Dr Heena Akbar

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Research Fellow, Centre for Child Nutrition Nutrition

Dr Heena Akbar is a Research Fellow at the Childhood Nutrition Research, working on the Feeding our Mana Project. Heena has extensive experience in community development, community-based participatory action research, and with strong application of qualitative, quantitative and Indigenous methodologies and approaches in cross-cultural settings including the Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders), culturally and linguistically diverse  and Maori and Pacific Islander communities. Heena has successfully completed three funded projects with Pasifika communities promoting diabetes and chronic condition prevention and management for Australian Pacific Islander communities  and developed a Pasifika Women’s Diabetes Wellness Program – a health promotion wellness lifestyle intervention for Maori and Pacific Island women with type 2 diabetes in Queensland.