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Health Sociology Thematic Group



Meet the Health TG Co-Convenors:

Laetitia Coles is a Research Fellow at the Queensland Brain Institute. As a mixed-methods applied sociologist, she leads the Workforces component of the Thriving Queensland Kids Brain Builders Initiative (, and the project entitled Families in Focus: Amplifying the voices of children with disability and their families ( in collaboration with Queensland Children’s Hospital. She is committed to undertaking research that helps improve understandings of children’s care, educational, and clinical environments, with a specific focus on supporting those who care for and educate children. Dr Coles’ experience in multi-disciplinary research and in industry engagement underpins her strong track record in knowledge and research translation in both traditional and non-traditional research outputs.

Dr Coles completed her PhD in Sociology in 2020, looking at long work hours and fathers' engagement with children and caregiving – particularly focusing on the factors that facilitate participation in caregiving.

Miriam Dillon is in the final stages of her doctoral research at the School of Social Sciences, University of Queensland. Her research is positioned at the intersection of health sociology, sociology of emotions and physiotherapy, and explores distress in the care for people with chronic low back pain. Miriam is also an experienced physiotherapist, and is passionate about advocating for more integration of sociology perspectives into healthcare practice and research.

Zhaoxi Zheng is a sociologist, thanatologist, and award-winning higher education educator. He is currently a PhD candidate at School of Social Science and co-director at SocioHealthLab at the University of Queensland. Zhaoxi’s expertise includes the sociologies of childhood, death and dying, and higher education. In his current doctoral research, Zhaoxi uses child-led, art-based, and object-oriented post-qualitative methodologies to explore young children’s everyday realistic-and-imaginary encounters with death and dying. Zhaoxi’s contribution to sociological scholarship centres around his empirical, methodological, and philosophical innovations at the intersection of young children and death and dying. Seeking to queer knowledge production, Zhaoxi’s works are written, published, and performed in poetic, playful, and creative non-traditional academic styles.

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The Convenors of the Medical Section/Health Section of SAANZ/TASA.
The Convenors of the Medical Section/Health Section of SAANZ/TASA.
This list is a ‘work in progress piece’. If you have more information about any of our past convenors, please pass this information to TASA or the Health Section Convenor.
1967- Katy Richmond

1989 Evan Willis

1990 Jake Najman

1991 Alan Petersen and Charles Waddell.

1992 Section Convenors: ACT – Frank Hicks; NSW – Leonie Short; NT – John Mathews; Qld – Jake Najman; SA – Jane Shoebridge; Tas – Gary Easthope; Victorial – Helen Keleher; Western Australia - Charles Waddell.

1994 National Convenors: Liz Eckerman and Helen Keleher; Western Australia – Alan Petersen and Eileen Richardson; Tasmania – Gary Easthope; South Australia – Jane Edwards; ACT – Fran Collyer; NSW – Bethne Hart; Victoria – Liz Eckerman and Helen Keleher.

1996 National Convenor: Gary Easthope.

1998 Hossein Adibi (as stated in Nexus 1998, volume 10(3):16).

1999 National Convenor: Janice Chesters

2001 South Australia: Eileen Willis
Victoria: Chris King
Northern Territory: Gary Robinson
Queensland: Jake Najman
Tasmania: Gary Easthope

2004-5 Eileen Clark

2006 Bev McNamara

2007 Evan Willis and Kate Seear

2010 Fran Collyer (National Convenor)
New Zealand - Allison Kirkman

2011 Fran Collyer (National Convenor)
New Zealand - Allison Kirkman

2012 Fran Collyer (National Convenor)
New South Wales - Michelle Black
Tasmania - Karen Willis
Victoria - Claudia Slegers
New Zealand - Allison Kirkman

2013 Fran Collyer
New South Wales - Michelle Black and Natalya Godbold
Queensland – Marianne Wyder and Emma Kirby
Victoria – Petya Fitzpatrick
New Zealand - Allison Kirkman

Emma Kirby
Caragh Brosnan
Michelle Black
Fran Collyer

Alexandra Gibson
Sophie Lewis

Jacinthe Flore
Kiran Pienaar
Anthony Smith

Group Conveners:

Renae Fomiatti
La Trobe University

Adrian Farrugia
La Trobe University

Ann Lawless
Independent Scholar

Linda Marsden
Western Sydney University

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