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Professor Suzanne Fraser Director, ARCSHS, Aust Res Ctr Sex Hlth&Soc

Professor Suzanne Fraser is Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. She is also visiting Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales. Suzanne's PhD is in Gender Studies, and her research focuses on the body, gender, health and the self.

Suzanne is the author of a number of books on the body and health in society and culture. Her most recent book is entitled Habits: Remaking addiction, co-authored with David Moore and Helen Keane, and her previous works cover a range of topics. Her first book, Cosmetic Surgery, Gender and Culture, was based on her PhD research. Later books focused on methadone maintenance treatment (Substance and substitution: Methadone subjects in liberal societies, with kylie valentine, 2008), hepatitis C (Making disease, making citizens: The politics of hepatitis C, with Kate Seear, 2011) and vanity, the body and the self Vanity: 21st century selves (with Claire Tanner and JaneMaree Maher, 2013). She has also co-edited a collection of essays on drugs and addiction (The drug effect: Health, crime and society, with David Moore, 2011).

Suzanne's main research projects at present are two Australian Research Council-funded studies, one exploring injecting practices and harm reduction needs among men who inject performance and image enhancing drugs, and the other investigating impediments to the uptake and diffusion in Australia of take-home naloxone, the opioid overdose medication known to save lives. She is also research lead for South Western Sydney Local Health District Drug Health Services, and is currently collaborating with DHS on a range of social research projects exploring lived experiences of drug use and drug treatment.

Suzanne's refereed journal editorial roles are:
• Associate Editor, Contemporary Drug Problems
• Associate Editor, Addiction
• Editorial Board Member:
o International Journal of Drug Policy
o Addiction Research & Theory
o Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy

Suzanne's research has been funded by a range of grants from university, government and national competitive sources.

National competitive grants
• Fraser, Dwyer, Dietze, Neale and Strang, Understanding the impediments to uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone. ARC Discovery Project (2017 – 19, total: $502,500)
• Fraser, Moore,Seear, Aitken and Stanton, Understanding performance and image enhancing drug injecting in Australia. ARC Discovery Project (2017 – 19, total: $472,000)
• Fraser, Kokanovic, Moore, Treloar and Dunlop, Experiences of addiction, treatment and recovery: An online resource. ARC Discovery Project (2014 – 16, total: $499,000)
• Fraser, Analysing and comparing concepts of addiction for improved social and health outcomes in Australia. ARC Future Fellowship (2012 – 2015, total: $703,000)
• Treloar, Fraser, Bryant and Rhodes, Understanding and preventing hepatitis C transmission in sexual partnerships. NHMRC Project Grant (2012 – 2014, total: $370,940)
• Fraser, Wright, Maher and Petersen, Improving Australia’s response to childhood obesity: Prevention education and its impact on mothers and families. ARC Discovery Grant (2011 – 2012, total: $90,000)
• Fraser, Treloar and Moore, Under construction: the social and cultural politics of hepatitis C. ARC Discovery Grant (2008 – 2010, total: $95,000)
• Kippax, Wodak, Treloar and Fraser, Comparing the role of takeaways in methadone maintenance treatment in NSW and Victoria, NHMRC Project Grant (2004 – 2006, total: $295,125)

Public sector grants
• Treloar, C., Fraser, S., Bryant, J. and Booker, N. Technical Review of Hepatitis C Health Promotion Resources. NSW Health Department Project Grant (2010, total: $52,547)
• Treloar, C., Bryant, J. and Fraser, S. Injecting practice among heterosexual hepatitis C sero-discordant couples. South East Sydney Area Health Service Project Grant. (2008, total: $30,000)
• Treloar, C., Bryant, J., Fraser, S. and Hopwood, M. Hepatitis C surveillance. NSW Health Department Project Grant. (2007 – 2008, total: $295,474)

Supervision
Suzanne welcomes supervision opportunities in the body, gender, drug use and health, disease and wellbeing. Her theoretical interests include feminist theories of the body and subjectivity, science and technology studies, and governmentality theory. She is experienced in a wide range of qualitative research methods, and has successfully supervised projects in areas as diverse as HIV in South Africa, hepatitis C, the body in psychotherapy, and childbirth and maternity in war.

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