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Strategic Plans, Project Plans and Evaluation Services

Leah Stevenson (PhD)

Biography

Leah lives on the beautiful Atherton Tableland, Far North Queensland. She loves mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and camping with her family. She enjoys sharing her experiences as an avid outdoor enthusiast by writing magazine articles and blogs about the great outdoors and mountain biking skills development. Leah also has a passion for project planning and good evaluation processes. Leah has combined her interests and offers professional consultancy services to help the government sector and other organisations develop their outdoor recreation, tourism and community strategic plans and evaluation reports. 


Education

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Graduate Diploma Secondary Education (Biology)

Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion)

Cert IV Outdoor Recreation (Leadership)

Cert IV Trainer Assessor

Mountain biking instructor- MTBA & BICP.


Publications

1. Sharma R, Stevenson LC, Gribbins G, Jobling J, Bar-Zeev Y, Gould GS. Health providers’ and pregnant women’s perspectives about smoking cessation support: A COM-B analysis of a global systematic review of qualitative studies. BMC: Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 (1), 1-14. (Open Access)

2. Stevenson L, Allen T, Mendez D, Sellars D, Gould G. Is open defaecation in outdoor recreation and camping areas a public health issue in Australia? A review. Health Promotion Journal Australia. 2019 (Open Access)

3. Gould GS, Twyman L, Stevenson L, Gribbin GR, Bonevski B, Palazzi K, et al. What components of smoking cessation care during pregnancy are implemented by health providers: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2019;e026037. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026037.

4. Gould GS, Stevenson L, Bovill M, Oliva D, Keen J, Dimer L, Gruppetta M. “Building strength in coming together”: a mixed methods study using the arts to explore smoking with staff working in Indigenous tobacco control. Health Promotion Journal Australia. 2018 29(3), pp.293-303.

5. Stevenson L, Campbell S, Bohanna I, Gould GS, Robertson J, Clough A.R. Establishing Smoke-Free Homes in the Indigenous Populations of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States: A Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017, 14, 1382. doi:10.3390/ijerph14111382

6. Gould G, Stevenson L, Cadet-James Y, Clough A.R. Cultural challenges when developing anti-tobacco messages for Indigenous Australians. 2016. Australian Health Promotion Journal. daw072.

7. Robertson J, Stevenson LC, Usher S, Devine S, Clough A. A review of trends in Indigenous Australian tobacco research (from 2004 to 2013), its associated outputs and evidence of research translation reveals a ‘need for speed’ to enhance its impact. Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research 2015,17(8):1039-48 doi:10.1093/ntr/ntv018

8. Gould GS, Stevenson L, Cadet-James Y, Clough AR. Cultural challenges when developing anti-tobacco messages for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: qualitative responses to a national cross-sectional survey. In 15th Annual Meeting of the SRNT Europe. Santiago de Compostela, Spain: 15th Annual Meeting of the SRNT Europe. 2014.

9. Gould GS, Watt K, Cadet-James Y, Stevenson L, McEwan A, Clough AR. Getting it right: A national snapshot of anti-tobacco message development for Indigenous smokers in Australia. In Journal of Smoking Cessation (pp. 22). Sydney, NSW: Cambridge University. 2014. Press. doi:10.1017/jsc.2013.26

10. Stevenson L, Bohanna I, Robertson JA, Clough AR. Aboriginal people in remote communities in Arnhem Land (Northern Territory) restrict their smoking in some environments: Implications for developing and implementing interventions to reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2013;32(6):627-30. doi: 10.1111/dar/12070.

11. Gould GS, Watt K, Stevenson LC, McEwen A, Cadet-James Y, Clough AR. Developing anti-tobacco messages for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: evidence from a national cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health. 2014;14(1):250. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-250

12. Stevenson LC, Bohanna I, Robertson JA, Clough AR. Aboriginal people in remote communities in Arnhem Land (Northern Territory) restrict their smoking in some environments: Implications for developing and implementing interventions to reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2013;32(6):627-30. doi: 10.1111/dar/12070.

13. Gould GS, Watt K, Stevenson LC, McEwen A, Cadet-James Y, Clough AR. Developing anti-tobacco messages for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: evidence from a national cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health. 2014;14(1):250. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-250

14. Robertson J, Pointing BS, Stevenson LC, Clough AR. "We Made the Rule, We Have to Stick to It": Towards Effective Management of Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Remote Australian Aboriginal Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013;10(10):4944-66. doi:10.3390/ijerph1014944


Conference Journal Abstracts and Presentations

1. Stevenson L, Pabel A, Judd J, Law L, MacGregor C. The Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education 2020 Conference, Auckland, New Zealand 2020. Oral paper- Attitudes towards trail perferences and environmental management strategies in outdoor recreation areas: A comparison between resident and visiting trail users.

2. Stevenson L, Judd J, Pabel A, Law L, MacGregor C. International Health Promotion and Education Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand 2019. Oral paper- Sustainability and Health Promotion: a conceptual framework.

3. Stevenson L. Creating smoke-free homes with Indigenous populations: A review Ocieania Tobacco Control Conference, Perth, WA 2015.

4. Gould GS & Stevenson L. Expecting the unexpected- cultural challenges when developing Indigenous quit messages. Ocieania Tobacco Control Conference, Perth, WA 2015.

5. Stevenson L. Keynote speaker at Play For Life Forum- Cairns 2015. The value of play in early childhood and in life. Oral presenation.

6. Gould G, Bar-Zeev Y, Twyman L, Stevenson L, Palazzi K, Bonevski B. Health Professionals Performing the "5AS" for Smoking Cessation and Prescribing Nicotine Replacement Therapy During Pregnancy: Meta-Analysis of a Systematic Review. In Asia Pacific Journal of Oncology 2017;13:16. WILEY.

7. Gould GS, Stevenson L, Cadet-James Y, Clough AR. Expecting the unexpected - cultural challenges when developing Indigenous quit messages. In Oceania Tobacco Control Conference (pp. 56). Perth, WA: Cancer Council of WA. 2015.

8. Gould GS, Stevenson L, Cadet-James Y, Clough AR. Cultural challenges when developing anti-tobacco messages for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: qualitative responses to a national cross-sectional survey. In 15th Annual Meeting of the SRNT Europe. Santiago de Compostela, Spain: 15th Annual Meeting of the SRNT Europe. 2014.

9. Gould GS, Watt K, Cadet-James Y, Stevenson L, McEwan A, Clough AR. Getting it right: A national snapshot of anti-tobacco message development for Indigenous smokers in Australia. In Journal of Smoking Cessation (pp. 22). Sydney, NSW: Cambridge University. 2014. Press. doi:10.1017/jsc.2013.26

10. Gould GS, Watt K, Cadet-James Y, Stevenson L, McEwen A, Clough AR. Getting it Right - A national snapshot of anti-tobacco message development for Indigenous smokers in Australia. In Oceania Tobacco Control Conference (pp. 64). Auckland, NZ: Oceania Tobacco Control Conference. 2013.

11. Kumar, R, Stevenson, L, Jobling, J, Gribbins, G, Bar-Zeev, Y, & Gould, G. Views of smoking cessation support available to pregnant women: A COM-B analysis of a systematic review of qualitative studies. Runner up for Best Conference Poster. Society for Research into Nicotine and Tobacco Europe 19th Annual Conference. Oslo: SRNT 12-14 Sept 2019

12. Gould GS, Stevenson L. Arts therapy to create and deepen the understanding of health promotion messages for health inequities. Workshop: International Union for Health Promotion and Education, Rotorua, NZ, 8-12 April 2019

13. Gould GS, Bar-Zeev Y, Twyman T, Stevenson L, Palazzi K, Bonevski B. Health providers’ performance of the 5AS for smoking cessation care during pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), San Francisco, United States, 20-23 February 2019

14. Gould GS, Bar-Zeev Y, Twyman T, Stevenson L, Palazzi K, Bonevski B. Health providers’ performance of the 5AS for smoking cessation care during pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), San Francisco, United States, 20-23 February 2019

15. Gould GS, Stevenson L, Bovill M, Oliva D, Keen J, Dimer L, Gruppetta M. “Building strength in coming together”: exploring Indigenous tobacco smoking with health staff through art. Poster Presentation: 2017. 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation co-hosted with Lowitja Institute, Brisbane. 14-15 November.

16. Gould GS, Bar-Zeev Y, Twyman L, Stevenson L, Palazzi K, Bonevski B. A global snapshot of health professionals asking and advising about smoking during pregnancy. Oral Presentation: 2017. Oceania Tobacco Control Conference, Hobart, Tasmania. 17-19 October

17. Gould GS, Stevenson L, Cadet-James Y, & Clough AR. Expecting the unexpected - cultural challenges when developing Indigenous quit messages. 2015. In Oceania Tobacco Control Conference (pp. 56). Perth, WA: Cancer Council of WA. Available from https://www.cancerwa.asn.au/resources/2015-12-07-OTCC-2015-Full-Program.pdf

18. Gould GS, Stevenson, L, Cadet-James, Y, & Clough, A. R. (2014). Cultural challenges when developing anti-tobacco messages for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: qualitative responses to a national cross-sectional survey. In 15th Annual Meeting of the SRNT Europe. Presentation from abstract. Santiago de Compostela, Spain: 15th Annual Meeting of the SRNT Europe.

19. Gould, GS, Watt, K, Cadet-James, Y, Stevenson, L, McEwen, A, & Clough, A. R. (2013). Getting it Right - A national snapshot of anti-tobacco message development for Indigenous smokers in Australia. Presentation from abstract. In Oceania Tobacco Control Conference (pp. 64). Auckland, NZ: Oceania Tobacco Control Conference.


PhD research project

Leah's PhD research project aimed to improve the management of outdoor recreation areas near townships by identifying key social, economic and environmental approaches most relevant to outdoor recreation.


The research project included developing an integrated sustainability, health promotion, and leisure research framework for the outdoor recreation setting. The project involved applying this framework to a case study area to better understand how to balance community needs with tourism. The case study area was the walking, mountain biking trails and multi-use trails in Herberton Range State Forest and Baldy Mountain State Reserve near the township of Atherton, QLD, Australia. The project comprising three studies: first, a trail user study exploring attributes and attitudes of trail users; second, a community study identifying community attitudes towards adventure and special interest tourism; the third, an environmental study monitoring trail use and for trail sustainability. 




Off Camber Mountain Biking

Leah also owns Off Camber Mountain Biking on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland. As a mountain biking coach, Leah sees first-hand mountain biking trail user behaviour and how this can affect the sustainability of trails. She also uses the opportunity to discuss low impact outdoor recreation with her clients. Leah loves coaching her clients because she understands the importance of healthy living by staying physically active, achieving personal goals, and spending time in nature. www.offcamber.com.au