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Dr Annemarie De Leo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3510
Campus: South West  

Annie is an Implementation Science research fellow (Post-doctoral) at the Nutrition & Health Innovation Research Institute in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.


Dr Annemarie (Annie) De Leo is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with more than 15 years of clinical experience as a nurse/midwife.  For the past 8 years, Annie has been working in the field of Implementation Science (IS), exploring ways to bridge the research-to-practice gap in healthcare.  Today, she is working with WACHS to improve access to evidence-based care (i.e., exercise and nutrition support) for all people living with cancer in regional Western Australia (WA).

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Australian College of Midwives
  • Member of the Australian Nurses Federation.

Research Areas and Interests

Participatory research, co-design, Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI), Implementation Science, Oncology services and Cancer.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2021.
  • Master of Midwifery Practice, Edith Cowan University, 2016.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Gray, M., Baker, M., De Leo, A. (2023). What do we know about midwives’ transition from clinical practice to higher education teaching roles? A scoping review. Nurse Education in Practice, 67(Feb 2023), article number 103531.
  • De Leo, A., Bloxsome, D., Bayes, S. (2023). Approaches To Clinical Guideline Development In Healthcare: A Scoping Review And Document Analysis. BMC Health Services Research, 23(1), article number 37.
  • De Leo, A., Doleman, G., Bloxsome, D. (2023). The impact of pandemics on healthcare providers' workloads: A scoping review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 79(12), 4434-4454.

Journal Articles

  • De Leo, A., Neesham, B., Bepete, N., Mukaro, A., Thapa Nepal, B., N'geno, C., Arawatta Muhandiramalage, T. (2022). Engaging in pre-conceptual care: An integrative review. British Journal of Midwifery, 30(11), 644-651.
  • Wissemann, K., Bloxsome, D., De Leo, A., Bayes, S. (2022). What are the benefits and challenges of mentoring in midwifery? An integrative review. Women's Health, 18(2022), 1-12.
  • Irvin, L., De Leo, A., Davison, C. (2022). Stand and deliver: an integrative review of the evidence around birthing upright. British Journal of Midwifery, 30(3), 172-177.

Journal Articles

  • De Leo, A., Bayes, S., Butt, J., Bloxsome, D., Geraghty, S. (2021). Midwifery leaders’ views on the factors considered crucial to implementing evidence-based practice in clinical areas. Women and Birth, 34(1), 22-29.
  • De Leo, A., Bayes, S., Bloxsome, D., Butt, J. (2021). Exploring the usability of the COM-B model and Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) to define the helpers of and hindrances to evidence-based practice in midwifery. Implementation Science, 2(1), Article number 7.

Journal Articles

  • Geraghty, S., Davison, C., De Leo, A., Bloxsome, D. (2020). Do midwifery International clinical placements influence students’ practice and employment decisions?. Women and Birth, 33(2), 199-204.

Journal Articles

  • De Leo, A., Bayes, S., Geraghty, S., Butt, J. (2019). Midwives' use of best available evidence in practice: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(23-24), 4225-4235.
  • Bayes, S., Juggins, E., Whitehead, L., De Leo, A. (2019). Australian midwives’ experiences of implementing practice change. Midwifery, 70(March 2019), 38-45.
  • Doleman, G., Geraghty, S., De Leo, A. (2019). Midwifery student's perceptions of caring for substance-using pregnant women. Nurse Education Today, 76(May 2019), 26-30.

Journal Articles

  • Lewis, L., Barnes, C., Roberts, L., Cook, N., Morris, S., De Leo, A., Hauck, Y. (2018). Women’s mobile phone use in birth suite: A West Australian perspective. Sexual and Reproductive HealthCare, 18(December 2018), 10-12.

Research Projects

  • The impact of the COVID-19 health pandemic on junior doctors and nurses' workloads - sub project of G1001207, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Grant, 2013 ‑ 2025, $18,274.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Midwifery (Research), Western Australian mothers' experiences of breastfeeding support in hospital after birth - A mixed methods study

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The co-development, implementation, and evaluation of a mentoring program for mid-career midwives
  • Master of Midwifery (Research), Developing Strategies to Support Midwives to Stay in the Profession: A Qualitative Descriptive Study
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