Ms Shahinoor Akter

Ms Shahinoor Akter

Research student

Career Summary


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. 


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

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111717 Primary Health Care 50
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 30
160508 Health Policy 20



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


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)

© 2018, Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+). Objectives: Globally, Indigenous people have lower-health status compared to non-Indigenous people due to unequal access to health c... [more]

© 2018, Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+). 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
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Kate Davies, Jane Rich
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
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 Web of Science - 9
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
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