Dr Anthony Smith
Research Associate

Dr Anthony 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 am 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 priority populations.

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, particularly 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, and the sociology of gender and sexuality.

I am currently involved in the following projects:

My past research projects include:

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  • Journal articles | 2023
    Holt M; MacGibbon J; Smith AKJ; Broady TR; Davis MDM; Newman CE, 2023, 'Knowledge of Australia’s My Health Record and factors associated with opting out: Results from a national survey of the Australian general population and communities affected by HIV and sexually transmissible infections', PLOS Digital Health, vol. 2, pp. e0000200 - e0000200, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pdig.0000200
    Journal articles | 2023
    Smith AKJ; Davis MDM; MacGibbon J; Broady TR; Ellard J; Rule J; Cook T; Duck-Chong E; Holt M; Newman CE, 2023, 'Engaging Stigmatised Communities in Australia with Digital Health Systems: Towards Data Justice in Public Health', Sexuality Research and Social Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13178-023-00791-6
    Journal articles | 2022
    Davis MDM; Schermuly A; Smith AKJ; Newman C, 2022, 'Diversity via datafication? Digital patient records and citizenship for sexuality and gender diverse people', BioSocieties, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41292-022-00277-5
    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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459320946469
    Journal articles | 2022
    Valentine K; Smith A; Persson A; Gray R; Bryant J; Hamilton M; Wallace J; Drysdale K; Newman CE, 2022, 'The freighted social histories of HIV and hepatitis C: Exploring service providers' perspectives on stigma in the current epidemics', Medical Humanities, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/medhum-2022-012382
    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, http://dx.doi.org/10.31128/AJGP-05-20-5454
    Journal articles | 2021
    Grant R; Smith AKJ; Newett L; Nash M; Turner R; Owen L, 2021, 'Tasmanian healthcare professionals' & students' capacity for LGBTI + inclusive care: A qualitative inquiry', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 29, pp. 957 - 966, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13130
    Journal articles | 2021
    Molldrem S; Hussain MI; Smith AKJ, 2021, 'Open science, COVID-19, and the news: Exploring controversies in the circulation of early SARS-CoV-2 genomic epidemiology research', Global Public Health, vol. 16, pp. 1468 - 1481, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2021.1896766
    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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2020.1868900
    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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JNC.0000000000000219
    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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH20208
    Journal articles | 2021
    Smith AKJ; Newman CE; Haire B; Holt M, 2021, 'Clinician imaginaries of HIV PrEP users in and beyond the gay community in Australia', Culture, Health & Sexuality, pp. 1 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2021.1957152
    Journal articles | 2021
    Smith AKJ; Persson A; Drysdale K; Bryant J; valentine K; Wallace J; Hamilton M; Gray RM; Newman CE, 2021, 'Family imaginaries in the disclosure of a blood-borne virus', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 43, pp. 1422 - 1436, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13316
    Journal articles | 2020
    Molldrem S; Smith AKJ, 2020, 'Reassessing the Ethics of Molecular HIV Surveillance in the Era of Cluster Detection and Response: Toward HIV Data Justice', American Journal of Bioethics, vol. 20, pp. 10 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2020.1806373
    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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12967
    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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2019.1703781
  • 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

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