Leon Straker

National Keynote Speaker, Occupational Health

Professor, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University

    Leon is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University and Scientific Director of the multigenerational, longitudinal cohort Raine Study. He has degrees in Physiotherapy, Ergonomics/Human Factors and Occupational Medicine and has held two National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowships.

    The bulk of Leon’s clinical experience has been in paediatrics and occupational health. He is internationally known for his research on prevention, focused on how evolving technology has changed the occupational and leisure activity of children and adults and thus their physical and mental health. He has published over 270 peer-reviewed journal papers which have been cited over 11,000 times.

    Leon is ranked #1 nationally and #6 globally for publications on ‘children’ & ‘technology’; and #6 nationally and #12 globally on ‘sedentary behaviour’ & ‘work’. He has delivered 33 international or national keynote addresses in Canada, USA, UK, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates. Recent examples of his translation of research into policy and practice to enhance health include establishment of occupational sedentary behaviour as a work hazard recognized by WorkSafe Australia and guidance published by Early Childhood Australia for educators and carers on wise use of technology by young children.