Tehzeeb Zulfiqar

MBBS(PU, Pk), MSc (AIOU. Pk), MPhil (QAU, Pk), MPH(R) (ANU, AU).
PhD Candidate


Dr Tehzeeb Zulfiqar is a clinician with extensive academic and research background. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the NCEPH, RSPH. She is conducting a mixed-method study for her Ph.D. The Ph.D. topic is “overweight and obesity in children of Australian immigrants from low-and-middle-income-countries”. Her PhD IS funded by Endeavour scholarship. This study included secondary data analysis of the “Longitudinal Study of Australian Children”. The research included cross sectional, longitudinal and qualitative data analysis.

Tehzeeb did her MPH (Research) in 2014 from the Australian National University with high distinction.  Her MPH research topic was “Lifestyle study of women with previous Gestational diabetes”. It was a qualitative study of overseas-born and Australian-born women. Her MSc. and MPhil research also focused on the nutritional issues of women and children.

Tehzeeb has over 15 years of public health experience in maternal and child health in Pakistan. She provided clinical and preventive health services for women and children in emergency and humanitarian situations for internally displaced people and refugees in Pakistan and Jordan.

She also worked with major government and private health programs at mid and senior levels in Pakistan. She is experienced in office administration, project management, teaching and training of medical students, and other health care providers. She has been a country director of Pakistan office of Oxford policy Management, UK for three years, where she led many surveys and policy related work.

She is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a tutor at the ANU Medical school. In addition, she has also taught the undergraduate and postgraduate students at the ANU and University of Canberra. She is also a volunteer at the Australian Red cross , the Migrant and Refugees services (MARSS) Canberra and at the Ronald MacDonald house, Canberra Hospital.


Research interests

  • Obesity in children and adults
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Maternal and child Health
  • Patient’s and human rights
  • Chronic diseases
  • Gender and health equality
  • Social determinants of health




Zulfiqar T, Burns R, Strazdins L, D’Este C. BMI trajectories and risk factors among 2-11-year-old children by their maternal immigrant status: Evidence from Longitudinal Study of Australian children. BMJ open access. Accepted 31 May 2019.

Zulfiqar T, Strazdins L, Dinh H, Banwell C, D’Este C. Drivers of Overweight/Obesity in 4–11-Year-Old Children of Australians and Immigrants; Evidence from Growing Up in Australia. Journal of immigrant and minority health,21(4), 737-750. 2018 Nov 27:1-4. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-018-0841-3

Zulfiqar T, Strazdins L, Banwell C, Dinh H, D’Este C. Growing Up in Australia: Paradox of overweight/obesity in children of immigrants from low‐and‐middle‐income countries. Obesity Science & Practice. Published online Feb, 2018. DOI: 10.1002/osp4.160

Zulfiqar T, Nolan CJ, Banwell C, Young R, Boisseau L, Ingle M, Lithander FE. Barriers to a healthy lifestyle for three-to four-year-old children of Australian-born and overseas-born mothers with post-gestational diabetes: An Australian qualitative study. Journal of Child Health Care. 2018 Jan 1:1367493518759240.

Zulfiqar T, Lithander F, Cathy Banwell, Young R, Ingle M, Boisseau L., Nolan CJ, (2017). Barriers to a healthy lifestyle post gestational-diabetes: An Australian qualitative study. Women and birth, Available online 4 February 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2016.12.003

Zahid, M; Khan, R; Sikander, S; Zulfiqar, T. Are LHWs Equipped Enough to Detect Malnutrition in Under-5 Children? A KAP Survey of District Rawalpindi. Pakistan Journal of Medical Research. 2016, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p20-24. 5p.

Rashid Z, Zulfiqar T, Rashid Nazir, Sheldon Allen, Iftikhar Cheema, et al. (2013) Evaluating primary healthcare service revitalization interventions though a knowledge, practice and coverage survey in earthquake-affected areas in Pakistan. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology. Vol. 5(5), 228-236.

Zulfiqar T, Rizwi F,  Jalili S, Shami S.A, et al. (2012) Association of maternal anthropometry with neonatal birth weight during third trimester of normal pregnancy in a hospital based study in Pakistan. PJPH. 2(4):4-10

Zulfiqar T, Rizwi F,  Jalili S, Shami S.A et al. (2011). Low birth weight and relationship with maternal dietary habits during third trimester of low risk pregnancies in a hospital based study in Pakistan. PJPH. 1(1).11-17

Witter S. Zulfiqar T, Javeed S, Khan Aman, Bari Abdul. (2011) Paying health workers for performance: a district-based case study in Pakistan, “Human resources for health”, published on line. 9:23.

Third party Evaluation of Lady health worker Programe  2010. Federal Ministry of Health. Islamabad Pakistan and Canadian International Development Agency.

Zulfiqar T, Rizwi F, Jalili S, Shami S.A, et al. (2011). Association of Maternal Macronutrient intake in 3rd trimester of normal pregnancy on the maternal weight gain and neonatal birth weight of full term neonates. Rawal Medical Journal. 36, (2); 137-142.

Zulfiqar T., Anis A.R, Aqeel F. (2007) Prevalence of goitre in children aged 6-12 years in a Union council near Islamabad. Journal of Pakistan Medical Research Council. Vol 46, no 4.

Zulfiqar T, Aqeel F, Furqan S. Reasons for low utilization of Public Health facilities in five PHC integrated districts of Pakistan. A WHO APW report. October-December 2004.