Dr. Fatima is a Research Fellow at Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University. Fatima received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Her major interest is in sleep research, specifically in the epidemiology of poor sleep and emerging burden of poor sleep in the young population. She is interested in exploring the link between inadequate sleep and cardiovascular outcomes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.

Her research interest also involves identifying approaches to enhance health outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged population groups, specifically focusing on how epidemiological analyses can better inform policy and health services to reduce health disparities.

  • Cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes of poor sleep
  • Primary Health Care service improvement
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • 2017 to 2018 - Research Fellow, , Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University (Mount Isa, QLD)
  • 2015 to 2017 - Research Officer, , Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University (Mount Isa, QLD)
  • 2013 to 2016 - Ph.D. Graduate, School of Public Health, University of Queensland (Brisbane, QLD)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Research Student, School of Public Health, University of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW)
Research Disciplines
  • 2018 - Recipient of the JCU Rising Stars Early Career Researcher Leadership Program
  • 2017 to 2018 - Australasian Sleep Association (ASA)
  • 2016 to 2017 - Public Health Association of Australia

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Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Co-Design Sleep Apnoea Awareness and Education Program for First Nations Peoples in Remote Queensland

Indicative Funding
$49,881 over 2 years
In First Nations communities, limited awareness of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and its health impact, shame in seeking care and service access issues are leading to a high burden of undiagnosed / untreated OSA. This project will co-design an OSA education program and train Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) as local champions to offer OSA support services for First Nations peoples. A culturally responsive education program / resources and support service will improve community awareness and understanding of OSA, enable a social environment to discuss OSA without shame and ensure timely uptake of diagnostic / management services. Evaluation will assess program acceptability, effectiveness and identify improvement opportunities.
Yaqoot Fatima, Stephanie King, Santosh Jatrana, Sam May, Timothy Skinner and Romola Bucks (Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health, Gidgee Healing Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Ltd, La Trobe University and The University of Western Australia)
Sleep Apnoea; Service Model; Diagnosis; Rural Health

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Nurse-led and Aboriginal health worker supported model for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea diagnosis and management in remote Queensland

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 2 years
This project involves trial and evaluation of nurse-led, and Aboriginal health workers (AHWs) supported, integrated model for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) diagnosis and management in Mount Isa. After appropriate training and upskilling, nurses and AHWs will offer diagnosis and management of OSA. Patients with moderate-severe OSA will be managed locally, while atypical/complex patients will be referred to specialists. Validated questionnaires and objective measures will be used to assess treatment effectiveness, waiting time reduction, treatment adherence and feasibility and acceptability of the model. Stakeholder interviews will help in identifying opportunities for improvement and strategies for sustaining and systematising the model over time.
Yaqoot Fatima, Godrey Martis, Isabelle Skinner, Timothy Skinner, Romola Bucks, Peter Eastwood, Stephanie King, Santosh Jatrana and Abdullah Mamun (Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health, North West Hospital and Health Service, La Trobe University, The University of Western Australia and The University of Queensland)
Sleep apnoea; Service model; diagnosis; Rural health

Western Queensland Primary Care Collaborative Limited - Research Grant

Co-designing and evaluating youth mental health services in remote, Central and NW Qld.

Indicative Funding
$207,800 over 2 years
This project will trial place-based youth (aged 12-25 years) mental health service models in remote Queensland communities. Co-design workshops will be conducted with young people and key stakeholders in North West Queensland (NWQ) and Central West Queensland (CWQ). The workshops will identify and prioritise youth mental health needs, incorporate young people's input in service design, structure and delivery, and co-define service effectiveness indicators. Based on workshop findings, WQPHN will commission appropriate service to offer mental health assessments, referral and clinical service delivery in NWQ. In the final stage, model evaluation will be conducted to improve service delivery and inform future rollout of services.
Yaqoot Fatima, Santosh Jatrana and Sabina Knight (Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health)
Youth mental health; Service model; Co-design; Rural health

Western Queensland Primary Care Collaborative Limited - Research Grant

After Hours - ED Presentation Project

Indicative Funding
$250,000 over 5 years
The aim of the project is to: a) Develop a place based approach for cross-service/practice model of After Hours Primary Care service delivery and; b) Develop a framework for the development of After Hours services, make recommendations for the next steps in appropriate After Hours service delivery, and provide recommendations with regard to how to move toward implementation.
Sabina Knight and Yaqoot Fatima in collaboration with Maureen Khan (Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Emergency Department; After Hours Primary Care; Practice Model

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Sleep and Educational Outcomes in Indigenous Children (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) as Indicators of Victimisation of IPV in Adulthood. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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