Medical Humanities Unit academics



Dr Estelle Noonan, Lecturer and Co-ordinator of the Medical Humanities Program
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T: 02 9036 3413

Dr Noonan is the current Medical Humanities Program co-ordinator, replacing Dr Claire Hooker while she is on maternity leave during Semester 2, 2011 and Semester 1, 2012. Please contact her with respect to any enquiries you may have.



Dr Claire Hooker, Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator of the Medical Humanities Program (currently on maternity leave).
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Dr Hooker was appointed to her position in May 2007, after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. Her PhD (University of Sydney) was a study of the history of women’s experiences in Australian science, which led to an interest in public health, medicine, history and museums. Dr Hooker worked on a collaborative project at the Powerhouse Museum, exploring the history of public health in Australia, focussing on how major disease prevention policies like immunisation and pasteurisation were accomplished. From this project, she went on to work extensively in public health, turning to contemporary sociological research methods to explore a range of risk issues from SARS to hazards in drinking water. Dr Hooker has just returned from several years in Canada pursuing these questions under a NHMRC Sidney Sax Postdoctoral Fellowship.



Associate Professor Jill Gordon
MB BS, BA, MPsychMed PhD FRACGP FACPsychMed


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T: 0410 401 994

Professor Gordon is based at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. Until the end of 2003, she was Associate Dean for Medical Education and Head of the Department of Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and continues to hold honorary appointments in the Office for Teaching and Learning and the Northern Clinical School.