The Project Team

The TIME project is being led by the University of South Australia, in partnership with Flinders University and Endeavour College. The members of the project team are listed below.

Dr Matthew Leach

Dr Marlene Wiese

Project Lead
Dr Matthew Leach is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia. He has made a significant contribution to the field of complementary and integrative health care (IHC) over the past decade, publishing more than 72 journal articles, 4 book chapters and a sole-authored textbook. Dr Leach is also a member of several journal editorial boards and government committees, and has been awarded almost $1 million in competitive research grant funding. He has contributed to the scholarship of the IHC field by debating the strengths and limitations of IHC, critically reviewing the evidence for IHC, and critiquing the various approaches to integrative health care. Dr Leach has also proposed novel approaches to facilitating the integration of complementary health care services into mainstream health care settings. Adding to this, Dr Leach has conducted substantive work in the related area of workforce planning. As well as possessing the necessary content expertise, Dr Leach has extensive experience in the design, implementation and analysis of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, surveys and clinical trials; experiences that are essential to understanding and leading this project.
Dr Marlene Wiese is an adjunct Research Fellow at the Flinders University of South Australia. She has extensive experience in the use of qualitative research methodologies and mixed methods approaches; she is also well experienced in research project management. Her PhD used a classic grounded theory approach to investigate the perceptions of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners to the uptake and practice of traditional medicine and its therapies by the mainstream health care sector. Dr Wiese has a strong understanding of designing and managing research projects in real world settings having conducted numerous research consultancies for external stakeholders, evaluating community-based health programs, and developing educational resources and evaluation tools for primary health care service providers. This is complemented by more than ten years of clinical experience as a health practitioner.

Mrs Tamara Agnew

Dr Manisha Thakkar

Tamara Agnew is a PhD candidate, lecturer and research assistant at the University of South Australia. Her PhD is examining the clinical effectiveness of essential oils and aromatherapy for the treatment of acne vulgaris. Through this work, Tamara has developed expertise in conducting systematic reviews, clinical trials and psychometric evaluations. Tamara holds a first class honours degree from Edinburgh Napier University where she studied Complementary Healthcare. Tamara has also published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, has written a book chapter, has been invited to write a textbook, and has reviewed articles for multiple scientific journals. She is passionate about integrative health care, in particular, building the evidence base for complementary and integrative medicine.
Dr Manisha Thakkar is a lecturer in biosciences at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. Dr Thakkar holds a Doctorate of homeopathy and Master in health science (Health service management), and has over 11 years of experience as a health practitioner. Her PhD examined the homoeopathic approach to acute disease. Through this and subsequent work, Dr Thakkar has developed expertise in the homeopathic treatment of acute and chronic conditions, and the nutritional approach for chronic conditions, with special interests in respiratory, skin and gynaecological disorders. Dr Thakkar’s main research interests are collaborative approaches to health, evidence-based practice, chronic asthma, skin disease, nutrition and obesity.