Dr. Michael J. Leach is employed as a Data and Quality Specialist at the Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Service, which is located in a hospital setting. He is also a published epidemiologist, writer, poet and visual artist with a background in pharmacy and a keen interest in history. In terms of rehabilitation research, his work on quality of life at seven years post-stroke has been published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Michael’s poetry is published or forthcoming in the Medical Journal of Australia, Medical Humanities, The Galway Review, A New Ulster, The Haiku Journal, Pulse – Voices from the Heart of Medicine, and Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine.
Michael writes poetry to convey the poignancy and beauty that he perceives in life, be it in the present day or in the pages of history. His health-related poems arise out of an inclination to reflect on patient journeys and empathise with patients. Michael currently lives in his birthplace of Bendigo, Australia.
The Journal for the Humanities in Rehabilitation is a peer reviewed, multi-media journal using a collaborative model with rehabilitation professionals, patients and their families to gain a greater understanding of the human experience of disability through art, literature and narrative. The purpose of this interdisciplinary journal is to raise the consciousness and deepen the intellect of the humanistic relationship in the rehabilitation sciences.
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