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Shih, Patti Dr

Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Health Engagement Evidence and Values (ACHEEV)

Overview


I am Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Health Engagement Evidence & Values (ACHEEV), and the Academic Program Director of the Bachelor with Honours Program at the School of Health & Society, University of Wollongong.  

I am a sociologist specialising in social and cultural aspects of healthcare and medicine. My current research focuses on public and consumer engagement in healthcare, such as health technologies and healthcare service policy and delivery. My research areas and interest include:

  • Consumer-oriented healthcare and health technologies and their implications for overdiagnosis and overtesting e.g. Direct-to-consumer (DTC) pathology tests (home self-tests, consumer-requested pathology); DTC wearable medical devices and consumer-facing 'software as medical devices' (e.g. smartwatch ECG and other digital health technologies). This program of research contributes towards the work of Wiser Healthcare collaboration, a four-university NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence aiming at reducing overdiagnosis and overtreatment in medicine.
  • Critical analysis of emerging participatory and empowerment discourses in the personalisation of medicine, e.g. P4 medicine (Preventative, predictive, personalised and participatory). This work continues my interest in the person and the self in the biopolitics of contemporary medicine.
  • Theorising health consumers engagement in policy-making: understanding the tension between 'lived experience' and 'representation' in consumer partnership in healthcare services (i.e. affected publics vs mini publics). This area of research intersects with my methodological interest in epistemology and the politics of patient and public participation.

My empirical and theoretical research is complemented by a strong methodological focus. Apart from an extensive background in qualitative research methods (critical ethnography, interviews, focus groups), I am currently developing new expertise and approaches in:

  • Deliberative democracy,
  • Co-design & co-research
  • Online research methods & interactive virtual platforms

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Research Methods: Qualitative, mixed methods, online research, deliberative methods
    • Social & structural determinants of health
    • Culture & health (e.g. CALD communities, cultural change, ethnography, race, critical cultural studies)
    • Gender, sexual & reproductive health (especially HIV, feminist theory)
    • Health in the digital sphere; health technologies
    • Theory based inquiries
    SUPERVISED COMPLETIONS

    Nia Luxton, PhD, Macquarie University 'Electronic cigarettes as a perioperative smoking cessation tool: Views of patients and clinicians in Australia ', Awarded 2019

    Tinny Hon, MRes, Macquarie University 'Are Australian fertility clinics selling non-evidence based interventions, and if so, is it an indication of financial conflicts of interest?' Awarded 2020

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy 'Learning from stories of family members of Vietnamese skilled migrants in Australia: healthcare experiences and expectations Nguyen, Nhi

Keywords


  • Public health; overdiagnosis; critical cultural studies; social determinants of health; culture and health; gender and sexual and reproductive health; sociology of health & illness; qualitative research methods; mixed methods research; deliberative methodology

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


    • Research Methods: Qualitative, mixed methods, online research, deliberative methods
    • Social & structural determinants of health
    • Culture & health (e.g. CALD communities, cultural change, ethnography, race, critical cultural studies)
    • Gender, sexual & reproductive health (especially HIV, feminist theory)
    • Health in the digital sphere; health technologies
    • Theory based inquiries
    SUPERVISED COMPLETIONS

    Nia Luxton, PhD, Macquarie University 'Electronic cigarettes as a perioperative smoking cessation tool: Views of patients and clinicians in Australia ', Awarded 2019

    Tinny Hon, MRes, Macquarie University 'Are Australian fertility clinics selling non-evidence based interventions, and if so, is it an indication of financial conflicts of interest?' Awarded 2020

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy 'Learning from stories of family members of Vietnamese skilled migrants in Australia: healthcare experiences and expectations Nguyen, Nhi

Keywords


  • Public health; overdiagnosis; critical cultural studies; social determinants of health; culture and health; gender and sexual and reproductive health; sociology of health & illness; qualitative research methods; mixed methods research; deliberative methodology
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