Dr Stuart Leske

Program Manager - Centre of Researc

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Overview

Dr Stuart Leske is a Senior Research Fellow/Program Manager Centre of Research Excellence in Urban Indigenous Health at Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP). Stuart previously worked on the Queensland Suicide Register (QSR) at AISRAP for 4.5 years, with 4 years and 2 months as the project manager. In the context of real-time suicide mortality data during the COVID-19 pandemic, he was the first author of a publication in The Lancet Psychiatry about real-time suicide mortality data in Queensland during the COVID-19 pandemic, and co-authored a publication in the Lancet Regional Health Americas. As part of the International Covid-19 Suicide Prevention Research Collaboration – ICSPRC, a partnership, and collaboration with the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP), he contributed to 21- and 33-country studies on real-time suicide mortality data during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stuart oversaw the production of 74 outputs in 2020 (including 31 data requests) from the interim and final QSR, with data provided to and informing the Commonwealth Health Minister alongside data from the Victorian and Tasmanian Suicide Registers.

He is the first author of four Suicide in Queensland annual reports (2019 to 2022), with information from recent reports featuring on the AIHW's webpages on data from suicide registers.

Stuart has reviewed 18 times for Lancet journals (7 x The Lancet Public Health, 4 x The Lancet Psychiatry, 4 x The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific, 2 x The Lancet Regional Health - Americas and 1 x eClinicalMedicine).

Stuart has had the privilege of supervising Mandy Gibson for her first two PhD papers, which led to two open-access publications looking at how age-specific suicide rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth differ depending on community-level cultural connectedness published in the MJA and ANZJPH.

Stuart has enjoyed supervising, working with and learning from research assistants and principal researchers on the Queensland Suicide Register with degrees in counselling, criminology, data science, geography, justice, law, medicine, psychology, psychiatry and sociology.

With the support of principal researchers Professors Kairi Kõlves and David Crompton, Stuart enacted several staff wellbeing initiatives for research assistants (RAs) while managing the QSR, including:

1. Supervision with a clinical psychologist every 4 to 8 weeks (2018 onwards)

2. Weekly wellness groups with QSR staff and two to three staff from an interstate suicide register

3. A wall of smiling survivors of suicide attempts from https://livethroughthis.org/, to remind staff that for each death by suicide they read about, 25 to 30 people survived a suicide attempt

4. Connecting staff with other elements of AISRAP and involving RAs in annual reports on Suicide in Queensland

Research Impacts

Data that Dr Stuart Leske published and shared with governments during the COVID-19 pandemic helped to avert public and media concerns that the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic would lead to large increases in suicide deaths.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychology, S.Qld
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Southern Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, Queensland University of Technology

Publications

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Publications

Journal Article

Other Outputs

  • Rivera-Gonzalez, Jennifer, Paton, Elizabeth, Wishart, Darren, Gai, Sheetal, Sheppard, Lily, Hassall, Kim, Gibson, Adam, Tay, Richard, Wilson, David, Wilson, Sally, Weir, Bridget, Leske, Stuart and Crompton, David (2023). Road Transport Suicide Prevention. Road Safety Sydney, Australia: Austroads.

  • Leske, Stuart, Adam, Ghazala, Catakovic, Amra, Weir, Bridget and Kõlves, Kairi (2022). Suicide in Queensland: annual report 2022. Brisbane, QLD Australia: Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention.

  • Leske, Stuart, Schrader, Ina, Adam, Ghazala, Catakovic, Amra, Weir, Bridget and Kõlves, Kairi (2022). Suicide in Queensland: annual report 2021. Brisbane, QLD Australia: Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention.

  • Stuart Leske, Ghazala Adam, Ina Schrader, Amra Catakovic, Bridget Weir and David Crompton (2020). Suicide in Queensland: Annual Report 2020. Brisbane, Queensland: Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University.

  • Leske, Stuart , Kõlves, Kairi and Crompton, David (2019). Suicide in Queensland: Annual Report 2019. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Griffith University.

  • Harris, Meredith, Pirkis, Jane, Diminic, Sandra, Baxter, Amanda, Reavley, Nicola, Leske, Stuart and Whiteford, Harvey (2014). Males' help-seeking for mental health: an update. East Melbourne, VIC, Australia: The Movember Foundation.