Associate Professor Quek Kia Fatt

Associate Professor

Tel: +603 5514 6313
Fax: +603 5514 6323
Office: Room 4-4-22

Profile Summary

Associate Professor Dr Quek Kia Fatt received his PhD from University Malaya in 2002. He joined Monash University Malaysia as an associate professor in Community Health in 2006.  He is a member of cardio metabolic and infection and immunity research clusters at Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  He has great interest in research related to community or public health research. One of his areas of interest is related to epidemiology of non-communicable and communicable diseases. He has also more than 20 years’ experience in the field of statistics. With his expertise, he has served as consultant providing consultation/advisor to local industries/agencies, researchers and journals.


  • Master of Philosophy (Medical and Health Sciences), University Malaya
  • Master of Applied Statistics, University Malaya
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University Malaya
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Monash University


  • Royal Society of Public Health, UK (FRSPH)

Research / Education interests

Research Interests

  • Non-communicable/communicable diseases
  • Well-being and quality of life
  • Men’s health

Fields of Interest

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion/preventive medicine
  • Urology


  • Population health
  • Evidence-based medicine/evidence-based clinical practice
  • Problem-based learning

Iqbal SP,  Ramadas A, Quek KF, Shin HL, Onn WY, Kadir KA. Relationship of sociodemographic and lifestyle factors and diet habits with metabolic syndrome (MetS) in a multi-ethnic Asian population. PLoS ONE. 2020; 15(3): e0224054

Mahadzir MDA, Quek KF,  Ramadas A. Nutrition and lifestyle behavior peer support program for adults with metabolic syndrome: Outcomes and lessons learned from a feasibility trial. Nutrients, 2020; 12 (4), 1091

Amin NA, Noah RM, Quek KF, Oxley JA, Nordin RB. Perceived physical demands in relation to work-related musculoskeletal disorders among nurses. Materials Today: Proceedings. 2020; 31( Part 1): 79-82

Appalasamy JR, Quek KF, Zain AZM, Joseph JP, Ramaiah SS, Tha KK. An Evaluation of the Video Narrative Technique on the Self-Efficacy of Medication Understanding and Use Among Post-Stroke Patients: A Randomized-Controlled Trial. Patient Preference and Adherence. 2020; 14, 1979-1990

Appalasamy JR, Joseph JP, Ramaiah SS, Zain AZM, Quek KF, Tha KK. Video Narratives Intervention Among Stroke Survivors: Feasibility and Acceptability Study of a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Aging  2020; 3 (2), e17182

Appalasamy JR, Ramaiah SS, Quek KF, Zain AZM, Tha KK. Medication understanding and taking self-efficacy theory-based interventions. Journal of Young Pharmacists. 2020; 12 (1), 18-24

Mahadzir MDA, Quek KF, Ramadas A. Process evaluation of a nutrition and lifestyle behavior peer support program for adults with metabolic syndrome. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17 (8), 2641

Dhillon HK, Quek KF, Singh HJ, Kaur G, Zain AZM, Nordin RB. Urinary incontinence amongst Malaysian women in Selangor: Prevalence, Types and Risk Factors. World Journal of Public Health. 2019; 4(1): 10-19

Appalasamy JR, Joseph JP, Ramaiah SS, Quek KF, Zain AZM, Tha KK. Exploring stroke survivors’ self-efficacy in understanding and taking medication and determining associated factors: a cross-sectional study in a neurology clinic in Malaysia. Patient Preference and Adherence. 2019; 13, 1463-1475.

Appalasamy JR, Joseph JP, Ramaiah SS, Quek KF, Zain AZM, Tha KK. An intervention to promote medication understanding and use self-efficacy: Design of video narratives for aging patients at risk of recurrent stroke. JMIR Aging. 2019; 2 (1), e11539

Kuppusamy S, Quek KF, Rajandram R, Razack AHA,  Dublin N. Revisiting prostate specific antigen density (PSAD): a prospective analysis in predicting the histology of prostate biopsy. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.  2018;11 (4): 3873-3879

Amin NA, Quek KF, Oxley JA, Noah R, Nordin RB. Emotional distress as a predictor of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Malaysian nursing professionals. International Journal of Occupational  and Environmental Medicine. 2018; 9(2):69-78.

Ramadas A, Chan CKY, Oldenburg B,  Hussein Z, Quek KF. Randomised-controlled trial of a web-based dietary intervention for patients with type 2 diabetes: changes in health cognitions and glycemic control. BMC Public Health. 2018; 18: 716.

Appalasamy JA, Tha KK, Quek KF, Ramaiah SS, Joseph JP, Zain AZM. The effectiveness of culturally tailored video narratives on medication understanding and use self-efficacy among stroke patients. A randomized controlled trial study protocol. Medicine. 2018; 97 (22): e10876

Khoo ACH, Lee YF, Abdul Halim FN, Quek KF, Hamzah F. The minimum amount of fluids needed to achieve the fastest time to reach permissible level for release in well differentiated thyroid patients undergoing high dose I 131 therapy. World Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 2018. 17(3): 182-187

Jamaludin ANSJ, Oxley JA, Quek KF. Identifying children potentially at risk of abuse at the emergency setting: A qualitative study on healthcare professionals. Public Health Open Journal. 2018; 3(1): 1-12

Dhanoa A, Hassan SS, Jahan NK, Reidpath DD, Quek KF, Ahmad MP,  Cheong YM, Lau WM, Zain AZ, Phipps ME, Othman I, Rabu AB, Sirajudeen R, Fatan AABA, Ghafar FA, Ahmad HB, Allotey P.  Seroprevalence of dengue among healthy adults in a rural community in Southern Malaysia: a pilot study. Infectious  Diseases of Poverty. 2018. 7; 1

Lim RZM, Lee T, Ng JYZ, Quek KF, Abdul Wahab N, Amansah SL, Vellusamy VMAlM, Ngim CF. Factors associated with ultrasound-guided water enema reduction for pediatric intussusception in resource-limited setting: potential predictive role of thrombocytosis and anemia. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2018; 53(11) 2312-2317

Quek KF. Epidemiology of premature ejaculation and its impact on quality of life. Public Health Open Journal. 2017. 64-69

Ahmad B, Zain AZM, Quek KF. Type 2 diabetes patients are more amenable to change following a contextualised diabetes education programme in Malaysia. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome. 2017; 11(suppl 2): S901-S906.

Nowrozy KJ, Ahmad MP, Dhanoa A, Cheong YM, Lau WM, Reidpath DD, Allotey P, Zaini A,  Phipps ME, Quek KF, Rabu A, Sirajudeen R, Ahmad Fatan AAB, Ghafar FA,  Ahmad H, Othman I, Syed Hassan S. A community-based prospective cohort study of dengue viral infection in Malaysia: the study protocol.  Infectious Diseases of Poverty. 2016; 5; 76

Ramadas A, Quek KF. Potential of mobile applications in prevention and management of cardio-metabolic diseases. Public Health Open Journal. 2016; 1(4): 71-80

Parthaje PM, Unnikrishnan B, Thankappan KR, Thapar R, Quek KF, Oldenburg B.  Prevalence and correlates of prehypertension among adults in urban South India. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2016; 28(Suppl 1): 93S-101S

Amin NA, Nordin RB, Oxley JA, Quek KF. Work related musculoskeletal disorders in female nursing personnel: prevalence and impact. 2016; 8(3): 294-298

Dhillon HK, MZain AZ, Quek KF, Singh HJ, Kaur G, Nordin RB. Prevalence and risk factors of urinary incontinence and its impact on the quality of life and treatment seeking behavior among Malaysian women: A review.  J Women's Health Care. 2016; 5 (6)

Quek KF. Non-communicable diseases - a major problem worldwide. Public Health Open J. 2016; 1(2): 32- 35

Ramadas A, Chan CKY, Oldenburg  B, Hussien Z, Quek KF. A Web-Based Dietary Intervention for People with Type 2 Diabetes: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2015; 22 (3), 365-373

Phipps ME, Chan KKL, Naidu R, Mohamad NW, Hoh BP, Quek KF, Ahmad B, Harnida SMI, Zain AZM, Kadir AK. Cardio-metabolic health risks in indigenous populations of Southeast Asia and the influence of urbanization. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15(1): 47

Amin NA, Quek KF, Oxley JA, Noah RM, Nordin RB. Validity and reliability of Malay version of the Job Content Questionnaire among public hospital female nurses in Malaysia. The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015; 6(4): 232-242

Principal researcher

Title: Case-control study of pedestrian injuries amongst children in Malaysia (Klang Valley)
Granting Agency: Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) FRGS Grant (MYR 40000)

Title: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Community Intervention Program to Improve Lifestyle Behaviour in a Malaysian Population
Granting Agency: Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) eScience Fund (MYR 122 700)


Title: Malaysia Diabetes And Research on Lifetime Lifestyle Intervention Group. (MY DARLLING) Study: Patient Participation in Diabetes Care
Granting Agency: National Institute of Health, Malaysia (MYR 54, 545.45)

Title: Monash Obesity-Diabetes Intervention (MODI) Study: A 24-week, Multi-centre, Prospective, Randomized, Open-labelled, Parallel, 2-arm Controlled Trial of Metabolic Response in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with Concomitant Obesity Management.
Granting Agency: National Institute of Health, Malaysia (MYR 54, 545.45)

Title: A Study of the Effectiveness of Health Education via Telephone and Short Messaging Services on Ischaemic Heart Disease (IHD) Outcomes:
The TEXT to HEALTH Study: TEXt messaging and Telephone for Heart Education And Lifestyle THerapy
Granting Agency: National Institute of Health, Malaysia (MYR 250 000)

Title: Malaysian Diabetes and Research on Lifelong Lifestyle Intervention Group (MY DARLING) Study: The impact of
knowledge on diabetes and metabolic control and intervention of self-care skills in diabetes management (Phase III).
Granting Agency: Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) ERGS Grant  (MYR 158700)

Title: Nutrition and Lifestyle Behaviours in Cardiometabolic Syndrome: Development of a Community-Specific Peer-Support Programme
Granting Agency: Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) FRGS Grant  (MYR 110 000)

Title: Dengue Flagship
Granting Agency: DSTIN (Dasar Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi Negara) (MYR 475000)

PhD completion

Dr Amutha Ramadas
Project title: Dietary intervention among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: an e-approach

Dr Anne Jamaludin
Project title: Unintentional and Intentional Injuries Amongst Children in Malaysia: Addressing the ‘grey’ area of underlying cause of injuries

Dr Hardip Kaur Dhillon
Project title: A study of urinary incontinence amongst Malaysian women in Selangor: Prevalence, risk factors and quality of life

Dr Badariah Ahmad
Project title: Malaysian Diabetes and Research on Lifestyle Intervention Group (MY DARLING) Study: The impact of diabetes education on knowledge, metabolic control, self-care skills and self-efficacy in type 2 diabetes patients in ambulatory settings.

Dr Nur Azma Amin
Project tile: Modelling ergonomic risk factors (ERFs), emotional distress (depression, anxiety and stress (DAS)) and work engagement (WE) as predictors of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs)

among Malaysia nurses

Dr Saleem Perwaiz Iqbal
Project title:  Nutritional and lifestyle behaviours influencing Metabolic syndrome among adults residing in Johor, Malaysia.

Dr Jamuna Rani Appalasamy
Project Title: The video narratives intervention on the self-efficacy of medication understanding  and use among post-stroke patients

Dr Muhammad Daniel Mahadzir
Project Title: Nutrition And Lifestyle Behaviours Among Malaysian Adults With Metabolic Syndrome: Development Of A Community-Based Peer Support Program

Master completion

Ms Lam Fui Ching
Project title: Clinical Evidence on Efficacy and Safety of Whey Protein Supplements on Performance and Recovery among Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Awards and Achievements

Sanofi-Synthelabo Prostate Research Award
Awarded by Sanofi-Synthelabo Sdn Bhd Malaysia and Malaysian Urological Association, 2001

Japan Society for Promotion of Science-Vice Chancellors Council (JSPS-VCC Fellowship: General Exchange Program).
Awarded by Malaysian and Japanese Government, 2005

Industry Engagement

Role: Committee/Deputy Chairperson
Organisation/Institution: Sunway Medical Centre
Engagement: Sunway Research Ethics Committee (SREC)