Professor Amanda Jane Leach AM
Principal research fellow; Leader of the Ear Health Research Program, Child Health Division
Master of Agricultural Science; PhD (Medicine).
Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:
Principal Supervisor for PhD
Professor Amanda Leach AM is leader of the Ear Health Research Program, Child Health Division. In 2011 she won a Senior Research Fellowship which was awarded the Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship for top ranking female applicant in the clinical category.
Prof Leach has 78 career publications; her 1994 PhD publication (cited by 324) described for the first time that Indigenous infants acquire nasopharyngeal bacterial pathogens within weeks of life and that acquisition predicted onset of otitis media (OM).
Prof Leach leads a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Ear and Hearing Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, CRE_ICHEAR. She is also NHMRC lead investigator for two vaccine trials (PREVIX), a study of school readiness (VOICES), and is co-investigator of a CSOM treatment trial (IHEARBETA) and two trials for treatment of OM in urban Aboriginal children (WATCH and INFLATE).
Prof Leach is leading the update of the 2010 OM Guidelines including an OM app using the international GRADE approach.
Prof Leach is Joint Chair with A/Professor Kelvin Kong, for the Hearing for Learning Initiative – a funding partnership between The Balnaves Foundation, the Northern Territory Government, and the Australian Government. The goal is to support communities through training and employment, to establish local, sustainable, clinical and education expertise and eliminate the social and educational disadvantage caused by ear disease and hearing loss.
In 2020, Prof Leach was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to ear disease research, and to Indigenous child health.