Dr Nadia Charania

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Senior Lecturer, Public Health & Emergency and Disaster Management

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 6796

Email: nadia.charania@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT University  (Room MB216)
South Campus
640 Great South Road
Manukau, Auckland, 2025
New Zealand

Postal Address:
Discipline of Public Health
Mail Code M-2
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Qualifications:

2014 Doctor of Philosophy (University of Waterloo)
2011 Masters of Environmental Studies (University of Waterloo)
2009 Bachelor of Science Honours (Queen’s University)
2008 Respiratory Therapy Diploma (Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences)  

Memberships and Affiliations:

Reviewer for:
  • Vaccine
  • Pacific Health
  • Rural and Remote Health
  • New Zealand Medical Journal
  • Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
  • Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
  • The International Journal of Preventative Medicine

Biography:

Nadia is passionate about preventing infectious diseases among marginalized populations. Her background is in health sciences and she completed her doctoral studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2014. Nadia’s previous research efforts primarily focused on improving local influenza pandemic preparedness with remote and isolated Canadian First Nations communities using community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches. She moved to Auckland, New Zealand and joined AUT University in early 2015 where she is involved in a range of teaching, research and service activities.

Nadia has research expertise in the areas of public health and infectious disease prevention and control. She specialises in qualitative research and participatory action research with a focus on community participation and knowledge translation. Her research programme is primarily directed towards reducing health inequities related to infectious diseases faced by marginalised populations, such as migrants and refugees.

Teaching Areas:

Public health, Health promotion, Global health, Participatory action research, Qualitative research

Nadia is the Paper Leader & Coordinator for the following paper:
  • Global Health (PUBH803)
Nadia also guest lectures on the following undergraduate and postgraduate papers:
  • Risk Management (EMGT601)
  • Emergency Risk Communication (EMGT806)
  • Integrative Research (HEAL811)
  • Qualitative Research II (HEAL810)

Research Areas:

Public health, infectious disease prevention and control, immunisations, vaccine-preventable diseases, public health emergency preparedness, influenza pandemic planning, health inequities, migrant and refugee health, community participation.

Current Research Projects:

  • “Exploring immunisation inequities among refugee children in New Zealand” (Principal Investigator, funded by the Health Research Council [HRC])
  • “Exploring inequities for immunization and vaccine preventable diseases among immigrant children” (Key Researcher, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment [MBIE])
  • “Improving the health of immigrant and refugee women of reproductive age through immunization” (Co-Applicant, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR])
  • “Engaging South Asians and Chinese migrants in disaster risk reduction in New Zealand” (Principal Investigator, funded by the Earthquake Commission [EQC])

Ongoing Supervision

Nadia is currently offering supervision for eligible Masters and PhD students with relevant backgrounds and research interests, please contact her directly if you are interested.

PhD/DHSc Projects:
  • “Disaster Risk Reduction in a Multi-cultural society – Engaging New Zealand’s South Asian Migrants” by Vineeta Rao, PhD student. Primary supervisor (2017-present).
  • “Health literacy: exploring the context of refugee young people” by Paul Ripley, DHSc Student. Advisor (2017-present).
  • “Creating a space for indigenous Sahariya youth to improve access to safe water in rural Rajasthan, India” by Renu Sisodia, PhD Candidate. Secondary supervisor (2015-present).

Masters Projects:

  • “Enhancing readiness: an exploration of a New Zealand Firefighter Training Programme” by Todd Miller, Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor (2018-present).
  • “Vulnerability and capacities of international students in the face of disasters in Auckland, New Zealand: a qualitative descriptive study” by Christian Thorup-Binger, Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor (2018). 
  • “The experiences of accessing healthcare for families of children with bronchiectasis in the Counties Manukau District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand: a qualitative study” by Nicola Jepsen, Master of Public Health. Primary supervisor (2018).  
  • “The collective experiences of middle management when implementing a business continuity management system within their public sector organisation teams” by Deborah FitzPatrick, Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor (2018).

Publications:

Submitted/Under review:


  • Charania, N.A., Paynter, J., Lee, A.C., Watson, D.G., Turner, N.M. Vaccine-preventable disease-associated hospitalisations among migrant and non-migrant children in New Zealand. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (Under review).
  • Charania, N.A., Gaze, N., Brooks, S., Kung, J. Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunisation coverage among migrants and non-migrants worldwide: A scoping review of published literature, 2006-2016. Vaccine (Under review).
  • Thorup-Binger C., Charania, N.A. Vulnerability and capacities of international students in the face of disasters in Auckland, New Zealand: A qualitative descriptive study. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (Under review).


Published (total 21)

  • Jepsen, N., Charania, N.A., Mooney, S. Health care experiences of mothers of children with bronchiectasis in Counties Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand. BMC Health Services Research, 18:722.
  • Charania, N.A., Turner, N.M. (2018). 100 years since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic – progress made, yet questions remain. A synopsis of the 4th New Zealand Influenza Symposium, February 2018. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1481), 50-55.  
  • Charania, N.A., Paynter, J., Lee, A.C., Watson, D.G., Turner, N.M. (2018). Exploring immunisation inequities among migrant and refugee children in New Zealand. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 1-8.
  • Charania, N.A., Murfitt, D., Turner, N.M. (2017). Seasonal influenza and vaccination strategies - is a paradigm shift needed? A synopsis of the 3rd New Zealand Influenza Symposium, November 2016. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1462), 71-79.
  • Charania, N.A., Moghadas, S.M. (2017). Modelling the effects of booster dose vaccination schedules and recommendations for public health immunization programs: the case of Haemophilus influenzae serotype b. BMC Public Health, 17:705.
  • Charania, N.A., Watson, D., Turner, N.M. (2017). Perceptions of caregivers and healthcare providers regarding the potential introduction of the varicella vaccine to the childhood immunisation schedule in New Zealand: a qualitative study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, doi:10.1111/jpc.13661.
  • Turner, N.M, Charania, N.A., Chong, A., Stewart, J., Taylor, L. (2017). The challenges and opportunities of translating best practice immunisation strategies among low performing general practices to reduce equity gaps in childhood immunisation coverage in New Zealand. BMC Nursing, 16:31.
  • Liberda, E.N., Meldrum, R., Charania, N.A., Davey, R., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2017). Avian influenza prevalence among hunter-harvested birds in a remote Canadian First Nation community. Rural and Remote Health, 17(3864).
  • Charania, N.A., Mansoor, O.D., Murfitt, D., Turner, N.M. (2016). What’s new with the flu? Reflections regarding the management and prevention of influenza from the 2nd New Zealand Influenza Symposium, November 2015. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1441), 54-62.
  • Charania, N.A., Martin, I.D., Liberda, E.N., Meldrum, R., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2014). Bird harvesting practices and knowledge, risk perceptions, and attitudes regarding avian influenza among Canadian First Nations subsistence hunters: implications for influenza pandemic plans. BMC Public Health, 14:1113.
  • Charania, N.A., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2014). Recommended mitigation measures for an influenza pandemic in remote and isolated First Nations communities of Ontario, Canada: a community-based participatory research approach. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 5(3).
  • Charania, N.A., Tsuji, L.J.S., Martin, I.D., Liberda, E., Coté, S., Ayotte, P., Dewailly, E., Nieboer E. (2014). An examination of traditional foods and cigarette smoking as cadmium sources among the nine First Nations of Eeyou Istchee, northern Quebec, Canada. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 16(6), 1422-1433.
  • Isogai, A.D., McCarthy, D.D., Gardner, H.L., Karagatzides, J.D., Vandenberg, S., Barbeau, C.D., Charania, N.A., Edwards, V., Cowan, D., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2013). Examining the potential use of the collaborative-geomatics informatics tool to foster intergenerational transfer of knowledge in a remote First Nation community. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 42(1), 44-57.
  • Charania, N.A., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2013). Assessing the effectiveness and feasibility of implementing mitigation measures for an influenza pandemic in remote Aboriginal communities: a qualitative community-based participatory research approach. Rural and Remote Health, 13(4): 2566.
  • Charania, N.A., Cowan, D., and Tsuji, L.J.S. (2013). Health care delivery in remote and isolated First Nations communities in Canada: the need for a collaborative health informatics system. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 8(5), 71-84.
  • Charania, N.A., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2012). A community-based participatory approach and engagement process creates culturally appropriate and community informed pandemic plans after the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic: remote and isolated First Nations communities of sub-arctic Ontario, Canada. BMC Public Health, 12(268).
  • Charania, N.A., Barbeau, C.D., McCarthy, D.D., Cowan, D., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2012). Developing a collaborative health informatics system to foster inter-agency collaboration and communication during public health emergencies: remote and isolated First Nation communities of sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 7(4), 75-92.
  • McCarthy, D.D.P., Whitelaw, G.S., Anderson, S., Cowan, D., McGarry, F., Robins, A., General, Z., Liedtke, J., Youden, H., Barbeau, C.D., Charania, N.A., Sutherland, C., Alencar, P., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2012). Collaborative geomatics and the Mushkegowuk Cree First Nations: fostering adaptive capacity for community-based sub-Arctic natural resource management. Geoforum, 43(2), 305-314.
  • Barbeau, C.D., Charania, N.A., Isogai, A.D., McCarthy, D.D., Cowan, D., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2011). Fostering adaptive capacity and resilience to environmental change in sub-Arctic First Nations: the use of collaborative geomatics, an interactive, web-based informatics tool. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 7(3), 117-134.
  • Charania, N.A., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2011). The 2009 H1N1 pandemic response in remote First Nation communities of sub-Arctic Ontario: barriers and improvements from a health care services perspective. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 70(5).
  • Charania, N.A., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2011). Government bodies and their influence on the 2009 H1N1 health sector pandemic response in remote and isolated First Nation communities of sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. Rural and Remote Health, 11(3).

Conference Presentations (Total 7)

  • Charania, N.A., Paynter, J., Lee, A.C., Watson, D., and Turner, N.M. Exploring inequities for immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases among migrant and refugee children. 16th PHAA National Immunisation Conference. Adelaide, Australia, 2018.
  • Charania, N.A., Paynter, J., Lee, A.C.L., Watson, D., and Turner, N.M. Exploring inequities for immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases among migrant children: the Red Knot (Huahou) Study. 10th New Zealand Immunisation Conference. Wellington, New Zealand, 2017.
  • Charania, N.A., Sutherland C., and Tsuji, L.J.S. The 2009 H1N1 health sector pandemic response in remote and isolated First Nation Communities of sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. International Conversations: Pandemic Influenza. Lismore, Australia, 2012. (Invited Presentation).
  • McCarthy, D.D.P., Gardner Youden, H.L., Barbeau, C.D., Charania, N.A., Isogai, A.D., Edwards-Wheesk, R., Sutherland, C., Sutherland, T.A., Cowan, C., and Tsuji, L.J.S. The various applications of collaborative geomatics systems: an interactive, web-based mapping tool in remote and isolated First Nation communities in sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. 8th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society. Los Angeles, USA, 2012.
  • Charania, N.A., Sutherland C., and Tsuji, L.J.S. A community-based approach to pandemic planning: swine flu (H1N1) and remote First Nations of sub-arctic Ontario. Health Systems Research on H1N1 Knowledge Exchange Workshop. Ottawa, Canada, 2011. (Invited Presentation).
  • Charania, N.A., McCarthy, D.D.P., Cowan, C., and Tsuji, L.J.S. Using collaborative health informatics to foster inter-agency communication and collaboration of community health care services in remote and isolated First Nation communities of sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. 7th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society. Bilbao, Spain, 2011.
  • Charania, N.A., Tsuji, L.J.S., Kataquapit G., Sutherland C., and Edwards-Wheesk, R. A community-based approach to pandemic planning: swine flu (H1N1) and remote First Nations of sub-Arctic Ontario. 2nd Biennial First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health Research Meeting. Ottawa, Canada, 2010.

Awards:

  • Vice Chancellors Emerging Researcher Excellence Award, AUT, 2018
  • Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences Emerging Researcher Excellence Award, AUT, 2018 
  • Award for Outstanding Emerging Researcher, AUT, 2015
  • Award for Outstanding New and Emerging Lecturer, AUT, 2015
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2011-2014  
  • Graduate Scholar Award, 8th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, 2012
  • Graduate Scholar Award, 7th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, 2011
  • Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Honour, University of Waterloo, 2011  
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario, 2010-2011
  • President’s Graduate Scholarship, University of Waterloo, 2010-2011

Last updated: 14-Dec-2018 10.28am

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