Associate Professor Leigh Tooth

Principal Research Fellow

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
l.tooth@sph.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64691

Overview

A/Prof Leigh Tooth is a Principal Research Fellow who specialises in research on women's health, in particular on women carers, health inequalities and the socio-economic determinants of health, quality of life and comorbidity.

A/Prof Leigh Tooth is currently Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). She chairs the Publications, Substudies and Analyses Committee of the ALSWH. She is CI on the NHMRC funded Mothers and their Children’s Health Study (MatCH). MatCH is investigating the relationship between mothers’ health history, since 1996, and the family environment to children’s health and development outcomes, including health service utilisation. She is also leading a program of research into health inequalities and the socio-economic determinants of health, and women carers. Her other current research interests are quality of life and comorbidity. Her previous research experiences include a NHMRC Public Health Fellowship (1999-2003), during which she investigated the short and long term functional and community outcomes of people following stroke, and being a NHMRC Fellow with the Longitudinal Studies Unit in the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland researching statistical methodology and teaching into the epidemiology program. She has a PhD and first class honours degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland.

Research Interests

  • Health inequalities in lifecourse research
    Impact of health inequalities on health outcomes across the lifecourse in women Impact of health inequalities on health service use Impact of intergenerational mobility of health inequalities on health outcomes
  • Maternal and child health
    A/Prof Leigh Tooth is CI on the NHMRC funded Mothers and their Children’s Health Study (MatCH). MatCH is investigating the relationship between mothers’ health history, since 1996, and the family environment to children’s health and development outcomes, including health service utilisation.
  • chronic disease/multi-morbidity
    Measurement of multi-morbidity Impact of mulit-morbidity on health outcomes in women
  • Caring
    Impacts of caring on Australian women Determinants of transitions in caring by women Health service use of women carers

Research Impacts

I have successfully led several major research projects which have focussed on elements of the Australian health care system. Several of my research publications and reports have informed health policy, for example by:

· Delivering policy recommendations about the use and impact of Medicare and DVA funded health care services on war widows to the DVA

· Delivering policy recommendations to inform the

1) Government’s National Respite for Carers Program, in particular the Employed Carers Innovative Project,

2) Report by the Centre for Health Service Development on “Effective Caring: A synthesis of the International Evidence on Carer Needs and Interventions”, and subsequently

3) Australian Government’s National Women’s Health Policy 2010.

I am also one of the founding chief investigators of the OTseeker (Occupational Therapy Systematic Evaluation of Evidence) database (http:\\www.otseeker.com). OTseeker contains citations and abstracts of >9000 systematic reviews and RCTs relevant to occupational therapy. All RCTs have been critically appraised and rated to assist therapists’ judge the quality and usefulness of trials to help inform clinical interventions and decision making. OTseeker is freely available worldwide. Since its launch in 2003, OTseeker has had >2 million visits; people accessing OTseeker come from >100 countries including the USA, UK, Canada, the Scandinavian countries, Japan, Germany, Senegal, Chad, Slovenia, Columbia, Georgia, Tanzania and Kuwait.

The quality and impact of OTseeker is reinforced by its continued external funding since 2002.

The international status and importance of OTseeker is further evidenced by:

· Endorsement at the International Conference on Evidence based Practice in 2004

· The invitation by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) to the developers of OTseeker to contribute to the 2011 special edition WFOT bulletin on “Evidence based Occupational Therapy Practice around the Globe” (see publication A65).

· Endorsement during the opening keynote address at the 2013 Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference in Adelaide, in which Professor Marion Walker from the University of Nottingham, UK, said “… every occupational therapist should have OTseeker on their desktop.”

· Its description as a key resource in occupational therapy texts, research policy documents of international occupational therapy associations, journal articles and editorials, and its listing on hundreds of library and professional websites.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours 1), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Hoffmann, T. and Tooth, L. (2013). Talking with patients about evidence. In Evidence-based practice across the health professions 2nd ed. (pp. 328-352) Sydney, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Hoffmann, T. and Tooth, L. R. (2010). Talking with clients about evidence. In Tammy Hoffmann, Sally Bennett and Chris Del Mar (Ed.), Evidence-based practice across the health professions 1 ed. (pp. 276-299) Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.

  • McKenna, K. T. and Tooth, L. R. (2006). Client education: An overview. In K. McKenna and L. Tooth (Ed.), Client Education: A Partnership Approach for Health Practitioners (pp. 1-12) Sydney: UNSW Press.

  • McKenna, K. T. and Tooth, L. R. (2006). Deciding the content and format of educational interventions. In K. McKenna and L. Tooth (Ed.), Client Education: A Partnership Approach for Health Practitioners (pp. 128-158) Sydney: UNSW Press.

  • McKenna, K. T. and Tooth, L. R. (2006). Planning educational interventions. In K. McKenna and L. Tooth (Ed.), Client Education: A Partnership Approach for Health Practitioners (pp. 112-127) Sydney: UNSW Press.

  • Tooth, L R and Refshauage, (2006). The effectiveness of client education: A review of the evidence and future challenges. In Kryss McKenna and Leigh Tooth (Ed.), Client Education: A Partnership Approach for Health Practitioners 1 ed. (pp. 22-56) Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision