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Dr Matthew Leach 

Position: Higher Degree Research (HDR) Coordinator/Senior Lecturer: Nursing
Division/Portfolio: Division of Health Sciences
School/Unit: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Campus: City East Campus
Office: C6-42
Telephone: +61 8 830 22846
Fax: +61 8 830 22168
Email: matthew_dot_leach_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/matthew.leach


Dr Leach is a Senior Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Higher Degree Research Coordinator within the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of South Australia. He is also a Registered nurse and naturopath. Dr Leach completed his Bachelor of Nursing degree in 1994, followed by a Diploma of Applied Science (Naturopathy) in 1998, Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree in 2000, and Diploma of Clinical Nutrition in 2008. Dr Leach also completed a PhD in 2005, which examined the clinical feasibility of Horsechestnut Seed Extract in the management of venous leg ulceration, which encompassed four studies, including a randomised placebo-controlled trial, cost-benefit analysis, descriptive survey and a comparative case study.

Since then, Dr Leach has been driven to improving the evidence-base and quality of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and has made an original and significant contribution to the field over the past decade. He has published 54 journal articles, three book chapters and a sole-authored textbook, and has attracted over 425 citations for his work. Dr Leach is also a member of several journal editorial boards and government committees, and has been awarded numerous competitive research grants totalling close to $1 million.


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TEXTBOOK: Clinical decision making in complementary and alternative medicine.


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Mothers, Babies & Families: Health Research Group


Health Economics & Policy Group


Teaching interests

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Naturopathic medicine
  • Nursing practice
  • Complementary & alternative medicine
  • Integrative health care

Professional associations

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research (IN-CAM)

Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group

Cochrane Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Researchers Network

International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR)

Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NORPHCAM)


Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Diploma of Applied Science (Naturopathy)

Diploma of Clinical Nutrition

Registered Nurse

Naturopath


Research interests

  • Evidence based practice
  • Complementary & alternative medicine
  • Herbal medicine
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Naturopathy
  • Integrative health care

Research publications

Leach MJ. (2000) ‘An examination of the factors influencing natural therapy use in the Royal District Nursing Service’. Honours Thesis, University of South Australia.

Leach MJ. (2001) Aesculus hippocastanum. Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, 13(4): 136-140.

Leach MJ. (2001) Phytotherapy and transplantation. Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, 13(2): 43-48.

Leach MJ. (2002) An examination of factors influencing natural therapy use in the Royal District Nursing Service. The Australian Journal of Holistic Nursing, 9(2): 41-49.

Leach MJ. (2003) Barriers to conducting randomised controlled trials: lessons learnt from the Horsechestnut & Venous Leg Ulcer Trial (HAVLUT). Contemporary Nurse, 15(1): 37-47.

Leach MJ. (2003) Natural, complementary, alternative. Which term to use? The Australian Journal of Holistic Nursing, 10(1): 46-49.

Leach MJ. (2004) A critical review of natural therapies in wound management. Ostomy Wound Management, 50(2): 18-29. (http://www.o-wm.com/article/2441)

Leach MJ. (2004) Public, nurse and medical practitioner attitude and practice of natural medicine. Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery, 10(1): 13-21. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?)

Leach MJ. (2004) The clinical feasibility of natural medicine, venotonic therapy and horse chestnut seed extract in the treatment of venous leg ulceration: a descriptive survey. Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery. 10(2): 97-109. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?)

Leach MJ. (2004) Making sense of the venous leg ulcer debate: a literature review. Journal of Wound Care. 13(2): 52-57. (http://www.journalofwoundcare.com)

Leach MJ. (2004) Naturopathic framework for a growing profession. British Naturopathic Journal. 21(3): 8-11.

Leach MJ. (2005) Rapport: a key to treatment success. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 11(4): 262-265. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?)

Leach MJ. (2005) The clinical efficacy & feasibility of using Horsechestnut seed extract in the treatment of venous leg ulceration. PhD Thesis, University of South Australia.

Leach MJ. (2006) Integrative health care: a need for change? Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. 3(1): 1-11. (http://www.bepress.com/jcim/vol3/iss1/1/)

Leach MJ. Pincombe J. Foster G. (2006) Clinical efficacy of horsechestnut seed extract in the treatment of venous ulceration. Journal of Wound Care. 15(4): 159-167. (http://www.journalofwoundcare.com)

Leach MJ. Pincombe J. Foster G. (2006) Using Horsechestnut Seed Extract in the treatment of venous leg ulceration: a cost-benefit analysis. Ostomy/Wound Management 52(4): 68-78. (http://www.o-wm.com/article/5536)

Leach MJ. (2006) Evidence-based practice: a framework for clinical practice and research design. International Journal of Nursing Practice 12(5): 248-51. (http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/ijn)

Leach MJ. (2006) Wound management: using Levine's conservation model to guide practice. Ostomy Wound Management 52(8): 74-80. (http://www.o-wm.com/article/6024)

Leach MJ. (2007) Revisiting the evaluation of clinical practice. International Journal of Nursing Practice 13(2): 70-74. (http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/ijn)

Leach MJ. (2007) Orthodox use, or misuse, of complementary and alternative medicine? Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine 4(1): 1-5. (http://www.bepress.com/jcim/vol4/iss1/3/)

Leach MJ. (2007) Gymnema sylvestre for diabetes mellitus. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 13(9): 977-984. (http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/acm/13/9)

Leach MJ. (2008) Natural wound care. Journal of Complementary Medicine. 7, 32-35,65.

Leach MJ. (2008) The naturopathic process: a framework for naturopathic practice. Journal of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, 14(1): 7-10.

Leach MJ. Kumar S. (2008) The clinical effectiveness of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) in adults with osteoarthritis. International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare, 6(3): 311-320. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1744-1609.2008.00106.x/abstract)

Leach MJ. (2008) Calendula officinalis for wound healing: a systematic review. WOUNDS, 20(8): 236-243. (http://www.woundsresearch.com/article/9064)

Leach MJ. (2008) Planning: a necessary step in clinical care. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(13): 1728-1734. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02281.x/abstract)

Leach MJ. Gillham D. (2008) Evaluation of the Evidence-Based practice Attitude and utilization SurvEy (EBASE) for complementary and alternative medicine practitioners. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 14(5): 792-798. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2753.2008.01046.x/abstract)

Leach MJ. Kumar S. (2008) Cinnamon for diabetes mellitus. (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 2. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/o/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD007170/frame.html)

Leach MJ. Moore V. (2008) Black cohosh (Cimicifuga spp.) for menopausal symptoms (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/o/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD007244/frame.html)

Leach MJ. (2008) Herbs & natural supplements. An evidence-based guide (2nd edition) [Book review]. Contemporary Nurse. 29(2): 238.

Leach MJ. (2009) Naturopathy. In: Practical tips in finding the evidence: an allied health primer. K Grimmer-Somers. S Kumar. A Worley. A Young. (eds.). UST Publishing House, Manila.

Leach MJ. Segal L. (2010) Are clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) useful for health services and health workforce planning? A critique of diabetes CPGs. Diabetic Medicine, 27: 570-577. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1464-5491.2010.02981.x/full)

Leach MJ. Segal L. (2010) Lost opportunities with Australia’s health workforce? MJA. 193(3): 167-172. (http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/193_03_020810/lea11346_fm.html)

Leach MJ. Segal L. (2010) A scheme to support the recruitment and retention of allied health professionals to hard to fill posts in rural areas: commentary. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation. 17(10): 553-554.

Leach MJ. Segal L. (2010) The New National Health and Hospitals Network - Building Australia's Health Workforce: Where is the Evidence? Economic Papers. 29(4): 483-489.

NEW BOOK RELEASE Leach MJ. (2010) Clinical decision making in complementary and alternative medicine. Elsevier Australia, Sydney. http://shop.elsevier.com.au/ISBN/9780729539333/Clinical-Decision-Making-in-Complementary-and-Alternative-Medicine

Leach MJ. (2010) Chronic venous insufficiency. In: Clinical naturopathy: an evidence based guide to practice. J Wardle. J Sarris. (eds.). Churchill Livingstone Australia, Sydney: 203-214.

Leach MJ. (2011) The dermatological system. In: Clinical naturopathic medicine. L Hechtman. (ed.). Churchill Livingstone Australia, Sydney: 631-688.

Leach MJ. Gillham D. (2011) Are complementary medicine practitioners implementing evidence based practice? Complementary Therapies in Medicine: 19(3): 128-136.

Thakkor V. Leach MJ. Gillham D. Esterman A. (2011) The quality of information on websites selling St. John's wort. Complementary Therapies in Medicine: 19(3): 155-160.

Segal L. Leach MJ. (2011) An evidence-based health workforce model for primary & community care. Implementation Science: 6: 93.

Leach MJ. Segal L. (2011) Patient attributes warranting consideration in clinical practice guidelines, health workforce planning and policy. BMC Health Services Research: 11: 221.

Leach MJ. (2012) Complementary health practices [Letter]. J Am Med Assoc. 308(5): 453.

Gillies D. Sinn JKH. Lad SS. Leach MJ. Ross MJ. (2012) Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: 7: CD007986.

Leach MJ. (2012) Complementary medicine in Australia and New Zealand [Book review]. Health Sociology Review. 21(4): 131-132.

Leach MJ. Kumar S. (2012) Cinnamon for diabetes mellitus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. (9): CD007170.

Leach MJ. Moore V. (2012) Black cohosh (Cimicifuga spp.) for menopausal symptoms. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. (9): CD007244.

Leach MJ. (2012) Using role substitution to address the health workforce shortage and to facilitate integration? J Complement Integrative Med. 9(1): np.

Ding M. Leach MJ. Bradley H. (2013) The effectiveness and safety of ginger for pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting: A systematic review. Women & Birth: 26(1): e26-30.

Leach MJ. (2013) Profile of the complementary and alternative medicine workforce across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States and United Kingdom. Complement Ther Med: 21(3): 364-378.

Segal L. Leach MJ. May E. Turnbull C. (2013) Regional primary care team to deliver best-practice diabetes care: A needs-driven health workforce model reflecting a biopsychosocial construct of health. Diabetes Care: 36(7): 1898-1907.

Leach MJ. Thoms LM. (2013) Topical herbal interventions for gingivitis [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: (6): CD010573.

Ding M. Leach MJ. Bradley H. (2013) A systematic review of the evidence for topical ginger. EXPLORE: 9(6): 361-364.

Leach MJ. Segal L. Esterman A. Armour C. McDermott R. Fountaine T. (2013) The Diabetes Care Project: a multicentre, cluster randomised controlled trial [study protocol]. BMC Public Health: 13: 1212.

Agnew T. Leach MJ. Segal L. (2014) The clinical impact and cost effectiveness of essential oils and aromatherapy for the treatment of acne vulgaris: A protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 20(5): 399-405.

Furber G. Segal L. Leach MJ. Cocks J. (2014) Mapping scores from the strengths and difficulties questionnaire (SDQ) to preference-based utility values. Quality of Life Research. 23(2): 403-411.

Leach MJ. Francis A. Ziaian T. (2014) Improving the health and wellbeing of community-dwelling carers of dementia sufferers – study protocol of a randomised controlled trial of structured meditation training. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 20(2): 136-141.

Leach MJ. McIntyre E. Frawley J. (2014) Characteristics of the Australian complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) workforce. Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine. 26(2): 58-65.


Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: health sciences

  • Naturopathy
  • Natural Medicine
  • Complementary & alternative medicine
  • Herbal medicine
  • Integrative health care
  • Evidence based practice

Community Service

Organisation Name:   University of South Australia
Section:   Division of Health Sciences - Human Research Ethics Committee
Level of involvement:   Committee member
Year from:   2006
Year to:   2011
Comments:   Responsible for independent review of Honours and Masters by coursework ethics applications.

Organisation Name:   Department of Education, Training and the Arts - Queensland Government
Section:   Office of Higher Education
Type of Organisation:   Government Board or committee
Organisation URL:   http://education.qld.gov.au/students/higher-education/qld/office.html
Level of involvement:   Member, Course assessment panel
Year from:   2006
Comments:   Responsible for providing expert review of complementary and alternative medicine education programs.

Organisation Name:   Journal of Wound Care
Organisation URL:   http://www.journalofwoundcare.com/
Level of involvement:   Reviewer of Selected Papers
Year from:   2006

Organisation Name:   Focus on Alternative & Complementary Therapies (FACT)
Organisation URL:   http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)2042-7166/homepage/EditorialBoard.html
Level of involvement:    Editorial board - Technical Editor
Year from:   2010

Organisation Name:   New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Section:   Quality Assurance Division
Type of Organisation:   Government Board or committee
Organisation URL:   http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/
Level of involvement:   Member, Course assessment panel
Year from:   2010

Organisation Name:   Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
Type of Organisation:   Government Board or committee
Organisation URL:   http://www.teqsa.gov.au/
Level of involvement:   Member, Register of Experts
Year from:   2011


Research Degree Supervisor

Dr Matthew Leach has a background in nursing, naturopathy and clinical research, and holds a Bachelor of Nursing (honours) degree, a Diploma of Applied Science (Naturopathy), a Diploma of Clinical Nutrition, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). He has expertise in naturopathy, herbal medicine, and complementary and alternative medicine, with particular interest in diabetes, wound managemement, and evidence-based practice. Dr Leach also has experience in the development and conduct of randomised controlled trials, comparative case studies, cost-benefit analysis, descriptive surveys, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Current Projects:

Determining the multidisciplinary workforce required to support best practice in mental health
 Matthew is co-investigator on this National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded study that is implementing a needs-based evidence-driven primary health care workforce planning model to describe the multidisciplinary primary health care team necessary to deliver best practice in community mental health care and prevention.
Distance Education OnLine Intervention for Evidence Based Practice Literacy [DELIVER]
 Matthew is co-investigator on this National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine/National Institutes of Health funded study that is examining the effect of an online evidence-based practice training program on chiropractor attitude, skill and utilisation of evidence-based practice.
Perceptions of management accounting, nursing and CAM academics about the research-practice gap
 Matthew is co-investigator on this study that is exploring the perceptions of management accounting, nursing and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) academics of the research-practice gap.
Transcendental Meditation for Carers of Dementia Sufferers [TRANSCENDENT]
 Dr Matthew Leach is lead investigator on this randomised controlled trial, which is funded by an Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Grant. The project is examining whether Transcendental Meditation can improve stress, affect, cognitive function and quality of life in carers of dementia sufferers.




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