School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Student Profile

Dr Rashid Ansari
PhD - Self-management of type 2 diabetes: focusing on the middle-aged population of rural area of Pakistan
Mode of study : 
Part-time (external)
Country : 
Australia / Saudi Arabia
Previous Education : 
MEngSc (Adelaide), MPH (Qld), MClinEpi (Newcastle)

I commenced my PhD studies at SPHCM as an external student in April 2016 and was honoured that I was accepted by two excellent supervisors: Dr Hassan Hosseinzadeh, an academic with expertise in health education and health promotion and Prof Nicholas Zwar, a general physician with outstanding research profile in chronic disease management in general practice and primary health care. Their great support and encouragement and outstanding way of guiding me have given me a clear direction to achieve the ultimate goal of completing my PhD with significant contribution in the field of Public Health and Community Medicine. The UNSW is among the best universities in the world and have an outstanding research facilities and environment in Public Health and Medicine.

The primary aim of my PhD study is to use the qualitative research in self-management of type 2 diabetes in the middle-aged population of Pakistan, to understand patient’s perceptions and experiences of self-management of their diabetes and to explore the barriers to self-management. The other aim of this study is to use the quantitative method to explore the association between illness and cultural beliefs and self-management behaviours in middle-aged population of Pakistan.

It is very fascinating to work at SPHCM as my research work is highly appreciated by my supervisors and colleagues. Within six months of my studies, I have already published five articles in peer-reviewed international journals with high impact factor. My work was very well received by local and international communities and I was invited as a speaker in a conference on Healthcare Systems  in UK to present my work . This was only possible to achieve by the continuous help and guidance of my supervisors.

For students just started their studies, I will suggest to enjoy their studies as ultimately they will earn a degree which will enhance their academic profile and open the doors for a bright future.

My research work on self-management of type 2 diabetes would make a unique contribution to public health in the rural area of Pakistan and will enhance the knowledge and understanding of patients of diabetes with regards to self-management of this chronic disease. A PhD degree from UNSW is highly regarded in the world and will enhance my academic and research profile.