Prof Leslie has worked in critical care for almost 40 years. He was founding president of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses (now Australian College of Critical Care Nurses) and is a life member of ACCCN. Prof Leslie was editor-in-chief of Australian Critical Care (2000-2016). He has been involved in research grants investigating adverse events after ICU discharge, fluid management and renal replacement therapies, pressure area prevention, wound management, rehabilitation of survivors of critical illness, enteral feeding and rapid response systems and care.
Prof Leslie joined Edith Cowan University in 2000 as the inaugural joint appointment in Critical Care Nursing after working in education, clinical practice, administration, and research roles in health care. He joined Curtin University in 2007 and has since been appointed as Professor of Critical Care Nursing and Director of Graduate Research whilst continuing his appointment and clinical research with Royal Perth Hospital till 2016. He developed the Master of Clinical Nursing at both ECU and Curtin and had a key role in supporting the development of the Paramedicine programme at Curtin University. He has published over 140 peer reviewed articles and journal editorials, 5 book chapters, has over $3.8M in research grants and postdoctoral fellowships