Dr Uchechukwu Levi Osuagwu

Levi OsuagwuPosition

Postdoc in Diabetes Prevention & Integrated Care, SoM


Levi is an Optometrist and Public health researcher, with broad expertise in epidemiology and health promotion at a population level. Levi focusses on the early detection, prevention and management of chronic diseases including diabetes and obesity within high-risk populations through improving access to healthcare among these individuals and community outreach programmes in marginalised communities.

Levi began working at Western Sydney University in 2018 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Diabetes and Integrated Care and most recently, was appointed the student coordinator for DOMTRU with the School of Medicine and Translational Health Research Institute. Working with Prof David Simmons, Levi coordinates the Tongan GDM Taskforce, recently the completed 25 years audit of General practices across Auckland Auckland, New Zealand and serves as the Field coordinator for the Pasifika Preventing Diabetes Programme (PPDP), an NHMRC funded lifestyle intervention programme.

Levi undertook a Doctor of Optometry (OD, Abia State University, Nigeria), before working in private and public sectors. Moving to Saudi Arabia, Levi worked as a Research Assistant coordinating various small and large scale funded research projects with Corneal Research Centre projects at King Saud University Riyadh. He was involved in the early design of the Schools’ OD programme curriculum and subsequent accreditation. After graduating with a Distinction in MSc from Aston University, UK, Levi moved to Australia and was awarded a PhD from Queensland University of Technology in 2017. Throughout his PhD, Levi continued to work on several collaborative projects across the globe, led the Optical Society of America Student Chapter as  President as well as teaching various health courses within and outside the School of Optometry. Levi’s PhD focused on improving the peripheral vision of humans with emphasis on early detection and prevention of Myopia, a leading Public health issue.

At Western Levi teaches in the Person Centred Diabetes Programme, and coordinates local and international projects for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Translational Research Unit (DOMTRU) as well as serving as the student coordinator for DOMTRU. He is also the Convenor of two research groups - the African Translational Research Group and Center for Eye Care and Public Health Intervention Initiative (CEPHII), which are a group of African researchers from across the world who are committed to promote and facilitate the conduct and dissemination of quality research from Africa.

Levi’s current focus is on health promotion specifically in the older population and finding innovative ways for early detection, prevention and management of potential eye blinding diseases such as diabetes.

Research Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Chronic Disease
  • Eye Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Ageing
  • Global Health
  • Indigenous health

Qualifications & Recognition

  • Western Sydney University, Deputy Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research 2019
  • Lion Club Community Award for health promotion, 2019
  • QUT write up scholarship 2017
  • Best Poster Presentation, The Optical Society 2016
  • Optical Society Centennial Grant award 2016
  • QUT HDR Tuition fee scholarship, Faculty of health scholarship 2014
  • PhD Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • MSc Aston University, UK
  • Dip National Career Institute, Australia
  • OD Abia State University, Nigeria

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Email L.Osuagwu@westernsydney.edu.au
Telephone +61 401 193 234
Location Macarthur Clinical School, Campbelltown NSW