Dr Bushra Nasir

Research Fellow/Senior Research off

Rural Clinical School
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 4616 5492


An early career researcher with a substantial career trajectory in health research as evidenced by a majority (83.3%) of publications in Quartile 1 journals, with 18.2% of these in the top field-weight 10% cited worldwide (SciVal,2022). 84% of 12 of her indexed articles are in the top 25% of journals (Scopus 2022). With an h-index of seven, increasing citations in the past 5 years (Scopus, 2022), referenced by 155 prestigious institutions across 15 countries (Scopus, 2022), 100% of her publications involve collaboration with authors at national and international institutions (SciVal, 2022). She has a i-10 index of 5, indicating 5 papers with at least 10 citations. With a FWCI of 1.20, her publications are being cited 11% higher than others in the same field, age, and type (SciVal, 2022). Her research has also been referenced in change to policy documents and technical reports, including the Queensland Mental Health Commission Annual Technical Report (2020) and the Preventing Suicide in Community and Custodial Settings, policy document published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2018).

Research Interests

  • Genomics
  • Precision Medicine
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Mental Health

Research Impacts

Dr Nasir’s research has also significantly contributed to improving the health of rural Australians, especially Indigenous Australians. Her Q1 journal publication ‘Common mental disorders among Indigenous people living in regional, remote and metropolitan Australia: a cross-sectional study’(BMJ Open 8(6), 2018) for the first time, identified the prevalence of mental health disorders using a clinically validated diagnostic tool. Her publication ‘The risk of common mental disorders in Indigenous Australians experiencing traumatic life events’ (BJPsych Open 8 (1) e8, 2021) further identified the role of trauma and prevalence of common mental disorders within this population. Her latest work has identified high rates of chronic disease for those with mental health disorders (under peer-review) and signifies her important contributions to this area of research. Dr Nasir has been instrumental in securing ~$3.4M in funding. She is also supervisor for multiple PhD, MPhil and HDR students. She has made significant contributions to knowledge through translation, a significant project being the I-ASIST project, recently launched by Minister Ken Wyatt. I-ASIST is a world-first suicide intervention training project developed for Indigenous youth, in collaboration with industry partners LivingWorks Australia.

Dr Nasir’s collaborative networking qualities contribute towards being Chair of the Faculty EMC Research Committee, and a member of 2 other university committees. Dr Nasir’s exemplary discipline engagement and development of service delivery has contributed to developing national and international partnerships, particularly with industry partners (e.g., LivingWorks Australia and Suicide Prevention Australia). She has memberships with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Mental Health (2015-current) and Suicide Prevention Australia (2017-current), and as a professional leader with the National Suicide Prevention Network (2015-current), as well as with regional and local Indigenous health and mental health committees that establish governance etiquette and research integrity. She also plays a key role in establishing community connections and relationships that help sustain ongoing research activities.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Multiple projects in medicine and mental health related fields.

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • World Health Organisation Team, Strasser, Sarah, Austin, Marni, Bendotti, Hollie, Bourke, Gary, Campbell, David, Campbell, Narelle , Chater, Alan Bruce, Chong, Hwee Sin , Cribb, Jacqueline, Cumming, Kay, Doty, Barbara Jean, Eley, Diann, Erikson, Jay S., Florentis, Anastasia, Floss, Mayara, Goot, Katie, Greacen, Jane, Jonk, Yvonne , Khoo, Kean, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas, Lamb, Margaret, Longenecker, Randall, McGrail, Matthew, Nasir, Bushra, Partanen, Riitta, Paterson, Davis , Rajapalisha, Dilum , Schmitz, David ... Tynan, Anna (2020). Retention of the health workforce in rural and remote areas: a systematic review. Human Resources for Health Observer Series No. 25 Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Multiple projects in medicine and mental health related fields.