Dr Leanne Coombe

Academic Lead, Curr Des and Integr

Student and Academic Administration (Medicine)
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 336 55011


I am an academic specialising in Indigenous public health, with extensive experience teaching using a strengths-based approach as opposed to the deficit model. Furthermore, I have a strong background as a health practitioner, executive manager in both the Australian Government and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, and as an international public health consultant. As an Executive member of the Public Health Indigenous Leadership in Education (PHILE) Network, I have undertaken research focused on integration models for curriculum design and cross-cultural teaching practices. I continue to work with the Executive Board of PHILE to lead future directions and activities of the network. I also bring this knowledge and experience to my membership of the World Federation of Public Health Associations' Public Health Professionals' Education and Training Working Group. My current position at the University of Queensland is as Academic Lead, Curriculum Design and Integration for the Faculty of Medicine, which involves numerous collaborative projects intended to inform and enhance curriculum design of the Faculty’s teaching and learning programs. I also have a Doctor of Public Health degree in which my research focused in Interuniversity Collaborations: A model for sustainable specialised public health education programs, from Flinders University.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Public Health
  • Public Health Competencies
  • Curriculum Design and Pedagogy
  • Cross-cultural Teaching Practices

Research Impacts

The outcomes of the research I have undertaken with the PHILE Network have led to improvements in Indigenous public health education and contributed to the scholarship of teaching and learning more generally. Specifically, I am one of the lead authors on the recently published second edition of the Indigenous Public Health Core Competency Standards Framework for MPH programs in Australia.


  • Doctor of Public Health, Flinders University
  • Master of Public Health, The University of Queensland


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