Professor Rafat Hussain

Deputy Head of School (Research) - School of Rural Medicine

Rafat Hussain

Phone: +61 0267733678



My academic background spans clinical medicine, public health, & health services management. I have expertise across a range of disciplinary areas, and taught across a variety of units in public health, health management, international health, health promotion, health sciences and research methodologies – and across a range of courses and awards from Bachelors and Masters to Doctoral students.

I have published extensively in high quality international journals and positively reviewed books: 6 book chapters, 64 refereed papers, 11 refereed conference proceedings and other scholarly works. I also have presented papers at over 70 research conferences and symposia. Many of my research publications are widely cited, with 1,946 citations to 102 published works in Google Scholar with an H-index of 26 and i10-index of 36 (Feb 2014).

I have worked in a number of senior administrative positions in both School of Rural Medicine and earlier in School of Health at UNE including Deputy Head of School; Acting Head of School (Aug 2010 – Sept 2011); Research Coordinator across the Schools of Health & Rural Medicine (2008-10); Coordination of Postgraduate Research (2001-2009, School of Health & 2008 to date in School of Rural Medicine).

I am a grant reviewer for ARC, NHMRC and National Science Foundation (USA) and a range of state-based agencies; and peer reviewer for a large number of refereed international journals including:

BMC Medicine  (Biomed Central); BMC Public Health (Biomed Central); Journal of Biosocial Science (Cambridge University Press); American Journal of Human Biology (Harvard University Press); Journal of Violence Against Women (Sage, USA); Health Promotion International (Oxford University Press); Journal of Human Biology (Blackwell); Health Policy (Elsevier); Population Studies  (Routledge); Evidence-Based Complementary Therapies (Elsevier); Social Science & Medicine (Elsevier); Annals of Human Biology (Informa Healthcare); Community Genetics (Lower press); Ethnicity & Health (Taylor & Francis/Carfax, UK); Journal of Intellectual Disability Research(Wiley/Blackwell); Disability & Rehabilitation (Informa Healthcare); & Australian New Zealand Journal of Public Health  (PHAA).


-PhD (1998). Epidemiology & Population Health, Australian National University. Australia

-Master of Public Health (1990). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

-MBBS (1984). Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan.


-International Union for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID)

- Council of Academic Public Health Institutions, Australia (CAPHIA)

- Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)

- Australasian Epidemiological Association  (AEA)

- National Rural Health Association (Australia)

- Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID)

Consultancy Interests

Social Determinants of Health; Ageing & Disability; Health Services Research; Rural Health; Sexual Health.

Teaching Areas

Public Health; Epidemiology; Health Services; Women's Health; Disability Studies; Research Methodologies.

Research Interests

A major recent research grant, with several embedded sub-projects is the UNE-led Collaborative Research Network (CRN) grant on Mental Health and Well Being in Rural and Regional Settings (2011-14). I am the Theme Leader for "Self care, Resilience and Mental Health" ($1.76 million in cash, $2.2 m in total). The UNE-led grant is funded the Commonwealth Government for $4.8 million in cash ($6.938 million including cash and in-kind contributions from 4 partner universities including U. Sydney, U. Newcastle, La Trobe University, UNSW and the Hunter New England Local Health District).

Parmenter, T., Hussain, R. Knox, M., Janicki, M., Hayhoe, N., Leggatt-Cook, C., Armour, P & Kingstone, M. (2013-16). Keeping my Place in the Community: Achieving Successful Ageing-in-Place for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. ARC Linkage Grant (LP  LP130100168). Amount: $344,500 (ARC) & $180,000 (cash and in-kind contribution from industry partners: Ability Options Limited, Endeavour Foundation, UnitingCare Ageing NSW.ACT, The Ascent Group Australia Ltd).

Hussain, R., Parmenter, T. & Wark, S. (2013). End-of-Life care for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund. Amount: $40,000.

Hussain, R, Parmenter, T, O'Brien, P, Janicki, M, Knox, M, Leggat-Cook, C & Wark, S. (2012) "It's Different in the Country" Supporting Ageing-in-Place for People with Developmental Disability: An exploration of rural and metropolitan perspectives. National Disability Research and Development Grants. Amount: $44,361.

Parmenter T, Knox M, Janicki M, Hussain R. (2012). Supporting Ageing-in-Place for People with and into Disability: An exploration of rural and metropolitan perspectives. IRT Foundation. Amount: $50,000  [administered through U. Sydney].

Hussain, R. (2013). The Impact of Chronic Disease, Disability and Care-giving on Health. 2013 University Seed Grants. Amount: $13,845.


Book Chapters

Hussain, R. (2012). Social and Cultural Aspects Customary Consanguineous Marriages in South Asia. In D. Kumar (ed.), Genomics and Health in the Developing World, Oxford University Press, USA, pp. 945-952.

Journal Articles

  1. Singh, P., Hussain, R., Khan, A., Irwin, L. & Foskey, R. (2014). Dementia care: Intersecting informal family care and formal care systems. Journal of Aging Research.  ID 486521,
  2.  Wark, S., Hussain, R., & Edwards, H. (2014). The training needs of staff supporting individuals ageing with intellectual disability: A Delphi study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability. Early view published online 17 January 2014. DOI: 10.1111/jar.12087.
  3. Hussain, R., Guppy M, Robertson S, Temple E. (2013). Physical and mental health issues for adolescents transitioning to university life. BMC Public Health, 13: 848. Available from Highly Accessed.
  4. Minichiello, V., Rahman, S.& Hussain, R. (2013). Epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections in global Indigenous population: Data availability and gaps. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 24(10): 759-768.
  5. Rashidian, M., Hussain, R. & Minichiello, V. (2013). "My culture haunts me no matter where I go":  The voices of Iranian-American women discussing their sexual and acculturations experiences. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 15: 866-867.
  6. Fisher, K., & Hussain, R. (2013). Informal talk: Shaping understandings of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in rural Australia. Rural & Remote Health. Published 27 March 2013.
  7. Wark, S., Hussain, R., & Edwards, H. (2013). Rural and remote service provision for people ageing with intellectual disability. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 10: 62-70.
  8. Dillon, G., Hussain, R., Loxton, D. & Rahman, S. (2013). Mental and physical health and intimate partner violence against women: A review of the literature.  International Journal of Family Medicine, Article ID 313909, 15 pages, doi: 10.1155/2013/313909
  9. Do, K., Minichiello, V., & Hussain, R. (2012). HIV risks among injecting drug users in Vietnam: A review of the research evidence. Current HIV Research, 10: 479-486.
  10. Parmenter, G., Cruikshank, M. & Hussain, R. (2012). The social lives of rural Australian nursing home residents. Ageing & Society, 32: 329-353. Published Online First in 2011.
  11. Abrahamson, I., Hussain, R., Khan, A., & Schofield, M.J. (2012). What helps couples rebuild their relationship after infidelity?, Journal of Family Issues, 33: 1494-1519. Published Online First in 2011.

 In Press

  1. Barlow, E., Hacker, N., Hussain, R., Parmenter, G. Sexuality and body image following treatment for early stage vulvar cancer: a qualitative insight. Journal of Advanced Nursing. (accepted 20 Nov 2013).
  2. Do, K., Minichiello, V., Hussain, R. & Khan, A. (2013). Sexual history taking in general practice: managing female sex workers in Vietnam for STIs. International Journal of STD & AIDS (provisional acceptance).

Research Supervision Experience

I am recognized as an expert in Higher Degree Research supervision. To date, I have successfully graduated over 20 HDR students (17 PhDs and Doctor of Health Services).


Gina Dillon

Catherine Cosgrave

Miranda Cannon

David Charles Williams

Recent Completions

Khoi Do (2014).

Rasheeda Khanam (2013).

Hamoud Al Shammari (2011).

Bandar Jannadi (2011).

Mitra Rashidian (2011).

Stuart Wark  (2010).