Dr Nighat Faruqi

Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity
University of New South Wales
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Dr Night Faruqi works as a COMPaRE-PHC post-doctorate fellow, based at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the UNSW. She is a medical doctor and holds a Masters of Community Child Health from the University of Warwick, U.K. and a doctorate from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales. Nighat is interested in the role of physical activity in the prevention of weight gain and its effect on dyslipidaemia.

Nighat has recently co-ordinated a pilot study, Supporting Teamwork for Equity in Preventive Practice (STEPP) which explored the feasibility of enhancing preventive care for patients with low health literacy in Australian primary care. She is currently coordinating a randomised controlled trial on weight management in obese patients with low health literacy: Better Management of Weight in General Practice (BMWGP).

Nighat is currently co-supervising Nouhad El-Haddad, a COMPaRE-PHC PhD student who is conducting research on “The influence of culture, language and religion on health literacy for weight loss and maintenance in primary health care services in disadvantaged communities”.

Selection of recent publications:

Faruqi, N., Spooner, C., Joshi, C., Lloyd, J., Dennis, S., Stocks, N., Taggart, J., Harris, M. F. (2015). Primary health care-level interventions targeting health literacy and their effect on weight loss: a systematic review. BMC Obesity, 2(1). doi:10.1186/s40608-015-0035-7

Faruqi, N., Stocks, N., Spooner, C., el Haddad, N., & Harris, M. F. (2015). Research protocol: Management of obesity in patients with low health literacy in primary health care. BMC Obesity, 2(1). doi:10.1186/s40608-015-0036-6

Faruqi, N., Lloyd, J., Ahmad, R., Yeong, L. -L., & Harris, M. (2014). Feasibility of an intervention to enhance preventive care for people with low health literacy in primary health care. Australian Journal of Primary Health. doi:10.1071/PY14061

Dennis S, Harris MF,  Lloyd J, Powell Davies G, Faruqi N, Zwar N. Do people with existing chronic conditions benefit from telephone coaching? A rapid review. Australian Health Review. 2013; Accepted 29 January 2013.

Powell Davies PG, McDonald J, Jeon YH, Krastev Y, Christl B, Faruqi N. Integrated primary health care Centres and polyclinics: a rapid review. Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity UNSW and Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Sydney 2009.

Nighat Faruqi, John Frith, Stephen Colagiuri, Mark Harris. The use and perceived value of diabetes clinical management guidelines in general practice. Australian Family Physician, 2000. Vol. 29, No. 2

Nighat Faruqi, Stephen Colagiuri, Mark Harris, John Frith. Diabetes clinical management guidelines: a self-reported survey of General Practitioners’ awareness, attitudes and use. Australian Family Physician. Vol. 32, No. 7, July 2003