Ms Shahinoor Akter

Ms Shahinoor Akter

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

Shahinoor is a PhD candidate at School of Medicine and Public Health. Her PhD topic to examining maternal health care services accessibility among Indigenous women in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. Prior to starting PhD, Shahinoor worked as a social researcher at an international health research organization in Bangladesh from 2008 to 2015.

Shahinoor's research area of interest includes maternal and child health and Indigenous health issues. As a young professional, her future endeavor involves contributing to minimise the discrimination in health rights of underprivileged groups including Indigenous people and ensure safe motherhood for every woman regardless of class and ethnicity. 


Keywords

  • Health care service
  • Health system
  • Indigenous women health
  • Women's Health

Awards

Scholarship

Year Award
2016 UNIPRS and UNRSC50:50 Scholarship
University of Newcastle
2012 Australia Awards Scholarship
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Akter S, Davies K, Rich JL, Inder KJ, 'Community perspectives of barriers indigenous women face in accessing maternal health care services in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh', ETHNICITY & HEALTH, (2020)
DOI 10.1080/13557858.2020.1862766
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Jane Rich, Kate Davies
2020 Rahman MA, Khan MN, Akter S, Rahman A, Alam MM, Khan MA, Rahman MM, 'Determinants of exclusive breastfeeding practice in Bangladesh: Evidence from nationally representative survey data', PLOS ONE, 15 (2020)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0236080
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Mdnuruzzaman Khan Uon
2020 Akter S, Davies K, Rich JL, Inder KJ, 'Barriers to accessing maternal health care services in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh: A qualitative descriptive study of Indigenous women's experiences.', PloS one, 15 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0237002
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Kate Davies, Kerry Inder, Jane Rich
2020 Akter S, Rich JL, Davies K, Inder KJ, 'Prevalence and factors associated with knowledge and access to delivery services at primary health care facilities amongst indigenous women in Khagrachhari district Bangladesh - A cross-sectional study', MIDWIFERY, 90 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2020.102798
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Jane Rich, Kate Davies
2020 Akter S, Rich JL, Davies K, Inder KJ, 'Prevalence and factors associated with antenatal care service access among Indigenous women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study', PLOS ONE, 15 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0244640
Co-authors Jane Rich, Kerry Inder, Kate Davies
2019 Akter S, Rich J, Davies K, Inder K, 'Access to maternal healthcare services among Indigenous women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study', BMJ Open, 9 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033224
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Jane Rich, Kate Davies
2019 Akter S, Davies K, Rich JL, Inder KJ, 'Indigenous women s access to maternal healthcare services in lower- and middle-income countries: a systematic integrative review', International Journal of Public Health, 64 343-353 (2019) [C1]

Objectives: Globally, Indigenous people have lower-health status compared to non-Indigenous people due to unequal access to health care. Barriers or enablers to accessing maternal... [more]

Objectives: Globally, Indigenous people have lower-health status compared to non-Indigenous people due to unequal access to health care. Barriers or enablers to accessing maternal health services by Indigenous women are not well researched. This review aims to determine accessibility and utilisation of maternal primary healthcare services among Indigenous women in lower- and middle-income countries. Methods: We conducted a systematic integrative review of published and grey literature published between 2000 and 2017. Studies on maternal healthcare service utilisation by Indigenous women in lower- and middle-income countries were included. From 3092 articles identified, 10 met the eligibility criteria. Results: The most prominent barrier to accessing maternal primary healthcare services was the top-down nature of intervention programmes, which made programmes culturally unfriendly for Indigenous women. Distance, cost, transport, accommodation, language barriers and lack of knowledge about existing services also impacted access. Conclusions: Findings provided insights into understanding the gaps in existing policies for Indigenous women and their access to maternal health services. Results suggested that efforts be made to ensure appropriate programmes for Indigenous women┬┐s maternal health right.

DOI 10.1007/s00038-018-1177-4
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Kate Davies, Jane Rich, Kerry Inder
2018 Waldman L, Ahmed T, Scott N, Akter S, Standing H, Rasheed S, ''We have the internet in our hands': Bangladeshi college students' use of ICTs for health information', GLOBALIZATION AND HEALTH, 14 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12992-018-0349-6
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2017 Hussain F, Clasen T, Akter S, Bawel V, Luby SP, Leontsini E, et al., 'Advantages and limitations for users of double pit pour-flush latrines: a qualitative study in rural Bangladesh', BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 17 (2017)
DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4412-7
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12
Akter S, Doran F, Avila C, Nancarrow S, 'A qualitative study of staff perspectives of patient non-attendance in a regional primary healthcare setting.', Australasian Medical Journal, 7
DOI 10.21767/amj.2014.2056
Akter S, Lorencatto F, Forbes G, Miller S, Althabe F, Coomarasamy A, et al., 'Perceptions and experiences of the prevention, identification and management of postpartum haemorrhage: a qualitative evidence synthesis', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd013795
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Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Akter S, Inder K, Davies K, Rich J, 'Antenatal care (ANC) service utilisation among Indigenous women in Chittagong Hill Tracts Bangladesh', Cairns (2019)
Co-authors Kate Davies, Kerry Inder
2019 Akter S, Davies K, Rich J, Inder K, 'Attitudes towards & experiences of accessing maternal health care services among the Indigenous women in Khagrachhari district, Bangladesh', Kuala Lampur, Malaysia (2019)
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Kate Davies
2019 Akter S, Inder K, Davies K, Rich J, 'Maternal health care access among Indigenous women in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh', Adelaide (2019)
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Kate Davies
2019 Akter S, Inder K, Davies K, Rich J, 'Review of Indigenous women s access to maternal healthcare in low-middle income countries', Adelaide (2019)
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Jane Rich, Kate Davies
2019 Majeed T, Akter S, James E, 'Establishing the Feasibility & Preliminary Efficacy of Peer Generated MCQs as an Active Learning Strategy', Establishing the Feasibility & Preliminary Efficacy of Peer Generated MCQs as an Active Learning Strategy, Canberra (2019)
Co-authors Erica James, Tazeen Majeed
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Ms Shahinoor Akter

Contact Details

Email shahinoor.akter@uon.edu.au
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