Dr. Zubaidah Jamil Osman is currently a lecturer and a consultant clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She was professionally trained in Melbourne, Australia where she obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne, in 2003. She has extensive experience in conducting self-management groups such as depression, anxiety, stress management, post traumatic stress disorder as well as skills development in children. She is a strong advocate of child safety and prevention of child abuse and neglect and was a member of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN), a multi-disciplinary team that provides medical care, treatment and services to children who have been physically or sexually abused in public hospitals.
Her main area of interest is in chronic pain management and she completed her clinical attachment with the Pain Research Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia in 2009. She has been appointed as a Visiting Consultant Psychologist in Hospital Selayang since 2006 and works closely with the Pain Management Team in Hospital Selayang. Her tasks are mainly conducting psychological assessment on chronic pain patients and conducting Pain Management Program – MENANG (an abbreviation of Program MENANGani Sakit), a self-help, psycho-educational, group-based program, using Cognitive Behavioural principles in helping the patients to cope and manage their pain in a more holistic and effective manner, addressing important issues such as depression, anxiety, cognitive distortions, self-image, and interpersonal relationship with others.
She has been invited to speak on chronic painin Asian countries in various local and international conferences and on education of pain management from non-pharmacological perspective to other allied health professionals in Malaysia. She was involved in the development of the Malaysian Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for Cancer Pain. Since 2007, she has been appointed as one of the faculty members in the multidisciplinary field of Pain Medicine by the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, who, in collaboration with the University of Sydney, has started to offer postgraduate degrees in Pain Management for candidates in the ASEAN region. She was awarded an IASP Education Program Grant in 2011 under the Initiative for Improving Pain Education in developing countries. In this project, she worked with other pain specialists to improve pain education in Malaysia specifically at the primary care level.