Researcher

Dr Anthony K J Smith

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Sociology, Health services and systems, Sociology of health, Sexualities

Biography

I specialise in social research in the field of HIV prevention and sexual health. I am a qualitative health researcher and sociologist and have worked at the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) since 2018, where I completed my PhD (2018-2022). I am currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at CSRH. In this role I work as a project coordinator within the NSW PRISM project to investigate HIV stigma amongst gay and bisexual men, and...view more

I specialise in social research in the field of HIV prevention and sexual health. I am a qualitative health researcher and sociologist and have worked at the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) since 2018, where I completed my PhD (2018-2022). I am currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at CSRH. In this role I work as a project coordinator within the NSW PRISM project to investigate HIV stigma amongst gay and bisexual men, and on an NHMRC-funded project exploring how to expand the Gay Community Periodic Survey to priority populations. In addition to working at CSRH, I am an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Curtin School of Population Health, and an associate of the Australian Human Rights Institute (UNSW).

My program of research is primarily focused on how communities and health professionals engage with HIV prevention, care, and surveillance. My research aims to better shape health policy, care, and service delivery that recognises, affirms, and supports individuals and communities to live well. I particularly focus on LGBTQ+ populations, especially gay and bisexual men, along with community-based organisations and professionals serving these populations. Beyond a focus on HIV, sexual health, and LGBTQ+ communities, I am interested in the sociology of health and illness, pharmaceutical studies, critical public health, data justice, science & technology studies, and the sociology of gender and sexuality.

I am currently involved in the following projects:

 

My past research projects include:


My Grants

Principal Investigator - $75k Triple I Clinical Academic Group Seed Grant Funding (UNSW Medicine & Health) - Responding to monkeypox virus (RE:MPXV): a qualitative study of community and professional experiences


My Qualifications

PhD, UNSW Sydney
GradCert Human Rights (with distinction), Curtin University.
BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing, Murdoch University.
BA Philosophy and BA Theatre & Drama, Murdoch University.


My Awards

UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship (2018-2022)
ASHM Early Career Award (2020)
ADA HDR Research Output Award (2020-2022)


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

  • Social research in HIV/sexual health
  • Sociology of health & illness, gender, and/or sexuality
  • Qualitative health research

Currently supervising

Currently supervising:

  • Shannon Harvey: Disrupted bodies: Interrogating the gender binary in family violence policy and practice

My Engagement

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Videos

Seminar presented on the 30th May 2023 at the Kirby Institute Seminar Series.


Establishing effective routines of taking medication requires ongoing effort amidst the variabilities of everyday life. Drawing on 40 qualitative interviews with Australian PrEP users (who used a variety of dosing strategies, including daily and on-demand), we conceptualise PrEP dosing as a domestic practice, involving routines, planning, and experimentation. This presentation offers insights into how people can be better supported to use PrEP.
Seminar summarising findings from the 'my health, our family' project presented by Anthony K J Smith, Christy Newman, and Kerryn Drysdale on 20 July 2022 at the virtual Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) seminar series.
Presentation given at 2020 Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences: Virtual, exploring how Australian clinicians approach prescribing HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV-negative people in the context of serodiscordant relationships. Anthony was awarded an ASHM Early Career Award (Social, Political & Cultural Aspects Theme) for this presentation.
Seminar about PrEP access, problematising evidence and equity presented by Christy Newman, Martin Holt and Anthony K J Smith on 4 December 2019 at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney.

Seminar Details: https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/centre-social-research-health/events/seminar-christy-newman-martin-holt-anthony-k-j-smith
Making PrEP work: understanding drug adherence as a domestic practice
Family is complicated: What does this mean for supporting families and people living with HIV, hepatitis C, or hepatitis B?
Prescribing PrEP for ‘peace of mind’ in the context of serodiscordant relationships
Beyond PrEParing: equitable access, problematising evidence, and mainstreaming the implementation of PrEP in Australia