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Senior Lecturer School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition at James Cook University

Dr Lea Budden has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. She is a nurse academic researcher who works at James Cook University in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition as a Senior Lecturer. Dr Budden's doctoral research (Phd) studied Australian women's decision styles and decision satisfaction for early breast cancer treatment. She is a member of the scientific working group for the Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4) funded by Cancer Australia to develop and conduct cancer research in primary care.


  • 1998–present
    Senior Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 1990–1997
    Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 1985–1989
    Nurse Educator, Townsville Genral Hospital, Australia
  • 1979–1984
    Registered Nurse, Liverpool Hospital, NSW Australia


  • 1998 
    James Cook University, Australia, PhD Doctor of Philosopyc(Nursing)
  • 1996 
    Flinder University, Australia, Master of Nursing
  • 1992 
    Unversity of Central Queensland, Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)
  • 1988 
    University of Southern Queensland, Graduate Diploma of Education (Tertiary)
  • 1986 
    Queensland University of Technology, Diploma of Health Science (Nurse Education)
  • 1979 
    Liverpool Hospital, NSW Australia, Registered Nurse Certificate


  • 2007
    Australian women’s prediagnostic values and sociodemographic variables relating to breast cancer, Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, 8, 9-20.
  • 2004
    Assisting women's treatment decisions., Australian Nursing Journal, 11(8), 39.
  • 2003
    Australian women's prediagnostic decision-making styles, relating to treatment for early breast ca., Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 17(2), 117-136

Research Areas

  • Nursing (1110)
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
  • Nursing Not Elsewhere Classified (111099)