Rafat Hussain: The Notable Professor of Sindh

Rafat Hussain is an Associate Professor of Population Health, at the Australian National University Medical School & the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW), Research School of Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra. She was initially a Professor of Public Health and Deputy Head of the School of Rural Medicine at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.

Early life of Rafat Hussain

Rafat Hussain was born in the Karachi city, Pakistan. She studied at the Mama Parsi School and St. Joseph’s College, Karachi. In the year of 1978 she joined the Dow Medical College (now part of Dow University of Health Sciences) from where she gained the MBBS degree in 1984. She completed her internship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Internal Medicine from the Civil Hospital, Karachi.

Career of Rafat Hussain

From the time period of 1987 to 1993 she worked as an academic at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, where she was actively involved in teaching, clinical care and establishment of primary health care programs.

She was Principal Investigator during 1992-93 on a project ‘Community Perceptions and Management of Acute Respiratory Infections in Urban Slums of Karachi’, funded by Harvard Institute for International Development, USA. In 1993 she obtained a scholarship to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Demography followed by PhD in Epidemiology & Population Health from the Australian National University which she completed in the year of 1998.

Hussain has worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Nutrition at University of Wollongong and as a Visiting Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. At University of New England, she was a Senior Lecturer (2000–04) and Associate Professor in Health Management (2005–09). From the time period of 2002-13, she was also the Research Higher Degree Coordinator for masters by research and doctoral degrees including Doctor of Health Services Management and PHD. From 2007 onwards she was associated with the establishment of the School of Rural Medicine at the University of New England, a joint venture with School of Medicine & Public Health at the University of Newcastle to constitute the Joint Medical Program (JMP) across the two universities. She was the Deputy Head of School from 2007-2015, and in between also served as the Acting Head of School (2010–11).

Her research interests involve Ageing and disabilities, population health and well-being, women’s health and sexual health, health promotion, and health services research. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed international journals and has over 3500 citations to her published works. She has been awarded nearly 4 million dollars in research funding and has been an investigator on a number of research projects including a current study on ageing & disabilities funded by the Australian Research Council. Dr Hussain is an Associate Investigator at the Centre for Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), funded by Australian Research Council. A full list of her publications and citation metrics is available on Google Scholar



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