Dr Leanne Coombe

Snr Lecturer -Indigenous Health Edu

Faculty Operations (Medicine)
Faculty of Medicine

Affiliate Lecturer

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


Leanne is an academic specialising in Indigenous public health. She has 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. In her current position at the University of Queensland (UQ) she is responsible for coordinating teaching and learning activities identified through the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, and supporting Indigenous health curriculum development and delivery across the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. She has extensive experience teaching using a strengths-based approach as opposed to the deficit model, and supports other staff to utilise culturally-safe teaching practices across medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health and public health programs at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She brings this knowledge and experience to her role as a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations' Public Health Professionals' Education and Training Working Group, which has recently published the results of a curriculum mapping project benchmarked against the Global Charter for the Public’s Health. Earlier this year, Leanne and the Indigenous Health Education and Workforce Development team from UQ and the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health were awarded the Universities Australia Award for Programs that Enhance Learning.

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 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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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Featured Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

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

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