Dr Zaidah Rizidah Binti Murang


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. 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. She is currently working on 3 projects which are on 1) Improving oral care for terminally-ill patients in Brunei Darussalam, 2) Health literacy among diabetic patients in Brunei Darussalam, which is a collaborative project between Health Promotion Centre (HPC) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and 3) Health insurance coverage among documented migrant workers in Brunei Darussalam.


Ph.D. (Public Health)
Master in Public Health
BHSc. Biomedical Science


Health promotion
Occupational health
Non-communicable diseases
Mental Health


Mental Health and its associated non-communicable diseases’ (NCDs) risk factors among seafarers in Brunei

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 country’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 NCDs’ risk factors among seafarers in Brunei. Based on the findings, recommendation guidelines to reduce NCDs’ 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 NCDs’ risk factors among seafarers can be established which can lead to improved work performance and the country’s economy.

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Zaidah Rizidah Murang, Nik Tuah, and Lin Naing. 2017. “Parental perceptions of factors influencing the development of childhood obesity in Brunei Darussalam: A cross-sectional study.” Brunei International Medical Journal 13(1): 20-26.

Zaidah Rizidah Murang, Nik Tuah, and Lin Naing. 2017. “Knowledge, attitude and practice towards eating and physical activity among primary school children in Brunei: a cross sectional study.” International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health 0(0).

Tajidah Talip, Zaidah Rizidah Murang, Nurolaini Kifli, and Lin Naing. 2016. “Systematic review of smoking initiation among Asian adolescents, 2005-2015: Utilizing the frameworks of triadic influence and planned behavior.” Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 17 (7): 3341-3355.

Tajidah Talip, Nurolaini Kifli, Zaidah Rizidah Murang and Lin Naing 2016. “Smoking Initiation and Continuation - A Qualitative Study among Bruneian Male Adolescents.” Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 17 (7): 3533-3540.

Zaidah Rizidah Murang, Siti Hanna Muharram, and Oduola Abiola. 2014. “Investigating Brunei’s Seafood Markets for Vibrio parahaemolyticus using the Most Probable Number- Polymerase Chain Reaction.” Asian Journal of Medical Sciences 5 (2): 33-39.


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.