Dr Leigh Wilson

PhD, Doctorate
Senior Lecturer, Behavioural Health Sciences

C43A - Jeffrey Miller Admin Building Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +612 9114 2199

Website Ageing & Health website
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Biographical details

Dr Leigh Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences Ageing, Work and Health Research Group. With a PhD in Behavioural Science and a Doctorate in Public Health, Dr Wilson has a strong background in health and health system research, having worked in the NSW Health system as a Health Service Manager and Research Study Co-ordinator.

She has recently published papers on the effects of heat-waves in an elderly population, behavioural aspects of public health and community based healthcare. Dr Wilson is currently working as part of the Ageing, Work and Health Research Group to further investigate the effects of heat-waves in rural communities, the impact of urbanisation and high density living on older people, the implications of climate change on health in an ageing population and improving wellbeing in an older population.

Research interests

Dr Wilson's primary research interests are in: evidence based healthcare, environmental aspects of climate change (particularly heat-waves), aged care, public health, health policy, research methods, community health and behavioural health.

Teaching and supervision

  • Unit of Study Coordinator – Health Industry Project (HSBH3023)
  • Lecturer and Tutor - Research Methods in Health (HSBH1007/2007)
  • Lecturer - Work and Health (BACH 3147)
  • Facilitator - Industry and Community Project Unit (Westmead Wayfinding)

Supervision:

2018:

PhD - Kylie Crnek-Georgeson. Retirement Pathways, Mental Well-being and Suicidal Behavior in Older Rural Australians: A mixed methods study.

2017:

Master of Public Health / Health Science

Krista Cockrell: A salutogenic approach to healthcare delivery by rural paramedics (Deans Medal)

Batool Sayeeda:The association of prolonged breastfeeding and nutritional status in Pakistani children aged 0-3 years: Evidence from the 2012-13 Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey.

Saira Amir: Population attributable risk estimates for factors associated with non- use of postnatal care services among women in Pakistan.

2016:

Sandy Alex: Work Apparel of the Australian Healthcare workers as an agent of Infection and the relevant methods of laundering.

Ehoud El hazaah: Workplace Bullying: the impact for employers

2014:

Honours:

Fiona Ng: Weather extremes and health: the voice of rual Australians (1st Class Hons)

Nhung Huynh: Heatwaves and CALD communities: The Vietnamese experience. (1st Class Hons)

Current research students

Project title Research student
Retirement Pathways, mental well-being and suicidal behaviour in older rural Australians Kylie CRNEK-GEORGESON

Current projects

Heatwaves and Highrise: Are we Prepared?

This study investigates the implications of highrise living on older people in a warming climate.

Sustainable solutions for productive Ageing.

This study investigates the usability of an App to increase safety and walkability in older people living in the City of Parramatta.

HOPP Strength and Balance Project

This research study investigates the impact of a home based strength and balance program on function and mental wellbeing in older people living in Western Sydney. It is a collaborative project between Western Sydney LHD, Western Sydney University and USyd.

Associations

Dr Wilson is a member of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility?s Social Economic and Institutional Research Network and is a member of a collaborative teams undertaking:

1) research on novel statistical modelling of the impact of heat on illness in Sydney and Hong Kong

2) Qualitative research into the factors impacting on long life in Centenarians in Sydney and Singapore

3) Mixed method research on the health of an ageing population in Western Sydney

In the media

ABC Radio National Bush Telegraph (Surviving hotter Summers) - 26-11-2013

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/archived/bushtelegraph/heatwaves/5115142

Sourceable Construction Website:

Apartments and heat: 31 - 8- 2018

https://sourceable.net/apartments-death-traps-elderly-heatwaves/

International links

Hong Kong S.A.R.

(Chinese University of Hong Kong) Collaborative Partner in Heatwave Mapping Projects

Singapore

(Centre for Ageing Research and Education (CARE)) APRU Partners in Ageing research

Selected grants

2013

  • Community involvement in planning for the rebuilding of the fishing port communities along the Senriku coastline, Japan: A collaborative study with older Japanese residents.; Wilson L, Black D, Lea J, Black J; Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant.

2011

  • Heat-ready: Adapting aged care facilities to prevent premature death in elderley Australians; Black D, Veitch C, Wilson L; National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility/Climate Change Adaptation Research Grants.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Black, D., Wilson, L., Manocha, R. (2012). Disentangling the Evidence: The Efficacy of Meditation in People with Cancer. In Olver, I and Robotin, M (Eds.), Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicines, (pp. 121-142). London: Imperial College Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Black, D., O'Loughlin, K., Wilson, L. (2018). Climate change and the health of older people in Australia: A scoping review on the role of mobile applications (apps) in ameliorating impact. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 37(2), 99-106. [More Information]
  • Crnek-Georgeson, K., Wilson, L., Page, A. (2017). Factors influencing suicide in older rural males: a review of Australian studies. Rural and Remote Health, 17(4:4020). [More Information]
  • Ng, F., Wilson, L., Veitch, C. (2015). Climate adversity and resilience: The voice of rural Australia. Rural and Remote Health, 15(4), 1-13.
  • Fernandez, A., Black, J., Jones, M., Wilson, L., Salvador-Carulla, L., Astell-Burt, T., Black, D. (2015). Flooding and mental health: a systematic mapping review. PloS One, 10(4), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Black, D., Wilson, L., O'Loughlin, K., Noone, J., Kendig, H., Butcher, J. (2015). Housing type, location of residence and health status in Australian baby boomers: Results from the Australian Baby Boomer (ABBA) Study. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 34(1), 43-46. [More Information]
  • Willis, K., Lewis, S., Ng, F., Wilson, L. (2015). The Experience of Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer-A Review of the Literature. Health Care for Women International, 36(5), 514-542. [More Information]
  • Hansen, A., Nitschke, M., Saniotis, A., Benson, J., Tan, Y., Smyth, V., Wilson, L., Han, G., Mwanri, L., Bi, P. (2014). Extreme heat and cultural and linguistic minorities in Australia: Perceptions of stakeholders. BMC Public Health, 14(1:550). [More Information]
  • Schmertmann, M., Williamson, A., Black, D., Wilson, L. (2013). Risk factors for unintentional poisoning in children aged 1-3 years in NSW Australia: A case-control study. BMC Pediatrics, 13, 1-15. [More Information]
  • Wilson, L., Morgan, G., Hanigan, I., Johnston, F., Abu-Rayya, H., Broome, R., Gaskin, C., Jalaludin, B. (2013). The impact of heat on mortality and morbidity in the Greater Metropolitan Sydney Region: a case crossover analysis. Environmental Health, 12(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Black, D., Taggart, J., Jayasinghe, U., Proudfoot, J., Crookes, P., Beilby, J., Powell-Davis, G., Wilson, L., Harris, M. (2013). The Teamwork Study: enhancing the role of non-GP staff in chronic disease management in general practice. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19(3), 184-189. [More Information]
  • Black, D., O'Loughlin, K., Kendig, H., Wilson, L. (2012). Cities, environmental stressors, ageing and chronic disease. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 31(3), 147-151. [More Information]
  • Manocha, R., Black, D., Wilson, L. (2012). Quality of Life and Functional Health Status of Long-Term Meditators. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Wilson, L., Black, D., Veitch, C. (2012). The HeatSafe Preliminary Study: Perceptions of Heat-Wave Events in Australian Residents Aged 75+. Aging And Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1(3), 25-32. [More Information]
  • Wilson, L., Black, D., Veitch, C. (2011). Heatwaves and the Elderly: The role of the GP in reducing morbidity. Australian Family Physician, 40(6), 637-640.
  • Wilson, L., Quine, S., Lewis, M. (2010). Hiding under the blankets: reasons why parents cover infants' strollers and prams. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 13(2), 13-17.
  • Wilson, L., Quine, S., Lewis, M. (2010). Sleeping infants safely - considerations for GPs. Australian Family Physician, 39(1-2), 66-68. [More Information]
  • Wilson, L. (2008). The Great Pram Coverup: a cautionary tale. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 11(1), 26-28.
  • Hoskin (Wilson), L., Bligh, P., Hansen, R., Fulcher, G., Gates, F. (2000). Bone Density and Body Composition in Young Women with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 904(1), 625-627.
  • Clifton-Bligh, P., Hoskin (Wilson), L., Fulcher, G. (2000). Chronic fatigue syndrome and the endocrine system. Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity, 7(2), 102-106. [More Information]
  • McGregor, N., Niblett, S., Dunstan, H., Butt, H., Roberts, T., King, K., Bligh, P., Greg, F., Hoskin, L., Klineberg, I. (2000). The biochemistry of chronic pain and fatigue. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 7(1), 3-21.

Conferences

  • Wilson, L. (2013). Adapting NSW aged care facilities to coping with heatwaves. 2012 AAG & ACS Rural Conference, Sydney: Aged & Community Services Association.
  • Wilson, L., Black, D., Veitch, C. (2011). The HeatSafe Preliminary Study: Perceptions of Heat-Wave Events in Australian Residents Aged 75+. Aging and Society: Interdisciplinary Conferenence, Berkeley: Common Ground Publishing.
  • Wilson, L., Veitch, C., Black, D. (2011). Transitioning to Climate Change: The Effects of Increasing daily temperatures on elderly NSW residents. 10th National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference (ERA 2011), Sydney, Australia: Emerging Researchers in Ageing.
  • Wilson, L. (2010). Ageing, Health and Climate Change: The Effects of Increasing Daily Temperature on an Elderly Population. NUS, Duke-NUS and APRU Research Symposium on Healthy Aging, Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.

Report

  • Wilson, L., Achat, H., Close, G. (2003). The Health and Wellbeing Status of Children and Youth In Western Sydney.

2018

  • Black, D., O'Loughlin, K., Wilson, L. (2018). Climate change and the health of older people in Australia: A scoping review on the role of mobile applications (apps) in ameliorating impact. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 37(2), 99-106. [More Information]

2017

  • Crnek-Georgeson, K., Wilson, L., Page, A. (2017). Factors influencing suicide in older rural males: a review of Australian studies. Rural and Remote Health, 17(4:4020). [More Information]

2015

  • Ng, F., Wilson, L., Veitch, C. (2015). Climate adversity and resilience: The voice of rural Australia. Rural and Remote Health, 15(4), 1-13.
  • Fernandez, A., Black, J., Jones, M., Wilson, L., Salvador-Carulla, L., Astell-Burt, T., Black, D. (2015). Flooding and mental health: a systematic mapping review. PloS One, 10(4), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Black, D., Wilson, L., O'Loughlin, K., Noone, J., Kendig, H., Butcher, J. (2015). Housing type, location of residence and health status in Australian baby boomers: Results from the Australian Baby Boomer (ABBA) Study. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 34(1), 43-46. [More Information]
  • Willis, K., Lewis, S., Ng, F., Wilson, L. (2015). The Experience of Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer-A Review of the Literature. Health Care for Women International, 36(5), 514-542. [More Information]

2014

  • Hansen, A., Nitschke, M., Saniotis, A., Benson, J., Tan, Y., Smyth, V., Wilson, L., Han, G., Mwanri, L., Bi, P. (2014). Extreme heat and cultural and linguistic minorities in Australia: Perceptions of stakeholders. BMC Public Health, 14(1:550). [More Information]

2013

  • Wilson, L. (2013). Adapting NSW aged care facilities to coping with heatwaves. 2012 AAG & ACS Rural Conference, Sydney: Aged & Community Services Association.
  • Schmertmann, M., Williamson, A., Black, D., Wilson, L. (2013). Risk factors for unintentional poisoning in children aged 1-3 years in NSW Australia: A case-control study. BMC Pediatrics, 13, 1-15. [More Information]
  • Wilson, L., Morgan, G., Hanigan, I., Johnston, F., Abu-Rayya, H., Broome, R., Gaskin, C., Jalaludin, B. (2013). The impact of heat on mortality and morbidity in the Greater Metropolitan Sydney Region: a case crossover analysis. Environmental Health, 12(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Black, D., Taggart, J., Jayasinghe, U., Proudfoot, J., Crookes, P., Beilby, J., Powell-Davis, G., Wilson, L., Harris, M. (2013). The Teamwork Study: enhancing the role of non-GP staff in chronic disease management in general practice. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19(3), 184-189. [More Information]

2012

  • Black, D., O'Loughlin, K., Kendig, H., Wilson, L. (2012). Cities, environmental stressors, ageing and chronic disease. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 31(3), 147-151. [More Information]
  • Black, D., Wilson, L., Manocha, R. (2012). Disentangling the Evidence: The Efficacy of Meditation in People with Cancer. In Olver, I and Robotin, M (Eds.), Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicines, (pp. 121-142). London: Imperial College Press. [More Information]
  • Manocha, R., Black, D., Wilson, L. (2012). Quality of Life and Functional Health Status of Long-Term Meditators. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Wilson, L., Black, D., Veitch, C. (2012). The HeatSafe Preliminary Study: Perceptions of Heat-Wave Events in Australian Residents Aged 75+. Aging And Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1(3), 25-32. [More Information]

2011

  • Wilson, L., Black, D., Veitch, C. (2011). Heatwaves and the Elderly: The role of the GP in reducing morbidity. Australian Family Physician, 40(6), 637-640.
  • Wilson, L., Black, D., Veitch, C. (2011). The HeatSafe Preliminary Study: Perceptions of Heat-Wave Events in Australian Residents Aged 75+. Aging and Society: Interdisciplinary Conferenence, Berkeley: Common Ground Publishing.
  • Wilson, L., Veitch, C., Black, D. (2011). Transitioning to Climate Change: The Effects of Increasing daily temperatures on elderly NSW residents. 10th National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference (ERA 2011), Sydney, Australia: Emerging Researchers in Ageing.

2010

  • Wilson, L. (2010). Ageing, Health and Climate Change: The Effects of Increasing Daily Temperature on an Elderly Population. NUS, Duke-NUS and APRU Research Symposium on Healthy Aging, Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.
  • Wilson, L., Quine, S., Lewis, M. (2010). Hiding under the blankets: reasons why parents cover infants' strollers and prams. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 13(2), 13-17.
  • Wilson, L., Quine, S., Lewis, M. (2010). Sleeping infants safely - considerations for GPs. Australian Family Physician, 39(1-2), 66-68. [More Information]

2008

  • Wilson, L. (2008). The Great Pram Coverup: a cautionary tale. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 11(1), 26-28.

2003

  • Wilson, L., Achat, H., Close, G. (2003). The Health and Wellbeing Status of Children and Youth In Western Sydney.

2000

  • Hoskin (Wilson), L., Bligh, P., Hansen, R., Fulcher, G., Gates, F. (2000). Bone Density and Body Composition in Young Women with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 904(1), 625-627.
  • Clifton-Bligh, P., Hoskin (Wilson), L., Fulcher, G. (2000). Chronic fatigue syndrome and the endocrine system. Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity, 7(2), 102-106. [More Information]
  • McGregor, N., Niblett, S., Dunstan, H., Butt, H., Roberts, T., King, K., Bligh, P., Greg, F., Hoskin, L., Klineberg, I. (2000). The biochemistry of chronic pain and fatigue. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 7(1), 3-21.

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