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Professor, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University

Professor Peter A. Leggat, AM, ADC, BMedSc MB BS Qld, MMedEd Dundee, MPH MHSc(AvMed) Otago, PhD SAust, DrPH JCU, MD Qld, FAFPHM, FFPH RCP(UK), FPHAA, FACTM, FACAsM, FISTM, FFTM FFEWM ACTM, FFTM RCPSG, FACRRM, FISTM, FSIA, FACE, FAICD, FRAS, FRGS, Hon.FFPM RCP(UK), Hon.FACTM, Hon.FFTM ACTM, Hon.MNZSTM, ACPHM CMSA, WSO-CSE/CSM/CSS(OSH)/CSSD, ChOHSP, is Professor in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, and Deputy Chair of Academic Board, James Cook University (JCU), Australia. He has a strong interest in health workforce development in public health and tropical medicine, but also in related areas such as aerospace and travel medicine. He is also co-Director of the World Health Organizaton (WHO) Collaborating Centres for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases at JCU.

Professor Leggat graduated in medical science and medicine from the University of Queensland. He undertook postgraduate studies at Mahidol University, the University of Dundee and the University of Otago, before completing doctoral and higher doctoral studies back in Australia. He has also specialised in General Practice, Public Health Medicine and Aerospace Medicine. As part of a Fulbright Scholarship, he completed the Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship Program at Michigan State University. His research encompasses a broad range of topics including occupational health issues for health care workers, public health aspects of disasters, and health and safety concerns for travellers. He has published >500 journal papers (>7000 citations; h-index=40; i10-index=155), and >90 chapters, as well as >35 books, directories and proceedings. He has presented >400 papers at national and international conferences. His most recently published books include Neglected and Emerging Tropical Diseases in South and Southeast Asia and Northern Australia (MDPI, Basel, Switzerland, 2018) and Essential Travel Medicine (Wiley, Oxford, UK, 2015). He also founded the Supercourse Travel Medicine Course with eight lectures. He has consulted with various organisations, including the Australian Defence Force, the Therapeutic Goods Authority (Australia) and the WHO.

Professor Leggat holds a number of professional and other Board appointments. He was a member of the JCU Council from 2005-2018 and is a current Member of the JCU Academic Board. He was formerly President/Director-General of the World Safety Organization (WSO) and currently serves on the WSO Board of Directors. He is currently President-Elect of the International Society of Travel Medicine; Dean of Education of The Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine; President of The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM); Immediate Past Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, ACTM; and Honorary Secretary of the Travel Health Advisory Group, Australia, ACTM. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 1991 and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours.

Experience

  • 2007–present
    Chair professor, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Australia
  • 2016–present
    Deputy Dean, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Australia

Education

  • 2005 
    James Cook University, Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
  • 2004 
    University of Otago, Master of Health Sciences in Aviation Medicine
  • 2003 
    University of Queensland, Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • 2002 
    University of South Australia, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • 1998 
    University of Otago, Master of Public Health
  • 1992 
    University of Dundee, Master of Medical Education
  • 1987 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • 1985 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Medical Science with Distinction

Honours

AM-Member of the Order of Australia