Shanti Raman

Conjoint Associate Professor

Dr Raman is a Consultant Paediatrician whose research and teaching interests include health of migrants and refugees, international maternal and child health, poverty, child rights and child abuse and neglect. She is currently enrolled in a PhD in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW. In her role as Community Paediatrician in charge of Child Protection services in Sydney South West Area Health Service, she has provided clinical leadership in this field, professional development and training in clinical aspects of child abuse and neglect and developed area-wide relevant policies on children’s rights and child protection.

Dr Raman has maintained a strong interest in international health, provided consultancy services in international health (maternal, neonatal and child health), worked on population based research projects in India and been involved in teaching public health. She has been involved with policy development at national (with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians), State (NSW Health), and international (though International Society for Social Pediatrics, International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect) levels. She has set up a number of clinical services for vulnerable populations of children and youth in the area; and is involved in numerous population-based research projects in child health.

She has also been involved with several quality assurance and clinical quality improvement projects for New South Wales Health Department.  Dr Raman is lead for Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) in the Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub. She has extensive experience in collaborative research projects, and has led many clinical audit and quality improvement projects in hospitals and health services. She has also supervised numerous research projects done by junior doctors, paediatric trainees and Master of Public Health students.

Key words: maternal and child health, international health, human rights, child abuse and neglect, health of migrants and refugees

PUBLICATIONS

Journal articles
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Zwi K; Sealy L; Samir N; Hu N; Rostami R; Agrawal R; Cherian S; Coleman J; Francis J; Gunasekera H; Isaacs D; Larcombe P; Levitt D; Mares S; Mutch R; Newman L; Raman S; Young H; Norwood C; Lingam R, 2020, 'Asylum seeking children and adolescents in Australian immigration detention on Nauru: a longitudinal cohort study.', BMJ Paediatr Open, vol. 4, pp. e000615, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2019-000615
2020
Uchitel J; Alden E; Bhutta ZA; Goldhagen J; Narayan AP; Raman S; Spencer N; Wertlieb D; Wettach J; Woolfenden S; Mikati MA, 2019, 'The rights of children for optimal development and nurturing care', Pediatrics, vol. 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-0487
2019
Spencer N; Raman S; O'Hare B; Tamburlini G, 2019, 'Addressing inequities in child health and development: Towards social justice', BMJ Paediatrics Open, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2019-000503
2019
Baker JR; Raman S; Kohlhoff J; George A; Kaplun C; Dadich A; Best CT; Arora A; Zwi K; Schmied V; Eapen V, 2019, 'Optimising refugee children's health/wellbeing in preparation for primary and secondary school: A qualitative inquiry', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, pp. 812, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7183-5
2019
Pangas J; Ogunsiji O; Elmir R; Raman S; Liamputtong P; Burns E; Dahlen HG; Schmied V, 2019, 'Refugee women's experiences negotiating motherhood and maternity care in a new country: A meta-ethnographic review', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 90, pp. 31 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.10.005
2019
Ghosh S; Dronavalli M; Raman S, 2019, 'Tuberculosis infection in under-2-year-old refugees: Should we be screening? A systematic review and meta-regression analysis', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.14701
2019
Raman S; Muhammad T; Goldhagen J; Spencer NJ; Bhutta ZA; Ayesha K; Rajeev S; Catherine M; Bernard G; Thea VZVDA; Susan B; Susan B; Ramya S; Tony W; Danielle DA, 2018, 'Ending violence against children: a call to action', The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, vol. 2, pp. 312 - 313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(18)30105-6
2018
Ogbo FA; Eastwood J; Page A; Arora A; McKenzie A; Jalaludin B; Tennant E; Miller E; Kohlhoff J; Noble J; Chaves K; Jones JM; Smoleniec J; Chay P; Smith B; Oei JL; Short K; Collie L; Kemp L; Raman S; Woolfenden S; Clark T; Blight V; Eapen V; Dudley A; Paz E; Stack J; Sorensen K; Knopp M; Colley A; Kleiman C, 2017, 'Prevalence and determinants of cessation of exclusive breastfeeding in the early postnatal period in Sydney, Australia', International Breastfeeding Journal, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13006-017-0110-4
2017
Raman S; Maiese M; Vasquez V; Gordon P; Jones JM, 2017, 'Review of serious events in cases of (suspected) child abuse and/or neglect: A RoSE by any other name?', Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 70, pp. 283 - 291, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.06.020
2017
Raman S; Hotton PR, 2017, 'Audit of child maltreatment medical assessments in a culturally diverse, metropolitan setting', BMJ Paediatrics Open, vol. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2017-000125
2017
Raman S; Ruston S; Irwin S; Tran P; Hotton P; Thorne S, 2017, 'Taking culture seriously: Can we improve the developmental health and well-being of Australian Aboriginal children in out-of-home care?', Child: Care, Health and Development, vol. 43, pp. 899 - 905, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cch.12488
2017
Griffiths G; Woolfenden S; Williams K; Raman S; Tzioumi D; Hayen A, 2017, 'Comprehensive paediatric assessments for children in out of home care', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD010877.pub2
2017
Hotton PR; Raman S, 2017, 'Analysis of acute presentations for child protection medical assessments in a large, culturally diverse metropolitan setting', BMJ Paediatrics Open, vol. 1, pp. e000120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2017-000120
2017
2017, 'Building resilience and ameliorating risk in Pacific Island children and young people in South Western Sydney', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 53, pp. 13 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13574_6
2017
Raman S; Srinivasan K; Kurpad A; Ritchie J; Razee H, 2016, '“We have to ask and only then do”: Unpacking agency and autonomy in women's reproductive health in urban India', Health Care for Women International, vol. 37, pp. 1119 - 1137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2016.1140171
2016
Sureshkumar P; Zurynski Y; Moloney S; Raman S; Varol N; Elliott EJ, 2016, 'Female genital mutilation: Survey of paediatricians' knowledge, attitudes and practice', Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 55, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.03.005
2016
Raman S; Nicholls R; Ritchie J; Razee H; Shafiee S, 2016, 'Eating soup with nails of pig: Thematic synthesis of the qualitative literature on cultural practices and beliefs influencing perinatal nutrition in low and middle income countries', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12884-016-0991-z
2016
Raman S; Srinivasan K; Kurpad A; Dwarkanath P; Ritchie J; Worth H, 2016, 'Erratum to “My mother…my sisters… and my friends”: Sources of maternal support in the perinatal period in urban India (Midwifery (2014) 30 (130–137)(S0266613813000818)(10.1016/j.midw.2013.03.003))', Midwifery, vol. 41, pp. 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2016.08.002
2016
Raman S; Nicholls R; Ritchie J; Razee H; Shafiee S, 2016, 'How natural is the supernatural? Synthesis of the qualitative literature from low and middle income countries on cultural practices and traditional beliefs influencing the perinatal period', Midwifery, vol. 39, pp. 87 - 97, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2016.05.005
2016
Raman S; Iljadica A; Gyaneshwar R; Taito R; Fong J, 2015, 'Improving maternal and child health systems in Fiji through a perinatal mortality audit', International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, vol. 129, pp. 165 - 168, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2014.11.010
2015
Paxton G; Tosif S; Graham H; Smith A; Reveley C; Standish J; McCloskey K; Ferguson G; Isaacs D; Gunasekera H; Marais B; Britton P; Khatami A; Zwi K; Raman S; Elliott E; Levitt D; Francis J; Bauert P; Morris P; Whybourne A; Cherian S; Mutch R; Forbes D; Rutherford D; Packer S, 2015, 'Perspective: 'The forgotten children: National inquiry into children in immigration detention (2014)'', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 51, pp. 365 - 368, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.12873
2015
Raman S; Maiese M; Hurley K; Greenfield D, 2014, 'Addressing the clinical burden of child physical abuse and neglect in a large metropolitan region: Improving the evidence-base', Social Sciences, vol. 3, pp. 771 - 784, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/socsci3040771
2014
Mehta BK; Raman S, 2014, 'Addressing the health, developmental and social outcomes of children exposed to perinatal and infectious risks', Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets, vol. 14, pp. 172 - 176
2014
Raman S; Srinivasan K; Kurpad A; Razee H; Ritchie J, 2014, '"Nothing special, everything is maamuli ": Socio-cultural and family practices influencing the perinatal period in urban India', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0111900
2014
Raman S, 2014, 'Faith, Trust and the Perinatal Healthcare Maze in Urban India', Health, Culture and Society, vol. 6, pp. 73 - 84, http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/hcs.2014.123
2014
Raman S; Sahu S, 2014, 'Health, developmental and support needs of vulnerable children - comparing children in foster care and children in need', Child Abuse Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/car.2305
2014
Raman S; Kevat D, 2013, 'Extending the workforce debate - let's talk about self-sufficiency', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 199, pp. 238 - 238, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja12.11847
2013
Griffiths G; Woolfenden S; Williams K; Raman S; Tzioumi D; Hayen A, 2013, 'Comprehensive paediatric assessments for children in out of home care', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol. 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD010877
2013
Woolfenden SR; Goldfeld SR; Raman S; Eapen V; Kemp LA, 2013, 'Inequity in child health: The importance of early childhood development', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.12171
2013
Raman S; Srinivasan K; Kurpad A; Dwarkanath P; Ritchie JE; Worth H, 2013, ''My Mother…My Sisters… and My Friends': sources of maternal support in the perinatal period in urban India', Midwifery, vol. 30, pp. 130 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2013.03.003
2013
Raman S; Holdgate A; Torrens R, 2012, 'Are our frontline clinicians equipped with the ability and confidence to address child abuse and neglect?', Child Abuse Review, vol. 21, pp. 114 - 130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/car.1180
2012
Raman S; Reynolds S; Khan R, 2011, 'Addressing the well-being of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care: Are we there yet?', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (Vol. 48, Suppl. 2, 2012, 1–13), vol. 47, pp. 806 - 811, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02030.x
2011
Raman S; Hodes D, 2011, 'Cultural issues in child maltreatment', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 48, pp. 30 - 37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02184.x
2011
Sheikh M; Pal A; Wang S; MacIntyre CR; Wood N; Isaacs D; Gunasekera H; Raman S; Hale K; Howell A, 2009, 'The epidemiology of health conditions of newly arrived refugee children: A review of patients attending a specialist health clinic in Sydney', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (Vol. 48, Suppl. 2, 2012, 1–13), vol. 45, pp. 509 - 513, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01550.x
2009
Raman S; Wood N; Webber M; Taylor K; Isaacs D, 2009, 'Matching health needs of refugee children with services: How big is the gap?', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 33, pp. 466 - 470, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00431.x
2009
Thomas P; Milne B; Raman S; Shah S, 2007, 'Refugee youth - Immunisation status and GP attendance', Australian Family Physician, vol. 36, pp. 568 - 570
2007
Raman S; Woolfenden SR; Williams K; Zwi K, 2007, 'Human rights and child health', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (Vol. 48, Suppl. 2, 2012, 1–13), vol. 43, pp. 581 - 586, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01147.x
2007
Zwi K; Raman S; Burgner D; Faniran S; Voss L; Blick B; Osborn M; Borg C; Smith M, 2007, 'Towards better health for refugee children and young people in Australia and New Zealand: The Royal Australasian College of Physicians perspective', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 43, pp. 522 - 526, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01152.x
2007
Raman S, 2006, 'Cultural identity and child health', Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, vol. 52, pp. 231 - 234, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fml034
2006
Milne B; Raman S; Thomas P; Shah S, 2006, 'Immunisation of refugee and migrant young people: Can schools do the job?', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 30, pp. 526 - 528, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-842X.2006.tb00780.x
2006
Davidson N; Skull S; Burgner D; Kelly P; Raman S; Silove DM; Steel ZP; Vora R; Smith M, 2004, 'An issue of access: Delivering equitable health care for newly arrived refugee children in Australia', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (Vol. 48, Suppl. 2, 2012, 1–13), vol. 40, pp. 569 - 575, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2004.00466.x
2004
Davidson N; Skull S; Chaney G; Frydenberg A; Isaacs D; Kelly P; Lampropoulos B; Raman S; Silove DM; Buttery J; Smith M; Steel ZP; Burgner D, 2004, 'Comprehensive health assessment for newly arrived refugee children in Australia', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (Vol. 48, Suppl. 2, 2012, 1–13), vol. 40, pp. 562 - 568, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2004.00465.x
2004
Alperstein G; Raman S, 2003, 'Promoting mental health and emotional well-being among children and youth: a role for community child health?', Child: Care, Health and Development, vol. 29, pp. 269 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2214.2003.00341.x
2003
Shah S; Raman S; Moreira C; MacIntyre CR, 2001, 'School immunisation certificates - A review over time in a disadvantaged community', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 25, pp. 534 - 538, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-842X.2001.tb00319.x
2001
Book Chapters
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Raman S; Zwi K, 2009, 'OPTIMISING THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF REFUGEE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE: WHAT WILL IT TAKE?', in Bennett DL; Towns SJ; Elliott EJ; Merrick J (ed.), CHALLENGES IN ADOLESCENT HEALTH: AN AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE, edn. Health and Human Development, NOVA SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, INC, pp. 101 - 110, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000270974100008&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2009