Meet the Health TG Co-Convenors:

Dr Sophie Lewis, ARC DECRA Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow within the Practical Justice Initiative. Sophie is a health sociologist and qualitative researcher with a background in public health. Her research broadly focuses on sociological understandings of the experiences of living with long term conditions including cancer and obesity. Her current research looks at the ways people navigate the Australian healthcare system and make choices about public and private health service; how social interactions and social context enable people to manage chronic conditions; and the lived experience of advanced cancer.

Dr Paulina Billett, Lecturer, La Trobe University Bendigo

Dr Paulina Billett is a lecturer in Sociology at La Trobe University. Her research primarily centers on women’s issues. Her current work examines the impact of infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology on Women’s identity and intimate relationships as well as the impact of violence on young women’s lives. She has recently completed a book examining the impact of infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology on Women’s identity and intimate relationships with Dr Anne-Maree Sawyer for Palgrave Macmillan press.

Anthony K J Smith, Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney.

Anthony K J Smith is a Scientia Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. He is researching clinician perspectives of prescribing HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Anthony has a background in philosophy, feminist and queer thinking, and now enjoys qualitative research methods and sociology of medicine.









Marika Franklin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Allied Health, La Trobe University.

Marika Franklin is a PhD Candidate in Allied Health, at La Trobe University, due for completion in mid 2019. Marika‘s PhD examines how goals for self-management are shaped in interactions between people with chronic conditions and their health professionals. Marika‘s experience is in qualitative research from sociological and psychosocial perspectives in the social and health domains. She has a particular interest in person-centred care, self-management for people with chronic conditions and the needs of young people who have a sibling with a chronic illness or disability. Marika has a strong interest in research focused on understanding inequalities in healthcare to inform future changes in policy and healthcare.