Dr Barbara Nattabi

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Senior Lecturer, Rural and Remote Health

MBChB (MUK)
MSc (Lond)
PhD (Curtin)

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Professional Background: 

Barbara is medical doctor, public health researcher and educator with over seven years’ experience working in rural Uganda and over seven years working experience in Australia, five in rural Australia. She is a Senior Lecturer and a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow (2014-2018). Barbara’s current research focuses on health services reform and quality improvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services, particularly quality improvement of primary health care sexual health services. Between 2010 and 2014 she was Chief Investigator on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health quality improvement care grant, supported by The Lowitja Institute. This project resulted in the development of a first ever national Sexually Transmitted Infections and Blood Borne Viruses clinical audit tool which is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services to apply state of the art continuous quality improvement methods to ensure their clients receive high quality sexual health care and enable research into the determining what factors impact on quality of sexual health care in primary health care. She is currently a chief investigator on a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses.  Her other interests include HIV epidemiological, clinical and social research, sexual and reproductive health among vulnerable populations, especially young people, social determinants of health, impact of stigma and discrimination on health behaviour and outcomes, mixed methods research, refugee and migrant health and rural health education. Barbara has significant experience in curriculum development, teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students and student supervision. She is the unit coordinator of Health Program Evaluation unit delivered through UWA's School of Population Health and she is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University  

Research Interests:

  • Aboriginal Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections and Blood Borne Viruses
  • Primary health care
  • Health services research
  • Quality improvement
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Evaluation of Health programs

Memberships / Affiliations:

  • Member UWA SAGE Athena Swan Group Self-Assessment Team

  • Member Community of Practice for Action on HIV and Mobility (CoPAHM)

  • Member WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN) Interest Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nattabi B, Girgis S, Matthews V, Crawford K, Bailie R, Ward JE. System level (organisational) predictors associated with better syphilis testing in primary health care settings for Aboriginal populations:  New evidence for managers and policy makers.  July 2017. Read the report here

Nattabi B, Gudka S, Ward J, Rumbold A. Quality improvement interventions for improving the detection and management of curable sexually transmitted infections in primary care (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD012374. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012374.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Prout S, Lin I, Nattabi B, Green C. ‘I could never have learned this in a lecture’: transformative learning in rural health education. Advances in Health Sciences Education 2013.

Nattabi B. Desire to have children among people living with HIV in post-conflict Northern Uganda: a mixed methods study [PhD Thesis]. Curtin University of Technology 2012.

Nattabi B, Li J, Thompson SC, Orach CG, Earnest J. Between a rock and a hard place: stigma and the desire to have children among people living with HIV in northern Uganda. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2012; 15 (2): 1-11.

Ward J, Nattabi B, Hamilton SJ, Nadew G, Wiley T. Kimberley Pilbara Medicare Local: Sub-Regional Needs Assessment and Plan for the ‘Medicare Local After-Hours Program’. Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health 2012.

Nattabi B, Li J, Thompson SC, Orach CG, Earnest J. Factors associated with perceived stigma among people living with HIV/AIDS in post-conflict northern Uganda. AIDS Education and Prevention 2011; 23 (3): 193-205.

Nattabi B, Li J, Thompson SC, Orach CG, Earnest J. Family planning among people living with HIV in post-conflict Northern Uganda: A mixed methods study. Conflict and Health 2011; 5: 18.

Landoni G, Pierotti C, Nattabi B, Nono J, Biselli C, Corrado B. A successful TB defaulter control in a war zone with high HIV prevalence . Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine 2010; 3 (1): 78-80.

Nattabi B, Li J, Thompson SC, Orach CG, Earnest J. A systematic review of factors influencing fertility desires and intentions among people living with HIV/AIDS: implications for policy and service delivery. AIDS and Behavior 2009; 13 (5): 949-968.

Accorsi S, Fabiani M, Nattabi B, Ferrarese N, Corrado B, Iriso R, Ayella EO, Pido B, Yoti Z, Corti D, Ogwang M, Declich S. Differences in hospital admissions for males and females in northern Uganda in the period 1992-2004: a consideration of gender and sex differences in health care use. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2007; 101 (9): 929-938.

Fabiani M, Cawthorne A, Nattabi B, Ayella EO, Ogwang M, Declich S. Investigating factors associated with uptake of HIV voluntary counselling and testing among pregnant women living in North Uganda. AIDS Care 2007; 19 (6): 733-739.

Fabiani M, Nattabi B, Pierotti C, Ciantia F, Opio AA, Musinguzi J, Ayella EO, Declich S. HIV-1 prevalence and factors associated with infection in the conflict-affected region of North Uganda. Conflict and Health 2007; 1: 3.

Fabiani M, Yoti Z, Nattabi B, Ayella EO, Opio AA, Musinguzi J, Garcia Calleja JM, Declich S. Adjusting HIV prevalence data from a program for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission for surveillance purposes in Uganda. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 2007; 46 (3): 328-331.

Fabiani M, Nattabi B, Ayella EO, Ogwang M, Declich S. Differences in fertility by HIV serostatus and adjusted HIV prevalence data from an antenatal clinic in northern Uganda. Tropical Medicine & International Health 2006; 11 (2): 182-187.

Selected Conference presentations, posters and abstracts

Nattabi B. Quality improvement of Indigenous primary sexual health care services. 2nd Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation. Sydney, October 2013.

Nattabi B. What is ailing Uganda’s health system and what can we do about it? Uganda’s 50th Independence Anniversary Conference WA: Evaluating the past, present towards the future. Perth, October 2012.

Nattabi B, Li J, Thompson SC, Orach CG, Earnest J. Experience of stigma and its impact on fertility desire and intentions of people living with HIV in Northern Uganda. 11th Social Research Conference on HIV, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases. Sydney.

Nattabi B LJ, Thompson SC, Orach C. G, Earnest J.. Desire and intent to have children among people living with HIV/AIDS in post conflict Northern Uganda [Poster]. Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2009. Brisbane, .

Nattabi B, Li J, Thompson SC, Orach CG, Earnest J. Family planning among people living with HIV/AIDS in post conflict Northern Uganda [Poster]. Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2009. Brisbane, .

Nattabi B, Li J, Thompson SC, Orach CG, Earnest J. Symbolic capital, women’s social position and desire for children among HIV infected women in Northern Uganda. Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2009. Brisbane, September 2009.

Awards

2014 NHMRC Early Career Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Fellowship

2012 UWA Teaching and Learning ‘Programs that Enhance Learning Award’ under the “Educational Partnerships and Collaborations with other Organizations” category for “Country Week 2011”

 2008-2011 Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS)

 2008-2011 Curtin University Postgraduate Scholarship (CUPS)

 2009-2010 Daphne Elliot Bursary awarded by the Australian Federation of University Women-South Australia

 2009 Best oral presentation Theme D: HIV populations at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 9-11 September 2009, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia for the paper: Symbolic capital, women’s social position and desire for children among HIV infected women in Northern Uganda

 2000-2001 World Bank Scholarship for Masters of Science Public Health in Developing Countries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grants

Ward J, Kaldor J, Donovan B, Guy R, Fairley C, Arabena K, Mak D, Scrimgeour D, Ryder N, Nattabi B. Australian Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses 2016-2020. NHMRC#1100302 $2,496,847 

Nattabi B. Uptake of a sexual health clinical audit tool and its impact on sexual health service delivery in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services (Early Career Fellowship). NHMRC #1072777 2014 - 2017 $334,596.

Katzenellenbogen JM, Thompson SC, Nattabi B, Hall M, Haynes E. Attracting the Future Rural Health Workforce. Rural Health West 2013 $72,400.

Nattabi B, Warner W, Lin I, Riggs J, McCabe-Gutsa Z, Minney C, Bennel P. Bidi Bidi Early Childhood Education & Family Support Centre - Pilot, Phase Two. Department of Regional Land Development 2012 - 2014 $271,983.

Nattabi B, Rumbold A, Taylor-Thomson D, Belton S, Scrimgeour D, Marshall L, Knox J, Garton L, Leamy J, Howard M, Puszka S, Croft C. Development and Implementation of a Sexually Transmitted Infections and Blood Borne Viruses Audit Tool and Protocol to support CQI in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Services Lowitja Institute 2012 - 2013 $80,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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