Dr Rukhsana joined AIFS in March 2019 as a Senior Research Officer and is working on a number of projects within the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC). She possesses over ten years' experience of social and epidemiological research in drug and alcohol addiction, education policy implementation, teacher education, homelessness of youth Australians, youth mental health, integration of health services, and youth mentoring interventions. As a social researcher, Rukhsana has worked on multiple projects at Turning Point, Swinburne University and University of Newcastle, over the past years. She is proficient in developing conceptual and analytical frameworks and data collection protocols for social research projects.
Rukhsana earned a PhD in the area of Education, and Bachelor and Master’s degrees in IT. Her areas of expertise include research data management, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis using NVivo, Excel, STATA and SPSS. She is competent in analysing spatial data using MapInfo. In her recent role at Turning Point, Eastern Health, Rukhsana worked as a data analyst for two ongoing projects, AODstats and AmboAODstats. These interactive websites present the Victorian state-based and LGA-based community profiles of alcohol and drug consumption and associated harms, providing a convenient, publicly available epidemiological resource for policy planners, health professionals and other key stakeholders.