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James Leigh


MSc Candidate

James is a medical doctor and Rhodes scholar from Perth, Western Australia. He is interested in researching medical innovations to improve access to quality healthcare in rural and remote Australia, along with neighbouring low and middle-income countries. In particular, James is interested in the implementation of machine learning technologies to diagnose diabetic retinopathy, including the human factors which influence the adoption of such technologies.

James has published multiple papers relating to rural and remote health; peri-operative medicine; COVID-19 and has presented at several state and national conferences. He also attended the World Health Assembly in Geneva, hosted by the United Nations as an Australian Youth Representative in 2019. In this role he completed a policy fellowship regarding food insecurity and diabetes mitigation in remote Australian communities. During medical school James also co-founded Western Australia's first student-led research collaborative, STRIVE WA, which is one of the largest nationwide. During medical school James was recognised for academic, leadership, community and sport contributions as a dual scholarship recipient, receiving the Don Watts High Achiever and Global Voices scholarships.