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Matthew Leach
Associate Professor Matthew Leach
DipAppSc(Naturopathy), BN(Hons), BN(UniSA), PhD(UniSA)
Current Appointment: Deputy Director, Education
Organisational Unit: National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine

Telephone: +61 2 6620 3298
Mobile: 0407 111 561
Location: Room A3.54, Lismore Campus
Campus: Lismore
Personal Website


Associate Professor Leach is Deputy Director: Education at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), and Deputy Associate Dean Education (Students) in the Faculty of Health. A/Prof Leach completed his Bachelor of Nursing degree in 1994, followed by a Diploma of Applied Science (Naturopathy) in 1998, Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree in 2000, Diploma of Clinical Nutrition in 2008, and a PhD in 2005. He is also a Registered nurse and naturopath.

Since completing his PhD, A/Prof Leach has built an international reputation in health services research, where he has established a program of research referred to as BEACON (Building Excellence and Advancing understanding of Consumer Outcomes and Needs). This research program is underpinned by three pillars: [i] health consumers (i.e. the health care needs, preferences and behaviours of individuals and communities), [ii] health care provision (i.e. health workforce and services planning, and evidence-based practice), and [iii] health care impact (i.e. the safety and effectiveness of health care interventions and services). A/Prof Leach has made an original and significant contribution to each of these areas, and to the field of health services research more broadly.

A major point of difference of A/Prof Leach's work is his true multidisciplinary focus. A/Prof Leach has collaborated with more than 27 distinct disciplines, spanning 48 agencies and academic institutions, across 10 countries. He has published over 165 refereed journal articles, 13 book chapters and a sole-authored textbook, and has attracted more than 4,677 citations for his work; with a h-index of 36 and an i10-index of 94. A/Prof Leach is also a member of several journal editorial boards, steering committees and government committees, and has been awarded competitive research funding totalling more than A$2.4 million. To date, A/Prof Leach's work has had considerable clinical, education, research and policy impact.


For a full list of A/Prof Leach's publications and citations, please click on his Google Scholar profile.


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