Researcher

Mr Anthony K J Smith

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

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

Biography

Anthony K J Smith is a Research Associate (Level A) at the Centre for Social Research in Health, employed on a 3-year postdoctoral position. In this position he is working on 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 other priority populations. Anthony has been at CSRH since 2018, where he has been conducting social...view more

Anthony K J Smith is a Research Associate (Level A) at the Centre for Social Research in Health, employed on a 3-year postdoctoral position. In this position he is working on 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 other priority populations. Anthony has been at CSRH since 2018, where he has been conducting social research on health, gender and sexuality, especially related to HIV prevention, surveillance, and clinical care; bioethics in HIV surveillance; and digital health. He uses qualitative methodologies, particularly interviews and thematic analysis.

Anthony is an Editorial Advisory Board member for Health Sociology Review (2020-present), a current member of the ACON Research Ethics Review Committee (2020-present) and is a member of the National Program Committee for the 2022 ASHM HIV & Sexual Health Conferences. Anthony has also been involved with The Australian Sociological Association, including as the Postgraduate Portfolio Leader (2020 - 2021), a member of the Postgraduate Sub-Committee (2019-2020), and a co-convener of the Health thematic group (2019-2021).

Anthony submitted his PhD thesis, 'PrEP in Practice: a sociology study of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis prescribing' in August 2022. He was supervised by Martin Holt, Bridget Haire, and Christy Newman, and he was the recipient of a Scientia PhD scholarship. His PhD investigated doctor and nurse perspectives of prescribing HIV PrEP in New South Wales and Western Australia. Through multiple qualitative methods, the study explored how clinicians engage with new areas of practice, as well as understanding how clinicians negotiate science, clinical guidelines, uncertainty, risk, and the complex lives of patients.

Anthony has also worked across a number of other projects, including:


My Qualifications

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


My Awards

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

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Videos

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
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