Dr. Sajar Othman is a Professor of Family Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. She is currently the overall coordinator for the primary care services in University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). She chairs the Violence Intervention Committee (VIC) which was established in 2012 to ensure appropriate management of family violence and other types of interpersonal violence in UMMC. She was once appointed as the chairperson for UMMC medical inquiry task and was the head of the Primary Care Department, University of Malaya. She teaches primary care medicine, family violence and communication to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
She is the principle investigator for one of the five subprograms of the Prevent Elder Abuse Initiative (PEACE) under University of Malaya Grand Challenge Programme. Her current project explores the effect of elder abuse intensive training on primary care doctors’ knowledge, attitude and skills. Other research areas include adolescent/young adult wellbeing (sexual assault, healthy relationship, unplanned pregnancy and adolescent violence), end of life (advance care planning) and strain among healthcare providers (burnout and mindfulness based stress reduction).
She is one of the steering committee members and a regional representative for the World Family Doctor Association (WONCA) special interest group in family violence. Heading a team of multidisciplinary researchers, Sajar was appointed as a consultant by UNICEF to explore and report on children’s rights in Sabah. She is active in advocating against family violence. She is part of the expert panel for the preparation of Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, clinical management for domestic violence and elder abuse in the Malaysian health system.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography and doing art work.