Dr Leanne Coombe

Program Leader (E&R)

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Lecturer

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 344 32676


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. My current position at the University of Queensland is as Program Lead, Education and Research for the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, which is a core member of the leadership team of the Centre. In this role I provide (i) oversight and leadership of the research activities of the Centre, (ii) contribution to the supervision of research staff and students working in areas of direct relevance to the Centre and (iii) oversight and leadership of the educational activities of the Centre. 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. 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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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Coombe, Leanne, Huang, Jasmine, Khosravi, Hassan, Russell, Stuart and Sheppard, Karen (2018). Understanding (SaP) Partnerships: evaluating what works!. In: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA 2018), Adelaide, SA, Australia, (230-231). 2-5 July 2018.

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