Lecturer, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences
Zaidah Rizidah is a lecturer in Public Health at PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. At the institute, she is a convener for various Master of Public Health modules (HH 5105 Environmental and Occupational Health, HH 5301 Non communicable diseases Epidemiology and Control, HH 5103 Behavioural Health Sciences). She has been appointed as a member for Institute of Health Sciences Research and Ethics committee (IHSREC) until 2022. She also holds an administrative position as a visit coordinator at the institute.
Her research interest is mostly in the area of Health Promotion and Non-communicable diseases.
Ph.D. (Public Health)
Master in Public Health
BHSc. Biomedical Science
Seafarers are amongst occupational groups with the highest risk for mental illness. Quality of social relationships remains an important associate of depression as social isolation experienced by seafarers on-board is associated with poor mental health. In Brunei, the oil and gas industries contributed to over half of the countryâ€™s GDP and 90 percent of total export earnings by exporting oil and gas every day to various countries. This massive operations are supported by workforce of seafarers who spend up to 4 months and 14 days of sea time. Evidence has suggested that individuals with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have a greater burden of mental illness. This study therefore aims to examine the current status of mental health and its associated NCDsâ€™ risk factors among seafarers in Brunei. Based on the findings, recommendation guidelines to reduce NCDsâ€™ risk factors among seafarers will be developed through research collaborations with experts of NCDs. By addressing this topic, evidence on the current status of mental health and its associated NCDsâ€™ risk factors among seafarers can be established which can lead to improved work performance and the countryâ€™s economy.
OPCAR Project: Improving Oral Palliative Care for Terminally-ill Patients in Brunei Darussalam
Principle investigators: Dr. Jagjit Singh Dhaliwal and Dr Zaidah Rizidah Murang
Grant awarded: $37,065.