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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, Treloar, Moore, Edwards, Birbilis, Lived experiences of treatment for hepatitis C in Australia. ARC Discovery Project (2020 – 21, total: $355,501)
• Seear, Fraser, Valentine, Farrugia, Edwards, Jeffcote, Addressing hepatitis C-related discrimination in a post-cure world. ARC Discovery Project (2020 – 22, total: $560,286)
• 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
• Fraser, Farrugia, Moore, Edwards. South West Sydney Drug Health Services grant. Assertive youth outreach in SWSLHD: Program and participant aims, priorities and outcomes, 2018-19: $50,000
• Fraser, Farrugia, Edwards and Hocking. South West Sydney Drug Health Services grant. Lived experiences of stigma and discrimination among SWSLHD drug health service users: a qualitative study, 2018: $50,000
• Fraser, Fomiatti, Edwards and Hocking. South West Sydney Drug Health Services grant. ‘Experiences of heavy alcohol consumption and dependence in SWS: A new module for Livesofsubstance.org, 2018: $50,000
• Fraser, S. Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (WA) Grant, 2017: $18,686
• Fraser, S. Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (WA) Grant, 2016: $17,549
• Treloar, C., Fraser, S., Bryant, J. and Booker, N. Technical Review of Hepatitis C Health Promotion Resources. NSW Health Department Project Grant, 2010: $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: $30,000
• Treloar, C., Bryant, J., Fraser, S. and Hopwood, M. Hepatitis C surveillance. NSW Health Department Project Grant, 2007 – 2008: $295,474

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.
Suzanne has successfully supervised the following HDR students to completion:

Eliana Sarmiento (PhD) - Australian drg courts - Co-supervision with Kate Seear
Elizabeth Normand (MPhil) - Marginalised young people and experiences of alcohol and other drug use and 'addiction' - Main supervisor with Robyn Dwyer
Renae Fomiatti (PhD) - The new recovery - Co-supervision with David Moore
Adrian Farrugia (PhD) - Young men and Australian drug education - Main supervisor with David Moore
Kenneth Yates (PhD) - Harm reduction and new materialisms - Associate supervisor with Carla Treloar
Nicola Thomson (PhD) - Methamphetamine use and service utilisation - Co-supervision with David Moore
Kiran Pienaar (PhD)- The Politics of HIV in post-apartheid South Africa - Main supervisor with Steven Angelides
Emily Lenton (MA) - Hepatitis C, gender and sexuality in Australia - Main supervisor with Jo Lindsay
Neeti Aryal Khanal (MA) - The cradle and the gun: Nepali women in armed conflict - Co-supervision with JaneMaree Maher
Karolyne Quinn (PhD) - The body in talk therapy - Co-supervision with JaneMaree Maher


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