Researcher

Dr Sameera Ansari

My Expertise

Clinical research, Patient activation, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Self-management of chronic disease, Primary health care, Biopsychosocial research, Health behaviour, Health services, Implementation science, Digital health

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Biography

Sameera has over 15 years of experience in health care as a physiotherapist, educator and researcher. She has postgraduate training in cardio-pulmonary sciences and completed her PhD on self-management of COPD in the context of multi-morbidity in 2018, which made a significant contribution to original research in respiratory medicine and primary health care. Till date, Sameera has led several research projects to successful completion. She is...view more

Sameera has over 15 years of experience in health care as a physiotherapist, educator and researcher. She has postgraduate training in cardio-pulmonary sciences and completed her PhD on self-management of COPD in the context of multi-morbidity in 2018, which made a significant contribution to original research in respiratory medicine and primary health care. Till date, Sameera has led several research projects to successful completion. She is experienced in quantitative and qualitative research methods, systematic review of literature, co-design, implementation and evaluation of clinical trials, crafting original research protocols and human research ethics applications, program development for self-management of chronic disease and writing policy documents.
 

Through her research, Sameera has collaborated with organisations such as Primary Health Networks, Local Health Districts, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, GlaxoSmithKline Australia, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Pacific Health Information Network and the World Health Organization. She has been successful in obtaining competitive research funding from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, Commonwealth of Australia, World Health Organization and the European Respiratory Society. Sameera is passionate about clinical research on chronic disease that aims to improve health outcomes for patients, enhances health care delivery, and informs clinical practice and policy. Her main research interests are COPD, chronic disease prevention and management, global health, health systems, health services, implementation science, digital health and primary health care.

Sameera is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and core team member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth (AUS-135) based at the School.


My Grants

Mar 2020     Adoption of telehealth and digital health information systems in low and middle-income Pacific island countries and territories: a policy brief for health policymakers; Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies; Adam Craig, Sameera Ansari, Teng Liaw, Sunia Soakai, Katri Maria Kontio, Alex Rosewell, Rowena Cullen, John Hall

Mar 2019    Co-creation of digital health country profiles for the Pacific Island Countries; World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific; Teng Liaw, Sameera Ansari

Feb 2019     A review of the use of mHealth to promote healthy ageing and support the delivery of age-friendly health and long-term care services in the Western Pacific Region; World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific; Teng Liaw, Sameera Ansari

June 2018   Sponsorship for presenting my research at the 2018 Primary Health Care Research Conference in Melbourne; Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, UNSW Sydney; Sameera Ansari

June 2017   Sponsorship for presenting my research at the ERS International Congress 2017 in Milan, Italy; European Respiratory Society; Sameera Ansari

July 2015    Sponsorship of registration fee for presenting my research at the 2015 Primary Health Care Research Conference in Adelaide; Primary Health Care Research and Information Service; Sameera Ansari

May 2015    Activating Primary Care COPD Patients with Multi-morbidity (APCOM) Pilot Study; Investigator Sponsored Studies Grant, GlaxoSmithKline Australia; Sameera Ansari, Hassan Hosseinzadeh, Sarah Dennis, Nicholas Zwar

Jan 2015     Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship towards stipend and conference expenses while working on the APCOM Pilot Project; National Health and Medical Research Council; Sameera Ansari

July 2014     UNSW Australian Postgraduate Award towards PhD stipend; Commonwealth of Australia; Sameera Ansari

July 2014     Sponsorship of registration fee for presenting my research at the 2014 Primary Health Care Research Conference in Canberra; Primary Health Care Research and Information Service; Sameera Ansari

Nov 2013     Competitive scholarship for presenting my research at the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology Congress in Yokohama, Japan; Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, UNSW Sydney; Sameera Ansari

July 2013     Sponsorship of registration fee for attending the 2013 Primary Health Care Research Conference in Sydney; Primary Health Care Research and Information Service; Sameera Ansari


My Qualifications

Jan 2018   Doctor of Philosophy - Public Health and Community Medicine (Understanding the Impact of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Intervening to Improve Self-Management in the Context of Multi-morbidity), UNSW Sydney, Australia

 

Mar 2008   Master of Physiotherapy in Cardio-Pulmonary Sciences, Sri Ramachandra University (a Harvard Medical International institution), Chennai, India

 

Mar 2005   Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Sri Ramachandra University (a Harvard Medical International institution), Chennai, India


My Awards

Jun  2017    Young Scientist Sponsorship; European Respiratory Society

Nov 2016    Research Student Award; Postgraduate Council, UNSW Sydney 

Jan 2015     Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship; Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

July 2014    Australian Postgraduate Award; Commonwealth of Australia (through UNSW Sydney)

Mar 2008    University gold medal for academic, clinical and research excellence during the Master of Physiotherapy in Cardio-Pulmonary Sciences program; Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India

Mar 2005    University gold medal for academic excellence during the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program; Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India

Jan 2005     Best Outgoing Physiotherapy Internee for outstanding health service delivery; Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India


My Research Activities

  • Development of a policy brief on digital health adoption for the Pacific Island Countries (Co-Investigator)
  • A systematic review of toolkits for implementation and evaluation of digital health (Coordinating Investigator)
  • Co-creation of digital health profiles and maturity assessments for the Pacific Island Countries (Coordinating Investigator - UNSW end)
  • Informatics Capability Maturity assessment of general practices in South Western Sydney (Co-Investigator)
  • A systematic review of randomized controlled trials on mHealth for healthy ageing (Lead Investigator)
  • COPD Patient driven Actions within a Concordant Evidence-based agenda (PACE) in Primary Care (Coordinating Investigator)

My Engagement

My current professional memberships:

Invited Member - NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Respiratory Clinical Community of Practice (Covid-19)

Organisational Member - Asia eHealth Information Network

Volunteer Member - Chronic Care, Cardiac and Respiratory Networks, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

Community Member - International Foundation for Integrated Care

Life Member - Indian Association of Physiotherapists


My Teaching

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Location

School of Public Health and Community Medicine