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Clinical Associate Professor Smita Shah

Director; Clinical Associate Professor
Sydney Medical School Edward Ford Building A27
Sydney NSW, 2006
Tel: (02) 9845 6505
Fax: (02) 9845 5310
 

Biography

Clinical Associate Professor Smita Shah is the Director of the Primary Health Care Education and Research Unit at Westmead Hospital in New South Wales. Alongside this, she is also working at The University of Sydney as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Sydney Medical School. She also holds the following conjoint positions:

Over the course of her career, Smita has developed, evaluated and managed programs and research projects in immunisation, asthma, the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, obesity prevention and Aboriginal health which have fostered partnerships at national and international levels and improved the health of targeted populations. Smita has worked with diverse community groups in health promotion and prevention and has also been an advocate for effective education and training in lung health. Smita developed the Adolescent Asthma Action (Triple A) Program which is an innovative, peer-led approach to improving asthma self-management in young people. It has led to significant clinical improvements in quality of life, along with decreasing asthma attacks and school absenteeism. She was also instrumental in developing the Taking Action Together for Asthma Program as a learning module for health professionals and medical students.

Smita graduated from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, with a medical degree and has received a Masters in Community Health from The University of Sydney. Her current research is addressing the prevention of obesity through the Students as Lifestyle Activists (SALSA) program and reducing health disparities.

In 2009, Smita received the University of Sydney Alumni Award (Community Achievement) in recognition of her personal contributions to society through dedicated community service. And, in 2011, at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand in Perth, she was honoured with the President’s Award which recognised Smita’s dedication and achievements in respiratory health, particularly in socially disadvantaged communities.

 
Last updated: 28 June 2017
 
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