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Health Sociology Thematic Group



Meet the Health TG Co-Convenors:

Anthony KJ Smith is a Scientia PhD candidate at the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales. His research examines clinician perspectives on prescribing HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Australia, with a focus on the two distinctive contexts of New South Wales (NSW) and Western Australia (WA). The study uses a range of qualitative methods, including interviews, online story completion and observational fieldwork to allow for multiple lines of inquiry into different aspects of clinical prescribing. It includes an exploration of social norms in prescribing encounters, along with accounts from clinicians on the intricacies of prescribing PrEP. Anthony has published his work in leading international journals including Sociology of Health and Illness, and Health Sociology Review.

Dr Kiran Pienaar is a lecturer in Sociology at Deakin University. Before joining Deakin she was lecturer at La Trobe University, and before that a research fellow in Sociology at Monash University, where she retains an affiliate role. Kiran has a multidisciplinary background in Gender Studies, Sociology and Applied Linguistics. Her research explores connections between health, gender, sexuality and the body, with a particular interest in the sociopolitical dimensions of health, and the implications of particular health interventions for marginalised communities. Her research has appeared in leading journals including Social Science and Medicine; The International Journal of Drug Policy; Health; and Social Theory and Health. Her first book Politics in the Making of HIV/AIDS in South Africa was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.

Dr Jacinthe Flore is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. Her research focuses on the intersections of technology, health and society, and is situated in two interrelated areas: (1) the genealogy of psychiatric diagnoses, sexuality and medical techniques, and (2) pharmaceuticals, mental health and digital technology. Jacinthe's current work interrogates the nexus of digital technology, design and mental health, particularly artificial intelligence, wearable devices, wellbeing apps and fourth generation pharmaceuticals. She is the author of several articles published in international journals and her first monograph, A Genealogy of Appetite in the Sexual Sciences will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020. 

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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:


Anthony Smith

Kiran Pienaar
Deakin University
Jacinthe Flore 
RMIT University

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