University Profile

Background

The University of Sultan Zainal Abidin (formerly known as Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia) was established in late 2005 as part of a move by the Ministry of Higher Education to develop and expand higher education. In the presentation of the concept paper, it had been planned that UniSZA will consist of a number of branch campuses and each campus would have a number of faculties which offer specific teaching and learning courses.

The development of UniSZA began with the upgrading of Kolej Sultan Zainal Abidin (KUSZA) with the aim to offer more quality and skills programmes in line with the government's target to make the university a centre of knowledge.

The establishment of the Faculty of Health Sciences was approved on 29 January, 2007 by the Ministry of Higher Education. However, on 18 September 2007, it was agreed that its name be changed to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FPSK) which is more consistent with the courses offered. FPSK currently offers four diploma programmes and two undergraduate programmes:
• Diploma in Nursing Science
• Diploma in Radiography
• Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology
• Diploma in Physiotherapy
• Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
• Bachelor in Dietetics (Honours)

The Diploma in Nursing Science programme has a longer history where the programme was first introduced in July 1996 with the intake of 22 trainees and a programme coordinator. The Department of Nursing Science was established in June 2001 and to date, has produced graduates who are recognised as trained nurses and serve throughout the country.

The Nursing Science Programme has received the approval of the Malaysian Nursing Board and has adopted the Diploma in Nursing curriculum, Ministry of Health (MOH) since June 1996.


Centre of Excellence for Medical Research / Centre of Healthcare Expert

Centre For Clinical And Quality Of Life Studies (CCQoLS)
Faculty Of Medicine And Health Sciences

Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA)
Kuala Terengganu


Background

The Centre For Clinical And Quality of Life Studies (CCQoLS) or Pusat Kajian Klinikal dan Kualiti Hidup (PKKKH) was officially established in February 2009 as a novel attempt by UniSZA to cultivate, promote and expand its multidisciplinary and innovative healthcare research. CCQoLS is envisaged to complement UniSZA’s aspiration to excel not only in teaching, learning and research but also to function as a developmental “nucleus” for the surrounding urban as well as rural communities, particularly in nurturing physical, mental, environmental and spiritual enhancement.

CCQoLS hence provides a variety of research areas in line with the growing advancement in the medical and pharmaceutical fields with special emphasis on evidence-based clinical studies combined with holistic healthcare components. The focus is therefore on the balance in achieving both pharmacological as well as humanistic outcomes in treatment.

Objectives
• To disseminate the awareness, needs and interest in clinical-based and quality of life (QoL) assessment studies

• To promote, implement and expand intensive clinical and QoL research in accordance with the ICH-GCP

• To provide the infrastructure, consultations, guidance, training, seminars and workshops in the attempt to generate knowledgeable, creative and versatile researchers

• To enhance the cooperation and collaboration potential with clinical and QoL investigators from the public and corporate sectors globally

• To propel UniSZA’s aspiration to emerge as a referral centre of excellence with regard to clinical and QoL studies

Major Activities
• Intensive research
• Postgraduate programmes
• Conferences, seminars, etc.
• Research publications
• Expert consultation
• Instrument database
• Community activities

Clinical Trials and Research
• Herbal / Natural products
• Pharmaceutical interventions
• Non-pharmaceutical interventions
• Healthcare practices
• Health promotion / education
• Healthcare System Innovations
• Humanistic / Psychosocial care
• Quality of Life (QOL)
   O Health-related (HRQoL)
   O Psychology and behavioural sciences
   O Information technology
   O Music, arts and culture
   O Economics and finances
   O Education and communication
   O Environment and politics
   O Religiosity and spirituality

Current Projects

• An Integrated Pharmacy-Managed Educational Programme for Family Caregivers of HIV Patients

• Aromatherapy: Impacts on Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea And Vomiting (CINV) and Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) in Chemotherapy Cancer Patients

• Nutrition Promotion and Education among University Students in Terengganu: Outcomes on Nutrition Intake and Quality of Life

• Harmonising Conventional and Complementary Therapies for Opioid Abusers: A Novel Approach Comparing Methadone versus Acupuncture

• Conventional, IT-Based and Holistic Pharmaceutical Care Models: A Randomised, Controlled Study in HIV-Infected Population

• Telemedicine in Epilepsy: A Dedicated Educational Programme for Patients and Their Families in Rural Areas via Short Messaging System (SMS)

• The Impact of Chocolate Consumption on the Well-Being of Palliative Patients

Selected Publications
• Lua, P.L., & Wan Dali, W.P.E. (2012). The Impact of Nutrition Education Interventions On The Dietary Habits Of College Students In Developed Nations: A Brief Review. Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, 19(1), 4-14.

• Lua, P.L., & Abu Bakar, Z. (2011). Health-Related Quality Of Life Profiles Among Family Caregivers Of Patients With Schizophrenia. Family & Community Health, 34(4), 331-339.

• Lua, P.L., &Selamat, W.S (2011). Awareness, Knowledge And Attitudes With Respect To Epilepsy: An Investigation In Relation To Health-Related Quality of Life Within A Malaysian Setting. Epilepsy & Behavior, May 2011 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.03.039

• Wong, S.Y., & Lua, P.L. (2011). Review On Chocolate: Food For Moods. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 17(2), 117-127.

• Lua, P.L. (2011). The Role of Complementary Indigenous Malay Therapies: Perspectives From Palliative Care Patients,Journal of Complementary And Integrative Medicine, 8(1),Article 16, doi: 10.2202/1553-3840.1369

• Zakaria, N.S., Lua, P.L., &Mamat, N.M. (2011). Body Weight Satisfaction: Association With Weight Control Practices Among Type 2 Diabetic Patients. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 17(1), 55-66.

• Lua, P.L., Salek, M.S., & Finlay, I.G. (2010). Routine Use Of Health-Related Quality Of Life Information In Advanced Cancer Patients: A Randomised, Controlled Outcome Investigation. Journal of Supportive Oncology, 8(2), W6-W14.

• Selamat, W.S., Abdul Latif, A. Z., Wong, S.Y., &Lua, P.L. (2010). Awareness, Knowledge And Attitudes Towards Epilepsy Among Rural Populations in East Coast Peninsular Malaysia: A Preliminary Exploration, Seizure, 19(5), 280-90.

Contact Information
Head
Centre for Clinical & Quality of Life Studies (CCQoLS)
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA)
Kampus Kota, Jalan Sultan Mahmud
20400 Kuala Terengganu
Terengganu, Malaysia

Tel: 609-6275 520
Fax: 609-6275 639
Email: ccqols@unisza.edu.my
Website: www.fpsk.unisza.edu.my/ccqols

Academic Facilities and Resources related to healthcare programmes


• Teaching room 1
• Teaching room 2
• Teaching room 3
• Theater hall
• Teaching lab 1
• Teaching lab 2
• Histopathology/ Microscope lab
• Dissection lab (Anatomy)
• Makmal Kemahiran Klinikal 1 (MKK1)
• Makmal Kemahiran Klinikal 2 (MKK2)
• Makmal Kemahiran Komunikasi
• X-ray lab
• Dietetic lab
• Biochemistry/Pharmacology/Haematology lab
• Microbiology lab
• Medical physics lab
• Postgraduate lab/ Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
• Teaching room 1
• Teaching room 2
• Teaching room 3
• Theater Hall
• Teaching lab 1
• Teaching lab 2
• Histopathology/ Microscope lab
• Dissection Lab (Anatomy)
• Makmal Kemahiran Klinikal 1 (MKK1)
• Makmal Kemahiran Klinikal 2 (MKK2)
• Makmal Kemahiran Komunikasi
• X-ray lab
• Dietetic lab
• Biochemistry/Pharmacology/Haematology lab
• Microbiology lab • Medical Physics lab

Scholarships and Financial Aid

UniSZA students have the opportunity to receive scholarships or financial loans from no fewer that 20 institutions and agencies. These include: http://www.unisza.edu.my/images/stories/thumbnails/images-stories-20082010-view-300x225.jpg

Undergraduate:
• PTPTN Education Loan Scheme
• JPA
• MARA
• Terengganu Foundation
• Sabah Foundation
• Johor Education Foundation
• Kedah Islamic Foundation
• Police Cooperative

Postgraduate:
• Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) UniSZA
• JPA
• NSF
• MOSTI
• MyBrain15 Funding
• Khazanah Watan Scholarship
• Islamic Development Bank Scholarship (IDB)

Contact Details


Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin

Kampus Kota, Jalan Sultan Mahmud 20400 Kuala Terengganu
Terengganu, Malaysia
Tel No : 609-627 5582
Fax No : 609-627 5583
Website : www.unisza.edu.my
Email: azubaidi@unisza.edu.my