Dr. Sajar Othman is a Professor of Family Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. 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 the head of the Department of Research, Development and Innovation, and also the head of the Department of Primary Care Medicine in the of the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). She was the overall coordinator for the primary care services in UMMC and chaired the UMMC medical inquiry discussion. She teaches primary care medicine, family violence, communication and self-care to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
She currently hold the University of Malaya Interdisciplinary Impact Research Grant (IIRG) that looks into ways in supporting women and children who are involved in family violence. She is the principal investigator for one of the five subprograms of the Prevent Elder Abuse Initiative (PEACE) under University of Malaya Grand Challenge Programme, exploring 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.