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Dr Leonie Cox

Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing


Dr Leonie Cox
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - HDHS
Discipline *
Anthropology, Nursing
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PhD (Social Anthropology) (University of Sydney), Graduate Certificate Education [Higher Education] (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1) Social Anthropology (University of Sydney), MENTAL HEALTH NURSE REGISTERED (Other)

Professional memberships
and associations

Cultural Safety, Diversity Teaching, Ethnography, Existential Psychiatry, Health And History, Indigenous Health And Well-Being, Indigenous Higher Education, Phenomenology, Social, Political & Cultural Health Determinants, Suicide

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Leonie is a social anthropologist with extensive experience in teaching,  research and supervision on cross cultural issues and their impact on health and health service provision. Leonie is also a mental health nurse with over two decades clinical experience in acute psychiatry and in the alcohol and other drugs field. In terms of teaching Leonie has a special interest in the philosophy and practice of cultural safety as it applies to nursing in the Australian context and she coordinates, designs and  teaches a major unit focusing on this area. Research interests and approaches Leonie’s   phenomenological  ethnography explores:

  •     historical issues and health
  •     a critique of individualism
  •     the medicalisation and criminalisation of difference and poverty
  •     suicide
  •     studies of knowledge, power, class and racism
  •     social, political and cultural determinants of health
  •     the interface between individuals, communities and government institutions
  •     community driven research and community research priorities
  •     constructivist pedagogy
  •     Indigenous retention and participation in higher education
This information has been contributed by Dr Leonie Cox.


Teaching and learning areas

  • health, culture and diversity
  • cultural safety
  • Indigenous health and social and emotional well-being
  • psychiatry and mental health nursing
  • sociology/anthropology and nursing

Current Coordination

Research supervision

  • 2014 ongoing: Principal Supervisor (Assc. Professor Carol Windsor Associate) Flora Corfee’s doctoral project An exploration of the nexus between critical care culture and people living with mental illness .
  • 2013 ongoing: Principal Supervisor (Dr Mark Brough Associate), Rachel Sambrano’s doctoral project Impact of Peer-Support Workers on Service Delivery Culture In Acute Mental Health Facilities
  • 2012 ongoing: Principal Supervisor (Dr Carol Windsor Associate), Wani Erick’s doctoral project, The “MouiOlaola he Magafaoa (Strengthening Families Wellbeing) Project” An exploration into Perceptions of Young Emigrant Maori and Pacific Island Families in Townsville about how to make child health services more relevant and culturally safe.
  • 2012 ongoing: Principal Supervisor (Dr Christina Campbell Associate), Belinda Chaplin’s doctoral project, “Exploring Post-Operative Transgenders’ Perceptions of Psychosocial Experiences Surrounding the Surgical Process”.
  • 2010 -graduated 2012: Associate Supervisor (Dr Mark Brough Principal), Dr Jessica Bird’s doctoral project “Refugees, Resettlement and Reconstruction: the impact of transnational practice and networks on the wellbeing and identity of the Karen community in Brisbane.”
  • 2010: Principal Supervisor, Belinda Chaplin’s Honours Project: Psychosocial impacts of Sexual Reassignment Surgery on the daily lives and social functioning of the post-operative transgender person. (Awarded First Class)
  • 2009: Principal Supervisor, Rachel Sambrano’s Honours Project: ‘Exploring Indigenous Peoples’ Experience of Seclusion’. (Awarded First Class)
  • 2008 – Graduated 2012: Co-supervised  Dr Suryani’s PhD  project ‘The phenomenon of auditory hallucinations as described by Indonesian people living with schizophrenia’.
  • 2007 – Graduated 2010:  Co-supervised to completion Dr Caroline Lenette’s PhD  with the School of Humanities and Human Services entitled ‘Resilience and well-being in the lived experiences of refugee women in Brisbane.
  • 2007: Principal Supervisor to completion at UQ, Dr Wendy Foley: Healthy eating and managing Type 2 diabetes in an urban Indigenous community;
  • 2007: Principal Supervisor to completion at UQ. Dr Chelsea Bond : A Matter of Life or Death? Narrating Urban Aboriginal Identity within Public Health.
  • 2007: Principal Supervisor for Independent Study NSB421 by Rachel Sambrano- Indigenous Housing
This information has been contributed by Dr Leonie Cox.


QUT Research Projects

  • 2013 ongoing Cultural Safety in Consumer and Carer led mental health research
  • 2012-ongoing: ‘Learning, teaching and practising social equity’, to the Innovation & Development Program, 2012, Competitive Grant
  • 2011-ongoing: Recruitment and retention of Indigenous nursing students at QUT (Funded by OCNO)
  • 2009 – 2011: Promoting resilience and effective workplace functioning in international students enrolled in health courses, ALTC Competitive Grant
  • 2009: From theory to practice: Cultural Safety (funded T and L Project)
  • 2007-ongoing: consultant on an Indigenous social and emotional well-being project with the Mater CYMHS “Bringing up children Gran’s Way” (AIATSIS Funding)
  • 2010: member of a Queensland Health Community of Practice (COP) on cultural issues in nurse education and a related Queensland Health’s Steering Committee Implementing the Cross Cultural Learning and Development Strategy.
  • work with the Rotary Indigenous Mental Heath Forum Planning Committee and a resulting in a community forum with the Inala Elders on mental health issues which is being carried forward by an Indigenous colleague.
This information has been contributed by Dr Leonie Cox.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2009: Australian Health Review, Manuscript Draft, Manuscript Number: AHR824 2008: Australian Health Review ¿Telephone case management reduces distress and psychiatric hospitalisation¿ 2008: Australian Health Review ¿Barriers to comorbidity service delivery: the complexities of dual diagnosis and the need to agree on terminology and conceptual frameworks¿ 2008: Health and History ¿Too Much Sorry Business: Revisiting Indigenous Health and History: Life Expectancy in Traditional Aboriginal Society with a Particular Focus on the East Coast of Australia¿ 2007:Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, Special Issue Oodgeroo Unit, QUT, ¿Big worry: Implications of Anxiety in Indigenous Youth¿. 2007: For Australian Health Review ¿A piece of the puzzle-the role of ethnic health staff in hospitals¿ 2006: For Social Change Research ¿Personal and social transition and the concept of enforced liminality for Indigenous Australians with adult-acquired physical disability¿
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
Consultant to Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Services: Indigenous Program for the Indigenous driven project Bringing Up Children Gran's Way. The project produced a community resource for Elders, has a publication under review and is seeking further funding to extend the project. I have consulted for the project from 2006 to the present time 2010.
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
Invited to a National Teaching Mental Health Workshop in Melbourne June 2010
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
Appointed to the Queensland Health Multicultural Services Steering Committee for Implementing the Cross Cultural Learning and Development Strategy
International Collaboration
Reference year
Invited to contribute a book chapter about ¿Aboriginal religion and nursing¿ by Marsha D. Fowler, PhD, MDiv, MS, FAAN Professor of Ethics, Spirituality, and Faith Integration Senior Fellow, Institute for Faith Integration Azusa Pacific University WC Bldg 1, Rm 219 in Suite 209 (Honors) "The Surge" 901 E. Alosta (Rte. 66) P.O. Box 7000 Azusa, California 91702-7000. After discussion with Indigenous colleagues it was decided that my role would be to liaise with local Indigenous academics and the publishers. To this end I facilitated a connection between Nereda White and Joan Hendricks from ACU and Professor Fowler and the latter contacts me if needed to pursue progress.