PhD Completion Seminar Zahra Aziz

How to improve the prevention and self-management of type 2 diabetes in real-world settings?

Diabetes is recognised as one of the most challenging public health problems of the 21st century with the number of people with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) rapidly increasing in many countries, particularly low and middle-income countries (LMIC). While the efficacy of interventions in preventing and improving T2DM outcomes has been well established over the last fifteen years, there has generally been quite poor uptake, implementation and translation in populations, particularly in LMICs. The aim of this PhD is to evaluate the implementation and investigate the factors that influence the transferability of socio-behavioural intervention for the prevention and management of T2DM.

Zahra is an MPH graduate from the University of Melbourne. Her research investigates the success factors for implementing Type 2 Diabetes prevention and self-management programs in resource-constraint settings. She has contributed to various training and program evaluation projects including projects for Government Department of Education and Training and Queensland Health. Before commencing her PhD, she has led an evaluation of some of the major health initiatives institutionalised through community engagement in Pakistan, including projects for WHO, USAID, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.


Prof Brian Oldenburg,

Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health,

Dr John Oldroyd,

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Dr Pilvikki Absetz,

School of Health Sciences,University of Tampere, Finland

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