Dr Shanti   Raman
Conjoint Associate Professor

Dr Shanti Raman

medicine-health
Sch Women's&Children's Health

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

Phone
02 8738 4844

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2009
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Wells R; Murad M; Higgins M; Smith L; Lenette C; Lappin J; Dew A; Boydell K; Bibby H; Cassaniti M; Isaacs D; Raman S; Zwi K, 2021, 'Exploring the intersection of human rights, health, disability and refugee status: An arts-based approach', Australian Journal of Human Rights, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2021.1882044
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Napier-Raman S; Rattani A; Qaiyum Y; Bose V; Seth R; Raman S, 2021, 'Impact of COVID-19 on the lives of vulnerable young people in New Delhi, India: a mixed method study', BMJ Paediatrics Open, vol. 5, pp. e001171 - e001171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2021-001171
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Rajmil L; Hjern A; Boran P; Gunnlaugsson G; Kraus De Camargo O; Raman S, 2021, 'Impact of lockdown and school closure on children's health and well-being during the first wave of COVID-19: A narrative review', BMJ Paediatrics Open, vol. 5, pp. e001043 - e001043, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2021-001043
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Price AMH; Zhu A; Nguyen HNJ; Contreras-Suárez D; Schreurs N; Burley J; Lawson KD; Kelaher M; Lingam R; Grace R; Raman S; Kemp L; Woolfenden S; Goldfeld S, 2021, 'Study protocol for the Healthier Wealthier Families (HWF) pilot randomised controlled trial: Testing the feasibility of delivering financial counselling to families with young children who are identified as experiencing financial hardship by community-based nurses', BMJ Open, vol. 11, pp. e044488, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044488
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Oberg C; Nathawad R; Raman S; Goldhagen J, 2021, 'Violence Against Children: Recognition, Rights, Responses', Pediatric Clinics of North America, vol. 68, pp. 357 - 369, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pcl.2020.12.008
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Goldhagen JL; Shenoda S; Oberg C; Mercer R; Kadir A; Raman S; Waterston T; Spencer NJ, 2020, 'Rights, justice, and equity: a global agenda for child health and wellbeing.', Lancet Child Adolesc Health, vol. 4, pp. 80 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(19)30346-3
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Dew A; Lenette C; Smith L; Boydell K; Bibby H; Lappin J; Coello M; Raman S; Velkou K; Wells R; Momartin S; Blunden H; Higgins M; Murad M; Barry J; Mohammad Y, 2020, '“To the Arabic community disability is not normal”: Understandings of disability among Iraqi and Syrian people from refugee backgrounds.', Journal of Refugee Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feaa111
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Raman S; Harries M; Nathawad R; Kyeremateng R; Seth R; Lonne B; Zwi K; Spencer NJ; Goldhagen J; Mercer R; Rubio B; Tamburlini G; Goldfeld S; Woolfenden S; Gander S; Oberg C, 2020, 'Where do we go from here? A child rights-based response to COVID-19', BMJ Paediatrics Open, vol. 4, pp. e000714, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000714
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Ghosh S; Dronavalli M; Raman S, 2020, '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, vol. 56, pp. 622 - 629, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.14701
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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 Paediatrics Open, vol. 4, pp. e000615, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2019-000615
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Raman S; Muhammad T; Goldhagen J; Seth R; Kadir A; Bennett S; D'Annunzio D; Spencer NJ; Bhutta ZA; Gerbaka B, 2020, 'Ending violence against children: What can global agencies do in partnership?', Child Abuse and Neglect, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104733
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Wickramasinghe Y; Raman S; Garg P; Jain K; Hurwitz R, 2019, 'The adverse childhood experiences checklist: Can it serve as a clinical and quality indicator?', J Paediatr Child Health, vol. 55, pp. 1113 - 1118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.14368
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Wickramasinghe YM; Raman S; Garg P; Hurwitz R, 2019, 'Burden of adverse childhood experiences in children attending paediatric clinics in South Western Sydney, Australia: a retrospective audit.', BMJ Paediatr Open, vol. 3, pp. e000330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2018-000330
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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, http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1871526514666141014144505
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2007
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2007
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Thomas P; Milne B; Raman S; Shah S, 2007, 'Refugee youth - Immunisation status and GP attendance', Australian Family Physician, vol. 36, pp. 568 - 570
    Journal articles | 2007
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2006
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2006
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2004
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2004
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2003
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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
    Journal articles | 2003
    Dr Shanti Raman
    Raman S, 2003, 'Community Paediatrics', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 39, pp. 395 - 395, http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1440-1754.2003.00167.x
    Journal articles | 2001
    Dr Shanti Raman
    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

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