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Fatima Ghani

Fatima is currently undertaking a PhD in social epidemiology, focusing on how the social and built environment of neighbourhoods influence the recreational and utilitarian walking of men and women of different age groups. She is using data from How Areas in Brisbane Influence HealTh and AcTivity (HABITAT) Study, a large multilevel longitudinal study of life and recreation in mid age and older adults living in 200 neighbourhoods in Brisbane (Australia) led by her principal supervisor, Prof. Gavin Turrell. Co-supervisors are Dr Jerome Rachele and Prof. Simon Washington. This research program is part of the NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable and Equitable Communities.

She was awarded the Best Student Oral Presentation at the 9th World Congress on Active Ageing 2016 (held in Melbourne from 28th June to 1st July 2016), where she presented the results of her paper “Gender and age differences in walking for transport and recreation: Are the relationships the same in all neighborhoods?“.

Fatima completed a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Public Health, graduating with Distinction. She has worked in a range of health promotion and research projects as well as policy roles at the Australian Government Department of Health, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the former Australian National Preventive Health Agency.


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