMJ Paediatrics Open, 2 (2018)

© Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2018. All rights reserved. Objectives To investigate the association between the mode... [more]

© Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2018. All rights reserved. Objectives To investigate the association between the mode of birth and adverse neonatal outcomes of macrosomic (birth weight =4000 g) and non-macrosomic (birth weight <4000 g) live-born term singletons in vertex presentation (TSV) born to mothers with diabetes (preexisting and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)). Design A population-based retrospective cohort study. setting New South Wales, Australia. Patients All live-born TSV born to mothers with diabetes from 2002 to 2012. Intervention Comparison of neonatal outcomes by mode of birth (prelabour caesarean section (CS) and planned vaginal birth resulted in intrapartum CS, non-instrumental or instrumental vaginal birth). Main outcome measures Five-minute Apgar score <7, admission to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or special care nursery (SCN) and the need for resuscitation. results Among the 48 882 TSV born to mothers with diabetes, prelabour CS was associated with a significant increase in the rate of admission to NICU/SCN compared with planned vaginal birth. For TSV born to mothers with pre-existing diabetes, compared with non-instrumental vaginal birth, instrumental vaginal birth was associated with increased odds of the need for resuscitation in macrosomic (adjusted ORs (AOR) 2.6; 95% CI (1.2 to 7.5)) and non-macrosomic TSV (AOR 3.3; 95% CI (2.2 to 5.0)). For TSV born to mothers with GDM, intrapartum CS was associated with increased odds of the need for resuscitation compared with non-instrumental vaginal birth in non-macrosomic TSV (AOR 2.3; 95% CI (2.1 to 2.7)). Instrumental vaginal birth was associated with increased likelihood of requiring resuscitation compared with non-instrumental vaginal birth for both macrosomic (AOR 2.3; 95% CI (1.7 to 3.1)) and non-macrosomic (AOR 2.5; 95% CI (2.2 to 2.9)) TSV. Conclusion: Pregnant women with diabetes, particularly those with suspected fetal macrosomia, need to be aware of the increased likelihood of adverse neonatal outcomes following instrumental vaginal birth and intrapartum CS when planning mode of birth.

DOI 10.1136/bmjpo-2017-000224
Co-authors E Sullivan, Zhuoyang Li
2018 Zeki R, Oats JJN, Wang AY, Li Z, Homer CSE, Sullivan EA, 'Cesarean section and diabetes during pregnancy: An NSW population study using the Robson classification', JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY RESEARCH, 44 890-898 (2018)
DOI 10.1111/jog.13605
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors E Sullivan, Zhuoyang Li
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Report (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Hilder L, Li Z, Zeki R, Sullivan E, 'Stillbirths in Australia 1991-2009', AIHW, 84 (2014)
Co-authors E Sullivan, Zhuoyang Li
2013 Li Z, Zeki R, Hilder L, Sullivan E, 'Australia's mothers and babies 2011', AIHW National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit, 135 (2013)
Co-authors Zhuoyang Li, E Sullivan
2012 Li Z, Zeki R, Hilder L, Sullivan E, 'Australia s mothers and babies 2010', AIHW National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit 2012, 132 (2012)
Co-authors Zhuoyang Li, E Sullivan
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Dr Reem Zeki

Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Office of the PVC Health and Medicine
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email reem.zeki@newcastle.edu.au
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