Pratima Durga

Pratima Durga

Director of Undergraduate Studies; Lecturer in Business

Pratima completed her MBA at Central Queensland University (CQU) in 2009 and is currently completing her PhD at the same university. Her research thesis is entitled: "Assessing informal and unregulated health care provision in rural and remote regions." Pratima is also part of a team that won an interdisciplinary research grant from CQU. The project title is "Remote Health Access: Protecting vulnerable remote and regional populations with eHealth solutions."

Pratima has spent 23 years of her professional life working in the public service and has held several management roles in the private sector before joining higher education.

She oversees the undergraduate programs in Arts and Business, as well as lecturing in Business studies.

Pratima is a member of the Holistic Human Health and Interculturality, Interfaith and Mission research clusters.

Qualifications

PhD (candidate) (Central Queensland University)
Dissertation Title Assessing informal and unregulated health care provision in rural and remote regions 2024

Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management) (Central Queensland University) 2009

Cert IV TAE (Ballistic Training Solutions) 2016

Current Research

Assessing informal and unregulated health care provision in rural and remote regions.

The proposed research will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of current practice of informal healthcare providers in rural and remote areas. This project will scope the quality of medical services, assess the shortage of formally-trained practitioners and the problems faced by talent retention in rural communities. The research will result in an improved empirical base on the prevalence of community-based medical practices in remote regions, and give insights that will be transferable to other remote settings, including remote and disadvantaged communities in Australia.

Book Chapters

  • 2023
    • Durga, P. (2023). Overcoming religious distance: Epiphanies in cross-cultural settings In Johannes M. Luetz, Denise A. Austin & Adis Duderija, Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices (pp. 283-298). Springer Nature, Singapore. | External link
  • 2022
    • Muurlink, O., Durga, P., Awan, N. & Taylor Robinson, A.W.(2022). Success and its consequences: Bangladesh’s health report card at 50 In H. Khondker, O. Muurlink, & A. Bin Ali, The Emergence of Bangladesh (pp. Chapter 18 (pp339-354)). Palgrave Macmillan. | External link

Journal Articles

  • 2022
    • Durga, P., Caffery, L. A., Muurlink, O. T., & Taylor‐Robinson, A. W.(2022). Under the regulatory radar: unregulated rural health in Bangladesh and Australia. Health and Social Care in the Community, 2022; 00:1–9.. | External link

Internal and External Grants

  • 2023
    • AC Conference Funding, $2000, AC
  • 2018
    • Remote Health Access, $15000, Central Queensland University

Presentations

  • 2023
    • Scope of practice: Contrasting developments in rural and remote healthcare in Bangladesh and Australia (2023), World Rural Health Conference 2023, Sydney, Australia, 29 Oct 2023
  • 2020
    • Innovation from necessity: two contrasting cases of remote area access (2020), 17th World Rural Health Conference, Online, 16 Apr 2020
  • 2019
    • The Rise of the Superbugs: Antimicrobial Resistance (2019), 3MT - Central Queensland University (SBL), Melbourne, Australia, 01 Nov 2019
  • 2018
    • Assessing informal and unregulated health care provision in rural and remote regions (2018), CQU, Rockhampton, Australia, 02 Jul 2018
    • Assessing informal and unregulated health care provision in rural and remote regions (2018), Business and Law Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, 01 Jun 2018

Engagement Publications

Other Publications

  • 2020
    • Durga, Pratima (2020). Central Highlands Community Wellbeing and Resilience during COVID-19 Report.

Professional Memberships

National Rural Health Alliance (since 2019)

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