Mr Anthony K J Smith
Research Associate

Mr Anthony K J Smith

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.

Arts,Design & Architecture
Centre for Social Research in Health

I specialise in social research in the field of HIV prevention and sexual health. I'm a qualitative health researcher and sociologist and have worked at the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) since 2018, where I successfully 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 other priority populations.

My program of research is primarily focused on how communities and health professionals engage with HIV prevention, care, and surveillance. My research explores how the social and cultural dimensions shaping people's everyday lives can be better recognised, affirmed, and supported in health policy and care. My work is particularly focused on LGBTQ+ populations, particularly gay and bisexual men, along with community-based organisations and professionals serving these communities. Beyond a focus on HIV, sexual health, and LGBTQ+ communities, I am interested in the sociology of health and illness and pharmaceutical studies.

I am currently involved in the following projects:

My past research projects include:

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  • Journal articles | 2022
    Bryant J; Smith AKJ; Persson A; Valentine K; Drysdale K; Wallace J; Hamilton M; Newman CE, 2022, 'Logics of control and self-management in narratives of people living with HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B', Culture, Health and Sexuality, pp. 1 - 16,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Persson A; Smith AKJ; Wallace J; valentine K; Bryant J; Hamilton M; Newman CE, 2022, 'Understanding ‘risk’ in families living with mixed blood-borne viral infection status: The doing and undoing of ‘difference’', Health (United Kingdom), vol. 26, pp. 284 - 301,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Grant R; Nash M; Newett L; Smith AKJ; Turner R; Owen L, 2021, 'Health practitioner and student attitudes to caring for transgender patients in Tasmania', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 50, pp. 416 - 421,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Newman CE; Smith AKJ; Duck-Chong E; Vivienne S; Davies C; Robinson KH; Aggleton P, 2021, 'Waiting to be seen: social perspectives on trans health', Health Sociology Review, vol. 30, pp. 1 - 8,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Smith A; Holt M; Haire B; Newman C, 2021, 'Issues Associated With Prescribing HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Anxiety: A Qualitative Analysis of Australian Providers' Views', Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, vol. 32, pp. 94 - 104,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Smith AKJ; Haire B; Newman CE; Holt M, 2021, 'Challenges of providing HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis across Australian clinics: qualitative insights of clinicians', Sexual Health, vol. 18, pp. 187 - 194,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Holt M; Newman CE; Lancaster K; Smith AK; Hughes S; Truong H-HM, 2019, 'HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and the ‘problems’ of reduced condom use and sexually transmitted infections in Australia: a critical analysis from an evidence-making intervention perspective', Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 41, pp. 1535 - 1548,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Smith AKJ; Holt M; Hughes SD; Truong H-HM; Newman CE, 2019, 'Troubling the non-specialist prescription of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): the views of Australian HIV experts', Health Sociology Review, vol. 29, pp. 1 - 14,
  • Working Papers | 2022
    MacGibbon J; Cornelisse V; Smith A; Broady T; Hammoud M; Bavinton B; Paynter H; Vaughan M; Wright E; Holt M, 2022, Monkeypox knowledge, concern, willingness to change behaviour, and seek vaccination: Results of a national cross-sectional survey, http://dx.doi.org10.1101/2022.12.01.22282999
  • Reports | 2020
    Newman C; MacGibbon J; Smith AKJ; Broady T; Lupton D; Davis M; Bear B; Bath N; Comensoli D; Cook T; Duck-Chong E; Ellard J; Kim J; Rule J; Holt M, 2020, Understanding trust in digital health among communities affected by BBVs and STIs in Australia, UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health, Sydney,

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

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

My Research Supervision

Currently supervising:

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