Under construction: The social and cultural politics of hepatitis C in Australia

  • Research program: Ethnographic Research
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2008
  • Expected end date: December 2011
  • Completion date: June 2012
  • Funded by: ARC
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Hepatitis C is a relatively newly identified but heavily stigmatised disease. The key aim of this project is to investigate the ways in which this disease is being constituted medically, socially and culturally in Australia in order to develop insights into how it might be confronted both medically and socially without further stigmatising those affected by it.

The project will make a major contribution to knowledge about the social and cultural aspects of the prevention of hepatitis C, its management and treatment, and the lived experience of affected individuals. Its aim is to understand better how hepatitis C is conceptualised in Australia and how this informs the clinical encounter, the design and delivery of treatment, and the medical response to chronic symptoms. It will also shed light on how individuals understand and cope will their illness, how they view transmission prevention, and what strategies they use to manage their own health

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Principal Investigator: Suzanne Fraser, La Trobe University
  • Principal Investigator: Carla Treloar, University of New South Wales

Professor Suzanne Fraser
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Fraser, S. and Moore, D. (2011). Harm reduction and hepatitis C: On the ethics and politics of prevention and treatment. Addiction Research & Theory, 19, (4), pp. 375-379. DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2010.530716 [RJ716] View web page

Lenton, E., Fraser, S., Moore, D. and Treloar, C. (2011). Hepatitis C, love and intimacy: Beyond the 'anomalous' body. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 18, (3), pp. 228-236. DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2010.485939 [RJ713] View web page