Dr Nadia Charania

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Senior Lecturer

Email: nadia.charania@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8265-5742

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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2016 - ongoing)
  • Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2015 - 2016)
  • Research Officer, University of Waterloo (2011 - 2011)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Waterloo (2009 - 2010)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Waterloo (2010 - 2010)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, University of Waterloo
  • MES, University of Waterloo
  • BScH, Queen's University
  • Respiratory Therapy Diploma, The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences
  • Flipped Classroom Workshop, Auckland University of Technology
  • University Teachers Workshop, Auckland University of Technology
  • Fundamentals of University Teaching Certificate, University of Waterloo
  • Respiratory Therapy Credentialing Exam, Canadian Board for Respiratory Care

Overview:

Nadia is passionate about preventing infectious diseases among marginalized populations. Her background is in health sciences and she completed her doctoral studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2014. Nadia’s previous research efforts primarily focused on improving local influenza pandemic preparedness with remote and isolated Canadian First Nations communities using community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches. She moved to Auckland, New Zealand and joined AUT University in early 2015 where she is involved in a range of teaching, research and service activities.

Nadia has research expertise in the areas of migrant and refugee health, child and youth health, immunisations, vaccine-preventable diseases, infectious disease prevention and control, community engagement, innovation and health care delivery. She specialises in critical, qualitative and participatory action research with a focus on community participation and knowledge translation. Her research programme is primarily directed towards reducing health inequities related to infectious diseases faced by marginalised populations, such as migrants and refugees.

Research interests:

Public health, global health, infectious disease prevention and control, immunisations, vaccine-preventable diseases, public health emergency preparedness, pandemic planning, health inequities, migrant and refugee health, child and youth health, community participation.

Teaching summary:

Public health, Health promotion, Global health, Participatory action research, Qualitative research

Nadia is the Paper Leader & Coordinator for the following paper:
- Global Health (PUBH803)

Nadia also guest lectures on the following undergraduate and postgraduate papers:
- Qualitative Research II (HEAL810)
- Integrative Research (HEAL811)
- Emergency & Disaster Risk Management (EMGT601)

Professional activities:

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Ethnic differences in the uptake of healthcare services: A microanalysis, Health Research Council of New Zealand (2019)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Charania, N. A., Paynter, J., Lee, A. C., Watson, D. G., & Turner, N. M. (2020). Vaccine-preventable disease-associated hospitalisations among migrant and non-migrant children in New Zealand. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 22, 223-231. doi:10.1007/s10903-019-00888-4

  • Charania, N. A., Gaze, N., Kung, J. Y., & Brooks, S. (2019). Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunisation coverage among migrants and non-migrants worldwide: A scoping review of published literature, 2006 to 2016. Vaccine, 37(20), 2661-2669. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.04.001

  • Thorup-Binger, C., & Charania, N. A. (2019). Vulnerability and capacities of international students in the face of disasters in Auckland, New Zealand: A qualitative descriptive study. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 39. doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101136

  • Charania, N., Watson, D., & Turner, N. M. (2018). Perceptions of caregivers and providers regarding the potential introduction of the varicella vaccine to the childhood immunisation schedule in New Zealand: A qualitative exploratory study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 54(1). doi:10.1111/jpc.13661

  • Charania, N. A., Paynter, J., Lee, A. C., Watson, D. G., & Turner, N. M. (2018). Exploring immunisation inequities among migrant and refugee children in New Zealand. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics, 14(12), 3026-3033. doi:10.1080/21645515.2018.1496769

  • Jepsen, N., Charania, N. A., & Mooney, S. (2018). Health care experiences of mothers of children with bronchiectasis in Counties Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand. BMC Health Services Research, 18. doi:10.1186/s12913-018-3532-9

  • Charania, N., & Turner, N. (2018). 100 years since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic – progress made, yet questions remain. A synopsis of the 4th New Zealand Influenza Symposium, February 2018. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1481). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/

  • Liberda, E. N., Meldrum, R., Charania, N. A., Davey, R., & Tsuji, L. J. S. (2017). Avian influenza prevalence among hunter-harvested birds in a remote Canadian First Nation community. Rural and Remote Health, 17. doi:10.22605/rrh3864

  • Turner, N. M., Charania, N. A., Chong, A., Stewart, J., & Taylor, L. (2017). The challenges and opportunities of translating best practice immunisation strategies among low performing general practices to reduce equity gaps in childhood immunisation coverage in New Zealand. BMC Nursing, 16. doi:10.1186/s12912-017-0226-2

  • Charania, N., & Moghadas, S. M. (2017). Modelling the effects of booster dose vaccination schedules and recommendations for public health immunization programs: The case of Haemophilus influenzae serotype b. BMC Public Health, 17. doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4714-9

  • Charania, N. A., Murfitt, D., & Turner, N. (2017). Seasonal influenza and vaccination strategies - is a paradigm shift needed? A synopsis of the 3rd New Zealand Influenza Symposium, November 2016. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1462).

  • Charania, N. A., Mansoor, O. D., Murfitt, D., & Turner, N. M. (2016). What’s new with the flu? Reflections regarding the management and prevention of influenza from the 2nd New Zealand Influenza Symposium, November 2015. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1441). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/

  • Charania, N. A., Tsuji, L. J. S., Martin, I. D., Liberda, E. N., Coté, S., Ayotte, P., . . . Nieboer, E. (2014). An examination of traditional foods and cigarette smoking as cadmium sources among the nine First Nations of Eeyou Istchee, northern Quebec, Canada. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 16(6). doi:10.1039/c4em00064a

  • Charania, N. A., & Tsuji, L. J. S. (2014). Recommended mitigation measures for an influenza pandemic in remote and isolated First Nations communities of Ontario, Canada: A community-based participatory research approach. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 5(3). doi:10.18584/iipj.2014.5.3.2

  • Charania, N. A., Martin, I. D., Liberda, E. N., Meldrum, R., & Tsuji, L. J. S. (2014). Bird harvesting practices and knowledge, risk perceptions, and attitudes regarding avian influenza among Canadian First Nations subsistence hunters: Implications for influenza pandemic plans. BMC Public Health, 14. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1113

  • Charania, N. A., Cowan, D., & Tsuji, L. J. S. (2013). Health care delivery in remote and isolated First Nations communities in Canada: The need for a collaborative health informatics system. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 8(5). doi:10.18848/1832-3669/CGP/v08i05/56328

  • Charania, N. A., & Tsuji, L. J. S. (2013). Assessing the effectiveness and feasibility of implementing mitigation measures for an influenza pandemic in remote and isolated First Nations communities: A qualitative community-based participatory research approach. Rural and Remote Health, 13(4). Retrieved from http://www.rrh.org.au/

  • Isogai, A. D., McCarthy, D. D., Gardner, H. L., Karagatzides, J. D., Vandenberg, S., Barbeau, C. D., . . . Tsuji, L. J. S. (2013). Examining the potential use of the collaborative-geomatics informatics tool to foster intergenerational transfer of knowledge in a remote First Nation community. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 42(1). doi:10.1017/jie.2013.10

  • McCarthy, D.D.P.., Whitelaw, G.S.., Anderson, S.., Cowan, D.., McGarry, F.., Robins, A.., . . . Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2012). Collaborative geomatics and the Mushkegowuk Cree First Nations: Fostering adaptive capacity for community-based sub-arctic natural resource management. Geoforum, 43(2). doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2011.07.015

  • Charania, N. A., Barbeau, C. D., McCarthy, D. D., Cowan, D., & Tsuji, L. J. S. (2012). Developing a collaborative health informatics system to foster inter-agency collaboration and communication during public health emergencies: Remote and isolated First Nation communities of sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 7(4). doi:10.18848/1832-3669/CGP/v07i04/56228

  • Charania, N. A., & Tsuji, L. J. S. (2012). A community-based participatory approach and engagement process creates culturally appropriate and community informed pandemic plans after the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic: Remote and isolated First Nations communities of sub-arctic Ontario, Canada. BMC Public Health, 12. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-268

  • Charania, N. A., & Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2011). Government bodies and their influence on the 2009 H1N1 health sector pandemic response in remote and isolated First Nation communities of sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. Rural and Remote Health, 11(3).

  • Charania, N. A., & Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2011). The 2009 H1N1 pandemic response in remote First Nation communities of sub-Arctic Ontario: barriers and improvements from a health care services perspective. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 70(5).

  • Barbeau, C.D.., Charania, N. A., Isogai, A.D.., McCarthy, D.D.., Cowan, D.., & Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2011). Fostering adaptive capacity and resilience to environmental change in sub-Arctic First Nations: the use of collaborative geomatics, an interactive, web-based informatics tool. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 7(3).

Conference contributions

  • Charania, N., Paynter, J., Lee, A., Watson, D., & Turner, N. (2019). Exploring inequities for immunisation and disease among migrant and refugee children in New Zealand. In 11th New Zealand Immunisation Conference. Auckland: Immunisation Advisory Center.

  • Charania, N., Paynter, J., Lee, A., Watson, D., & Turner, N. (2019). Exploring inequities for immunisation and vaccine-preventable diseases among migrant and non-migrant children in New Zealand. In 23rd World Conference on Health Promotion. Rotorua. Retrieved from http://www.iuhpe2019.com/

  • Charania, N., Paynter, J., Lee, A., Watson, D., & Turner, N. (2018). Exploring inequities for immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases among migrant and refugee children. In 16th PHAA National Immunisation Conference. Adelaide: Public Health Association. Retrieved from https://www.nic2018.com/program

  • Charania, N., Paynter, J., Lee, A., Watson, D., & Turner, N. (2017). Exploring inequities for immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases among migrant children: the Red Knot (Huahou) Study. In 10th New Zealand Immunisation Conference. Wellington.

  • McCarthy, D.D.P.., Gardner Youden, H.L.., Barbeau, C.D.., Charania, N. A., Isogai, A.D.., Edwards-Wheesk, R.., . . . Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2012). The various applications of collaborative geomatics systems: an interactive, web-based mapping tool in remote and isolated First Nation communities in sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. In 8th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society. Los Angeles.

  • Charania, N. A., Sutherland C.., & Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2011). A community-based approach to pandemic planning: swine flu (H1N1) and remote First Nations of sub-arctic Ontario. In Pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) Knowledge Exchange Workshop. Ottawa.

  • Charania, N. A., McCarthy, D.D.P.., Cowan, C.., & Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2011). Using collaborative health informatics to foster inter-agency communication and collaboration of community health care services in remote and isolated First Nation communities of sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. In 7th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society. Bilbao.

  • Charania, N. A., Tsuji, L.J.S.., Kataquapit G.., Sutherland C.., & Edwards-Wheesk, R.. (2010). A community-based approach to pandemic planning: swine flu (H1N1) and remote First Nations of sub-Arctic Ontario.. In 2nd Biennial First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health Research Meeting. Ottawa.

Reports

  • Charania, N. A., Kataquapit, G.., & Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2010). Fort Albany First Nation Pandemic Plan and Appendices – August 2010.

  • Charania, N. A., Sutherland, C.., Edwards-Wheesk, R.., & Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2010). Attawapiskat First Nation Pandemic Plan and Appendices – August 2010.

  • Charania, N. A., Kamalatisit, V.., & Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2010). Kashechewan First Nation Pandemic Plan and Appendices – August 2010.

Theses

  • Charania, N. A. (2014). Employing community-based participatory research approaches to improve local influenza pandemic preparedness in remote and isolated Canadian First Nations communities. (University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada).

  • Charania, N. A. (2011). The 2009 H1N1 health sector pandemic response in remote and isolated First Nation communities of sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10012/5984

Oral presentations

  • Charania, N., Paynter, J., Lee, A., Watson, D., & Turner, N. (2018). Exploring inequities for immunisation and vaccine-preventable diseases among migrant and refugee children in New Zealand: The Red Knot (Huahou) study. Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Paynter, J., Charania, N., Watson, D., & Turner, N. (2016). The Red Knot (Huahou) Study: Exploring inequities for immunisation and vaccine-preventable diseases among migrant children in New Zealand. University of Auckland.

  • Charania, N., Watson, D., & Turner, N. M. (2016). Perceptions of caregivers and health care providers regarding the potential introduction of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine to the childhood immunisation schedule in New Zealand: A qualitative study. Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Charania, N. A., & Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2014). Emerging diseases: an update on avian influenza and MERS-CoV. Fort Albany First Nation, Ontario, Canada.

  • Charania, N. A., Martin, I.D.., Liberda, E.., Meldrum, R.., & Tsuji, L.J.S.. (2014). Sampling wild game and hunting survey: results and recommendations. Fort Albany First Nation, Ontario, Canada.

  • Charania, N., Sutherland, C., & Tsuji, L. (2012). The 2009 H1N1 health sector pandemic response in remote and isolated First Nation Communities of sub-Arctic Ontario, Canada. Tamworth, Australia.

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