Prof Leah East


Prof Leah East
NameProf Leah East
Email Addressleah.east@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleProfessor (Nursing)
QualificationsBNurs Western Sydney, BNurs(Hons) Western Sydney, GCertAcadPrac Southern Cross, PhD Western Sydney
DepartmentSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
AffiliationsCentre for Health Research
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4757-2706
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Biography

Professor East is an established researcher whose work has spanned across tertiary, community and educational settings. Her research portfolio is focused on vulnerable populations and nursing practice within the context of wellbeing and primary health care with a particular focus on women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, intimate partner violence, patient safety, nursing workforce and community wellbeing. Leah has led multiple national and international research teams and presented work at both national and international conferences.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Professor in Nursing University of Southern Queensland2022
Adjunct Professor University of New England 2022

Expertise

Primary Health Care

Women's Health

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Nursing

Violence

Vulnerable populations

Teaching

Post-graduate Research

Fields of Research

  • 420603. Health promotion
  • 420606. Social determinants of health
BNurs
Western Sydney
2005
BNurs(Hons)
Western Sydney
2006
GCertAcadPrac
Southern Cross
2013
PhD
Western Sydney
2009

Supervision Interests

Nursing

Workforce

Primary Health Care

Women's Health

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
xploring the role of Primary Health Care Nurses in providing Culturally Preserving Dietary Interventions for Diabetes Management Among Migrant Population in Australia: A Qualitative StudyPrincipal SupervisorMasters2024
Numerical analysis of soliton propagation in tri-core waveguidesPrincipal SupervisorMasters2024
A Co-Designed model of care for older adults with morbid obesity residing in rural New ZealandPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2024
The Nurse Practitioner a new model of care in residential aged careAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
The role of palliative care in family members' burden of care with elderly cancer patients at the end stage of lifePrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
Understanding the competence and readiness of undergraduate nursing students ability to escalate clinical concernsPrincipal SupervisorMasters2022
Measles, Mumps and Rubella - Persistence of immunity after childhood vaccination in Australian health science students: A quantitative work- based research studyPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2022
Knowledge translation by nurses in an Australian hospice setting: A work-based study of non-government organisation hospice nurse perspectives on the implementation of new evidence based, nurse-initiated interventions in to routine clinical practice.Associate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Satellite clinics initiative to increase regular testing for sexually transmitted infections in a Queensland Correctional FacilityPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2021
Investigating presence of patterns indicative of future deterioration in hospitalised paediatric patients: A sentiment analysis of clinical nursing notes and clinical observationsPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2020

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Exploring the Experiences of the New Graduate Registered Nurse in Caring for the Deteriorating Patient in Rural AreasPrincipal SupervisorMasters2023

Managing emotional reactions in yourself, patients, families and colleagues

East, Leah. 2024. "Managing emotional reactions in yourself, patients, families and colleagues." Chang, Esther and Hatcher, Deborah (ed.) In Transitions in Nursing: Preparing for professional practice . Australia. Elsevier.

A systematic review of the direct and indirect COVID-19’s impact on food security and its dimensions: pre-and post-comparative analysis.

Gebeyehu, Daniel, East, Leah, Wark, Stuart and Islam, Md Shahidul. 2023. "A systematic review of the direct and indirect COVID-19’s impact on food security and its dimensions: pre-and post-comparative analysis." BMC Public Health. 23. https://doi.org/0.1186/s12889-023-17104-6

Qualitative research

East, Leah, Neville, Stephen, Ali, Parveen and Aranda, Kay. 2023. "Qualitative research ." Jackson, D., Halcomb, E. and Walthall, H. (ed.) Navigating the maze of research : Enhancing nursing and midwifery practice. Chatswood. Elsevier. pp. 107-124

Supporting and developing the next generation of nursing and midwifery academic leaders

Neville, S., East, L., Hatcher, D. and Strickland, K.. 2023. "Supporting and developing the next generation of nursing and midwifery academic leaders." International Council of Nurses 2023 Congress. Montreal, Canada 01 202 - 05 Jul 2023 Canada.

Sexual violence matters: Nurses must respond

East, Leah and Hutchinson, Marie. 2023. "Sexual violence matters: Nurses must respond ." Journal of Advanced Nursing. 79 (2), pp. e10-e11. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15495

Reproductive and sexual health effects of intimate partner violence: A longitudinal and intergenerational analysis

Hutchinson, Marie, Cosh, Suzanne M. and East, Leah. 2023. "Reproductive and sexual health effects of intimate partner violence: A longitudinal and intergenerational analysis." Sexual and Reproductive HealthCare. 35, pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2023.100816

Gender-based vulnerabilities for women during natural disasters in Bangladesh

Fatema, Syadani Riyad, East, Leah, Islam, Shahidul and Usher, Kim. 2023. "Gender-based vulnerabilities for women during natural disasters in Bangladesh." Frontiers in Communication. 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2023.1180406

Involvement of community pharmacy professionals in maternal health service provision in Ethiopia: a multi-centre cross-sectional survey

Aleye, Asnakew Achaw, Islam, Md Shahidul, Cosh, Suzanne and East, Leah. 2023. "Involvement of community pharmacy professionals in maternal health service provision in Ethiopia: a multi-centre cross-sectional survey ." Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. 14 (1), pp. 20-27. https://doi.org/10.1093/jphsr/rmad001

Physical and mental health status of women in disaster-affected areas in Bangladesh

Fatema, Syadani Riyad, Rice, Kylie, Rock, Adam, Islam, Md Shahidul, East, Leah and Usher, Kim. 2023. "Physical and mental health status of women in disaster-affected areas in Bangladesh." Natural Hazards. 117 (3), p. 2715–2733. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-023-05964-5

Teaching and learning the art of nursing through aged care work experience

Algoso, Maricris, Ramjan, Lucie, East, Leah and Peters, Kath. 2024. "Teaching and learning the art of nursing through aged care work experience ." Teaching and Learning in Nursing. 19 (1), pp. e89-e95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2023.09.010

Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) based COVID-19 health impact assessment: A systematic review

Gebeyehu, Daniel Teshome, East, Leah, Wark, Stuart and Islam, Md Shahidul. 2023. "Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) based COVID-19 health impact assessment: A systematic review." BMC Public Health. 23. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-023-15239-0

Nurses’ perspectives, attitudes and experiences related to e-learning: a systematic review

Alfaleh, Reem, East, Leah, Smith,Zaneta and Wang, Shou-Yu. 2023. "Nurses’ perspectives, attitudes and experiences related to e-learning: a systematic review." Nurse Education Today. 125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2023.105800

Indirect health outcomes of COVID-19: A systematic review

Gebeyehu, D.T., East, L., Wark, S. and Islam, M.S.. 2023. "Indirect health outcomes of COVID-19: A systematic review." Public Health. 218, pp. 149-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2023.02.005

Process mining the trajectories for adolescent-to-mother violence from longitudinal police and health service data

Peck, Allison, Provost, Steve, East, Leah and Hutchinson, M.. 2022. "Process mining the trajectories for adolescent-to-mother violence from longitudinal police and health service data." Journal of Advanced Nursing. 79 (4), pp. 1540-1552. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15377

Preparedness of Australian and British nurses and midwives about domestic violence and abuse

Ali, Parveen, Ayyaz, Rida, McGarry, Julie, Younas, Ahtisham, Watson, Roger and East, Leah. 2024. "Preparedness of Australian and British nurses and midwives about domestic violence and abuse." International Nursing Review. 70 (4), pp. 494-500. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12814

Prevalence of smoking and smoking predictors among adolescents in Qassim, Saudi Arabia: does the Healthy City Programme make any difference?

Alasqah, Ibrahim, Mahmud, Ilias, East, Leah and Usher, Kim. 2022. "Prevalence of smoking and smoking predictors among adolescents in Qassim, Saudi Arabia: does the Healthy City Programme make any difference?" Journal of Public Health. 30 (6), pp. 1557-1564. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10389-020-01449-y

Role of community pharmacy professionals in child health service provision in Ethiopia: a cross-sectional survey in six cities of Amhara regional state

Aleye, Asnakew Achaw, Islam, Suzanne, Cosh, Md Shahidul and East, Leah. 2022. "Role of community pharmacy professionals in child health service provision in Ethiopia: a cross-sectional survey in six cities of Amhara regional state." BMC Health Services Research. 22 (1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-08641-8

Community pharmacy professionals' practice in responding to minor symptoms experienced by pregnant women in Ethiopia: results from sequential mixed methods

Aleye, Asnakew Achaw, Islam, Md Shahidul, Cosh, Suzanne and East, Leah. 2022. "Community pharmacy professionals' practice in responding to minor symptoms experienced by pregnant women in Ethiopia: results from sequential mixed methods." Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice. 15 (1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40545-022-00427-x

Mixed methods study integration: Nursing student experience and opinions of intentional rounding

Ryan, Liz, Jackson, Debra, East, Leah, Woods, Cindy and Usher, Kim. 2022. "Mixed methods study integration: Nursing student experience and opinions of intentional rounding." Journal of Advanced Nursing. 78 (6), pp. 1787-1797. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15197

Intentional Rounding: a cross-sectional study into patients' and nurses' experience in a Rural facility

Ryan, L., Targett, D., Yeates, H., Woods, C. and East, L.. 2022. "Intentional Rounding: a cross-sectional study into patients' and nurses' experience in a Rural facility." 2022 Council of Deans Nursing and Midwifery Symposium (2022 CDNM Symposium). Sunshine Coast, Australia 29 - 30 Mar 2022 Australia.

The experiences of new graduate nurses caring for the deteriorating patient in rural areas: An integrative review

Towner, Elaine C., East, Leah S. and Lea, Jackie. 2022. "The experiences of new graduate nurses caring for the deteriorating patient in rural areas: An integrative review." Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research. 29 (2), pp. 245-251. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2021.12.006

Patient perspectives and experiences of sexual health conversations and cardiovascular disease: A qualitative study

East, Leah, Jackson, D., Manias, E., Dunning, T. and Hutchinson, M.. 2021. "Patient perspectives and experiences of sexual health conversations and cardiovascular disease: A qualitative study." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 30 (21-22), pp. 3194-3204. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15820

Indigenous women's experiences of diabetes in pregnancy: A thematic synthesis

Power, Tamara, Wilson, Denise, East, Leah, Cashman, Belinda, Wannell, Jasmine and Jackson, Debra. 2021. "Indigenous women's experiences of diabetes in pregnancy: A thematic synthesis." Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research. 28 (5), pp. 541-550. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2021.01.004

Physical inactivity and its predictors among adolescents in Saudi Arabia: A cross-sectional comparison between cities with and without a Healthy Cities Program

Alasqah, Ibrahim, Mahmud, Ilias, East, Leah, Alqarawi, Nada and Usher, Kim. 2021. "Physical inactivity and its predictors among adolescents in Saudi Arabia: A cross-sectional comparison between cities with and without a Healthy Cities Program." Saudi Medical Journal. 42 (8), pp. 886-894. https://doi.org/10.15537/smj.2021.42.8.20210310

Involvement and practice of community pharmacists in maternal and child health services: A systematic review

Ayele, Asnakew Achaw, Islam, Md Shahidul, Cosh, Suzanne and East, Leah. 2021. "Involvement and practice of community pharmacists in maternal and child health services: A systematic review." Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 17 (4), pp. 643-652. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2020.07.035

A mixed-methods evaluation of an urban Aboriginal diabetes lifestyle program

Power, Tamara, East, Leah, Gao, Yu, Usher, Kim and Jackson, Debra. 2021. "A mixed-methods evaluation of an urban Aboriginal diabetes lifestyle program." Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 45 (2), pp. 143-149. https://doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.13092

Dietary Behavior of Adolescents in the Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia: A Comparison between Cities with and without the Healthy Cities Program

Alasqah, Ibrahim, Mahmud, Ilias, East, Leah, Alqarawi, Nada and Usher, Kim. 2021. "Dietary Behavior of Adolescents in the Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia: A Comparison between Cities with and without the Healthy Cities Program." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (18). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189508

Patterns of physical activity and dietary habits among adolescents in Saudi Arabia: A systematic review

Alasqah, Ibrahim, Mahmud, Ilias, East, Leah and Usher, Kim. 2021. "Patterns of physical activity and dietary habits among adolescents in Saudi Arabia: A systematic review." International Journal of Health Sciences Ijhs. 15 (2), pp. 39-48.

Preregistration nursing students' provision of safe care—Are we leaving too much to chance?

Ryan, Liz, Jackson, Debra, Woods, Cindy, East, Leah and Usher, Kim. 2021. "Preregistration nursing students' provision of safe care—Are we leaving too much to chance? " Journal of Clinical Nursing. 30 (5-6), pp. e10-e12. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15494

Health Impact and Risk Factors Affecting South and Southeast Asian Women Following Natural Disasters: A Systematic Review

Fatema, Syadani Riyad, East, Leah, Islam, Md Shahidul and Usher, Kim. 2021. "Health Impact and Risk Factors Affecting South and Southeast Asian Women Following Natural Disasters: A Systematic Review." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (21). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111068

Registered Nurses' understanding, knowledge and perceptions of the association between sexually transmitted infections and domestic violence

Bellia, Sharne, Jackson, Debra, Hutchinson, Marie and East, Leah. 2020. "Registered Nurses' understanding, knowledge and perceptions of the association between sexually transmitted infections and domestic violence." Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research. 27 (5), pp. 561-566. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2020.01.003

A cross-sectional study of domestic violence instruction in nursing and midwifery programs: Out of step with community and student expectations

Hutchinson, Marie, Doran, Frances, Brown, Janie, Douglas, Tracy, East, Leah, Irwin, Pauletta, Mainey, Lydia, Saunders, Annette, Sweet, Linda, van de Mortel, Thea and Yates, Karen. 2020. "A cross-sectional study of domestic violence instruction in nursing and midwifery programs: Out of step with community and student expectations." Nurse Education Today. 84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2019.104209

Living with diabetes and disadvantage: A qualitative, geographical case study

Power, Tamara, Kelly, Ray, Usher, Kim, East, Leah, Travaglia, Jo, Robertson, Hamish, Wong, Ann and Jackson, Debra. 2020. "Living with diabetes and disadvantage: A qualitative, geographical case study." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 29 (13-14), pp. 2710-2722. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15295

Nurse and patient satisfaction with intentional rounding in a rural Australian setting

East, Leah, Targett, Dianne, Yeates, Hamish, Ryan, Elizabeth, Quiddington, Louisa and Woods, Cindy. 2020. "Nurse and patient satisfaction with intentional rounding in a rural Australian setting." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 29 (7-8), pp. 1365-1371. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15180

Intentional rounding in the context of student learning

Ryan, Liz, Jackson, Debra, Woods, Cindy, East, Leah and Usher, Kim. 2020. "Intentional rounding in the context of student learning." Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research. 28 (3), pp. 289-295. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2020.09.008

Navigating the Maze of Research: Enhancing Nursing and Midwifery Practice

Borbasi, Sally, Jackson, Debra and East, Leah (ed.) 2019. Navigating the Maze of Research: Enhancing Nursing and Midwifery Practice. Australia. Elsevier.

A systematic review of the prevalence and risk factors of smoking among Saudi adolescents

Alasqah, Ibrahim, Mahmud, Ilias, East, Leah and Usher, Kim. 2019. "A systematic review of the prevalence and risk factors of smoking among Saudi adolescents." Saudi Medical Journal. 40 (9), pp. 867-878. https://doi.org/10.15537/smj.2019.9.24477

Misperceptions and stereotypes in nursing care for sexually transmitted infections and domestic violence: a qualitative exploratory study

Bellia, Sharne, East, Leah, Hutchinson, Marie and Jackson, Debra. 2019. "Misperceptions and stereotypes in nursing care for sexually transmitted infections and domestic violence: a qualitative exploratory study." Contemporary Nurse. 55 (6), pp. 533-542. https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2019.1673667

An integrative literature review of pre-registration nursing students' attitudes and perceptions towards primary healthcare

Byfield, Zachary, East, Leah and Conway, Jane. 2019. "An integrative literature review of pre-registration nursing students' attitudes and perceptions towards primary healthcare." Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research. 26 (5), pp. 583-593. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2019.01.004

Undergraduate nursing assistant employment in aged care has benefits for new graduates

Algoso, Maricris, Ramjan, Lucie, East, Leah and Peters, Kath. 2018. "Undergraduate nursing assistant employment in aged care has benefits for new graduates ." Journal of Advanced Nursing. 74 (8), pp. 1932-1954. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13691

Violated and vulnerable: women's experiences of contracting a sexually transmitted infection from a male partner

East, Leah, Jackson, Debra and Peters, Kath. 2017. "Violated and vulnerable: women's experiences of contracting a sexually transmitted infection from a male partner." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 26 (15-16), pp. 2342-2352. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13723

Exploring undergraduate nursing students' perceptions of working in aged care settings: A review of the literature

Algoso, Maricris, Peters, Kath, Ramjan, Lucie and East, Leah. 2016. "Exploring undergraduate nursing students' perceptions of working in aged care settings: A review of the literature." Nurse Education Today. 36, pp. 275-280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.08.001

Deriving Consensus on the Characteristics of Advanced Practice Nursing: Meta-summary of More Than 2 Decades of Research

Hutchinson, Marie, East, Leah, Stasa, Helen and Jackson, Debra. 2014. "Deriving Consensus on the Characteristics of Advanced Practice Nursing: Meta-summary of More Than 2 Decades of Research ." Nursing Research. 63 (2), pp. 116-128. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNR.0000000000000021

Use of the male condom by heterosexual adolescents and young people: literature review

East, Leah, Jackson, Debra, O'Brien, Louise and Peters, Kath. 2007. "Use of the male condom by heterosexual adolescents and young people: literature review." Journal of Advanced Nursing. 59 (2), pp. 103-110. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04337.x

Corrigendum to “Reproductive and sexual health effects of intimate partner violence: A longitudinal and intergenerational analysis” [Sex. Reprod. Healthc. 35 (2023) 100816]

Hutchinson, Marie, Cosh, Suzanne M. and East, Leah. 2023. "Corrigendum to “Reproductive and sexual health effects of intimate partner violence: A longitudinal and intergenerational analysis” [Sex. Reprod. Healthc. 35 (2023) 100816] ." Sexual and Reproductive HealthCare. 36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2023.100846

The threshold of rural placement frequency and duration: A repeated cross-sectional study examining rural career aspirations among student nurses

Terry, Daniel, Peck, Blake, Elliott, Jessica, East, Leah, Ryan, Liz, Baker, Ed and Schmitz, David. 2024. "The threshold of rural placement frequency and duration: A repeated cross-sectional study examining rural career aspirations among student nurses." Nurse Education in Practice. 77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2024.103989

An exploration of extreme obesity and weight loss management for adults in rural, remote, and regional areas: A systematic review

Summers, Rachael, Lea, Jackie and East, Leah. 2024. "An exploration of extreme obesity and weight loss management for adults in rural, remote, and regional areas: A systematic review ." Contemporary Nurse. 60 (1), pp. 54-66. https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2024.2304712