Dr Claire Hooker

Senior Lecturer, Health & Medical Humanities, Centre for Values, Ethics & the Law in Medicine (VELiM), Sydney School of Public Health
Leader, Ethics and Politics of Infection Node, Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Disease and Biosecurity (MBI)

Telephone +61 2 9036 3413

Website Medical Humanities Program
Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine
Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Disease and Biosecurity (MBI)
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Biographical details

Dr Claire Hooker is a long-standing academic member of the Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicineand coordinator of the Health & Medical Humanities Program at the University of Sydney, Sydney School of Public Health.

Claire’s research focuses on four areas of expertise:

1) Politics, ethics and history of infection control, with a particular interest in risk perception and communication in social responses to infection.

2) Experiences of medicine and health care, with a particular focus on doctor as well as patient narratives, and on workplace communication, civility and collegial communication and interaction in hospitals and health care facilities.

3) Arts and health, with a particular focus on community-based health initiatives and research

4) Medical humanities and health humanities more generally.

Since September 2014, Claire leads the newly established Node The Politics and Ethics of Infection at the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity. The Node is composed of scholars working in areas such as tuberculosis, hospital acquired infections, influenza, vaccination, antibiotic resistance, zoonoses and One Health. It provides a platform for academic exchange on the politics and ethics of infection - across a broad professional spectrum, and with interdisciplinary perspectives. She is also inaugural Chair of the Arts and Health Leadership group NSW and ACT for the Institute of Creative Health.

Claire has published widely in the literature including 3 books, 11 book chapters and 32 peer-reviewed journal articles. Most of her work is now available open access via the Sydney eScholarship Repository.

Research interests

Health humanities, Medical humanities
Politics and ethics of infection
Doctor and patient experiences of health care
Micro ethics of healthcare communication
Arts and health

Teaching and supervision

Claire loves teaching; she has taught courses in medieval and modern social history, the history of medicine, science studies, scientific constructions of sex and gender, qualitative research, health policy, bodies on display in museums, dignity, narrative, literature and ethics, public health ethics, and medicine and war. She regularly teaches clinicians, medical students and others with special interests in the health and medical humanities.
Claire currently coordinates three main units of study:
  • BMRI5001 History and Philosophy of Brain and Mind
  • PUBH5422 Health and Risk Communication
  • BETH5207 Arts and Health

Current projects

Grace Under Pressure: Using theatre skills workshops to enhance professional clinical performance;
Strengthening frontline clinicians’ infection control: A multimethod study to reduce MRSA infection and transmission;
A revision of medical empathy;
A micro ethics of clinical communication

Awards and honours

Max Kelly Medal, year awarded: 2000

In the media

Hooker, C & Kimberley I. 2015, Medicine needs to swallow a bitter pill for a healthier future, The Conversation, 13 Mar 2015; republished on 17 Mar 2015 as 'Boys club' needs to swallow a bitter pill in 6Minutes, a daily newsletter sent to Australian GPs and other healthcare professionals.

Hooker, C., & Leask J., 2014, Listen up, health officials – here’s how to reduce ‘Ebolanoia’The Conversation, 6 Nov 2014; republished on croakey, the Crikey health blog on 7 Nov 2014 and cross-posted to The Communication Initiative (CI) Network – The Drum Beat on 5 Jan 2015.

2014: “Don’t be scared, be angry”, telephone interview in Swedish Radio, 3 December

2014: What are the critical health issues for G20 leaders? Croakey, the Crikey health blog, Interview with Michelle Hughes, 13 Nov

2014: The ethics of Australia’s response to the Ebola outbreak, ABC24 Interview with Kumi Taguchi, 15 Oct

Hooker, C., 2010. Medicine and Human Flourishing, RACP News, 30, 2:16-17

International links

United Kingdom

(Wellcome Centre for Medical Humanites, University of Durham) Sister institution

Selected grants

2013

  • NETWORK FOR ORGANS, BODIES AND TISSUES (NBOT); Stewart C, Anderson W, Cashman P, Cooper M, Griffiths P, Hooker C, Jordens C, Kerridge I, Lupton D, Magnusson R, Michael M, Pols H, Race K, Salkeld G, Savell K, Scott Bray R, Shewan L, Waldby C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2010

  • Strengthening frontline clinicians infection control: A multi-method study to reduce MRSA infection and transmission; Iedema R, Gilbert G, Hooker C, O'Sullivan M, Jorm C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • Reconceptualising health promotion: the role of values, ethics and evidence in obesity; Carter S, Hooker C, Kerridge I, Rychetnik L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2009

  • Developing clinical ethics capacity in NSW through partnership; Jordens C, Hu W, Cheung P, Hooker C, Mills C, Stewart C, Walters W, Thackway S, Clout T, Kerridge I, Letts J, Mitchell J, Carter S, Little J; Health Administration Corporation/Research Support.

2007

  • How do lay people understand the risk of developing cancer A qualitative study using grounded theory procedures.; Carter S, Ankeny R, Kerridge I, Komesaroff P, Hu W, McCaffery K, Jordens C, Hooker C, Thomas S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2004

  • Comparing health scares in Canada and Australia: managing health risks between public fears and professional priorities; Hooker C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Early Career Fellowships.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Hooker, C. (2005). Irresistible forces: Australian Women in Science. Australia: Melbourne University Press.

Edited Books

  • Hooker, C. (2006). Two Paths to Heaven's Gate. United States: National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
  • Bashford, A., Hooker, C. (2001). Contagion. London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

  • Crosbie, K., Richters, J., Hooker, C., Leask, J. (2013). Filthy fingernails and friendly germs: lay concepts of contagious disease transmission in developed countries. In Cathy Banwell, Stanley Ulijaszek, Jane Dixon (Eds.), When Culture Impacts Health: Global Lessons for Effective Health Research, (pp. 67-84). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Academic Press.
  • Hooker, C., Leask, J., King, C. (2012). Media Ethics and Infectious Disease. In Christian Enemark, Michael J Selgelid (Eds.), Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, (pp. 161-178). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
  • Hooker, C. (2010). Dr. Osler and Dr. Lydgate: George Eliot's Middlemarch. In Michael A. LaCombe, David J. Elpern (Eds.), Osler's bedside library : great writers who inspired a great physician, (pp. 155-169). Philadelphia: ACP Publishing Pty, Limited.
  • Hooker, C. (2010). George Eliot. In Michael A. LaCombe, David J. Elpern (Eds.), Osler's bedside library : great writers who inspired a great physician, (pp. 153-178). Philadelphia: ACP Publishing Pty, Limited.
  • Hooker, C. (2010). History and qualitative research. In Ivy Bourgeault, Robert Dingwall, Raymond De Vries (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research, (pp. 265-286). London: Sage Publications.
  • Hooker, C. (2010). History and Social Change in Health and Medicine. In Ivy Bourgeault, Robert Dingwall, Raymond De Vries (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research, (pp. 265-286). London: Sage Publications.
  • Hooker, C. (2008). SARS as a "Health Scare". In S. Harris Ali, Roger Keil (Eds.), Networked Disease: Emerging Infections in the Global City, (pp. 123-137). United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Hooker, C. (2004). Hygiene. In Maryanne Cline Horowitz (Eds.), New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, (pp. 1064-1068). Detroit: Charles Scribners & Sons Publishing.
  • Hooker, C. (2001). Sanitary Failure and Risk: Pasteurisation, immunisation and the logics of prevention'. In Alison Bashford and Claire Hooker (Eds.), Contagion: historical and cultural studies, (pp. 129-152). London and New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Hooker, C., Mayes, C., Degeling, C., Gilbert, G., Kerridge, I. (2014). Don't be scared, be angry: the politics and ethics of Ebola. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(6), 352-354. [More Information]
  • Narayan, K., Hooker, C., Jarrett, C., Bennett, D. (2013). Exploring young people's dignity: A qualitative approach. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(11), 891-894. [More Information]
  • Dowd, K., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Hooker, C., Dhand, N. (2013). Zoonotic disease risk perceptions and infection control practices of Australian veterinarians: call for change in work culture. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 111(1-2), 17-24. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C., King, C., Leask, J. (2012). Journalists' views about reporting avian influenza and a potential pandemic: a qualitative study. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 6(3), 224-229. [More Information]
  • Lipworth, W., Hooker, C., Carter, S. (2011). Balance, Balancing, and Health. Qualitative Health Research, 21(5), 714-725. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Rychetnik, L., Lloyd, B., Kerridge, I., Baur, L., Bauman, A., Hooker, C., Zask, A. (2011). Evidence, Ethics, and Values: A Framework for Health Promotion. American Journal of Public Health, 101(3), 465-472. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C., Noonan, E. (2011). Medical humanities as expressive of Western culture. Medical Humanities, 37, 79-84. [More Information]
  • Lipworth, W., Davey, H., Carter, S., Hooker, C., Hu, W. (2010). Beliefs and beyond: what can we learn from qualitative studies of lay people's understandings of cancer risk? Health Expectations, 13(2), 113-124. [More Information]
  • Parsons, A., Hooker, C. (2010). Dignity and Narrative Medicine. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 7(4), 345-351. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C. (2010). Health scares: Professional priorities. Health, 14(1), 3-21. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Hooker, C., King, C. (2010). Media coverage of health issues and how to work more effectively with journalists: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 10, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C., Ali, S. (2009). SARS and Security: Health in the 'New Normal'. Studies in Political Economy: a socialist review, 84, 101-127.
  • Carter, S., Hooker, C., Davey, H. (2009). Writing Social Determinants Into and Out of Cancer Control: An Assessment of Policy Practice. Social Science and Medicine, 68(8), 1448-1455. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C., Carter, S., Davey, H. (2009). Writing the risk of cancer: cancer risk in public policy. Health, Risk and Society, 11(6), 541-560. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C. (2008). The Medical Humanities: A brief introduction. Australian Family Physician, 37(5), 369-370. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C., Chapman, S. (2007). 'Our youth must be protected from drug abuse': talking tobacco control in the New South Wales Parliament from the 1960s to the twenty-first century. Health and History, 9(1), 106-128.
  • Hooker, C., Pols, H. (2007). Health, Medicine, and the Media. Health and History, 8(2), 1-13.
  • Hooker, C., Chapman, S. (2006). Deliberately personal: Tobacco control debates and deliberative democracy in New South Wales. Critical Public Health, 16(1), 35-46.
  • Hooker, C. (2006). Eugenics in Australia: Striving for national fitness. Isis: international review devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences, 97(4), 784-786.
  • Hooker, C., Pols, H. (2006). Health, Medicine and the Media. Health and History, 8(2), 1-13.
  • Hooker, C. (2003). No Lazy History. Metascience, 12(3), 381-384.
  • Hooker, C. (2003). Rethinking our habits: Review of Learning to Smoke (Jason Hughes). Tobacco Control, 12(3), 340-340.
  • Hooker, C., Bashford, A. (2002). Diphtheria and Australian Public Health: Bacteriology and Its Complex Applications, c1890-1930. Medical History, 46, 41-64.
  • Hooker, C. (2002). Diphtheria, immunisation and the Bundaberg tragedy: a study in public health in Australia. Health and History, 2, 52-78.

Conferences

  • Dowd, K., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Hooker, C., Dhand, N. (2012). Factors influencing veterinarians' use of personal protective equipment. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Dhand, N., Dowd, K., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Hooker, C. (2012). Zoonotic disease perceptions and practices of australian veterinarians. Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference, Darwin: Australian Veterinary Association.

2014

  • Hooker, C., Mayes, C., Degeling, C., Gilbert, G., Kerridge, I. (2014). Don't be scared, be angry: the politics and ethics of Ebola. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(6), 352-354. [More Information]

2013

  • Narayan, K., Hooker, C., Jarrett, C., Bennett, D. (2013). Exploring young people's dignity: A qualitative approach. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(11), 891-894. [More Information]
  • Crosbie, K., Richters, J., Hooker, C., Leask, J. (2013). Filthy fingernails and friendly germs: lay concepts of contagious disease transmission in developed countries. In Cathy Banwell, Stanley Ulijaszek, Jane Dixon (Eds.), When Culture Impacts Health: Global Lessons for Effective Health Research, (pp. 67-84). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Academic Press.
  • Dowd, K., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Hooker, C., Dhand, N. (2013). Zoonotic disease risk perceptions and infection control practices of Australian veterinarians: call for change in work culture. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 111(1-2), 17-24. [More Information]

2012

  • Dowd, K., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Hooker, C., Dhand, N. (2012). Factors influencing veterinarians' use of personal protective equipment. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Hooker, C., King, C., Leask, J. (2012). Journalists' views about reporting avian influenza and a potential pandemic: a qualitative study. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 6(3), 224-229. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C., Leask, J., King, C. (2012). Media Ethics and Infectious Disease. In Christian Enemark, Michael J Selgelid (Eds.), Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, (pp. 161-178). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
  • Dhand, N., Dowd, K., Taylor, M., Toribio, J., Hooker, C. (2012). Zoonotic disease perceptions and practices of australian veterinarians. Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference, Darwin: Australian Veterinary Association.

2011

  • Lipworth, W., Hooker, C., Carter, S. (2011). Balance, Balancing, and Health. Qualitative Health Research, 21(5), 714-725. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Rychetnik, L., Lloyd, B., Kerridge, I., Baur, L., Bauman, A., Hooker, C., Zask, A. (2011). Evidence, Ethics, and Values: A Framework for Health Promotion. American Journal of Public Health, 101(3), 465-472. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C., Noonan, E. (2011). Medical humanities as expressive of Western culture. Medical Humanities, 37, 79-84. [More Information]

2010

  • Lipworth, W., Davey, H., Carter, S., Hooker, C., Hu, W. (2010). Beliefs and beyond: what can we learn from qualitative studies of lay people's understandings of cancer risk? Health Expectations, 13(2), 113-124. [More Information]
  • Parsons, A., Hooker, C. (2010). Dignity and Narrative Medicine. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 7(4), 345-351. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C. (2010). Dr. Osler and Dr. Lydgate: George Eliot's Middlemarch. In Michael A. LaCombe, David J. Elpern (Eds.), Osler's bedside library : great writers who inspired a great physician, (pp. 155-169). Philadelphia: ACP Publishing Pty, Limited.
  • Hooker, C. (2010). George Eliot. In Michael A. LaCombe, David J. Elpern (Eds.), Osler's bedside library : great writers who inspired a great physician, (pp. 153-178). Philadelphia: ACP Publishing Pty, Limited.
  • Hooker, C. (2010). Health scares: Professional priorities. Health, 14(1), 3-21. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C. (2010). History and qualitative research. In Ivy Bourgeault, Robert Dingwall, Raymond De Vries (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research, (pp. 265-286). London: Sage Publications.
  • Hooker, C. (2010). History and Social Change in Health and Medicine. In Ivy Bourgeault, Robert Dingwall, Raymond De Vries (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research, (pp. 265-286). London: Sage Publications.
  • Leask, J., Hooker, C., King, C. (2010). Media coverage of health issues and how to work more effectively with journalists: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 10, 1-7. [More Information]

2009

  • Hooker, C., Ali, S. (2009). SARS and Security: Health in the 'New Normal'. Studies in Political Economy: a socialist review, 84, 101-127.
  • Carter, S., Hooker, C., Davey, H. (2009). Writing Social Determinants Into and Out of Cancer Control: An Assessment of Policy Practice. Social Science and Medicine, 68(8), 1448-1455. [More Information]
  • Hooker, C., Carter, S., Davey, H. (2009). Writing the risk of cancer: cancer risk in public policy. Health, Risk and Society, 11(6), 541-560. [More Information]

2008

  • Hooker, C. (2008). SARS as a "Health Scare". In S. Harris Ali, Roger Keil (Eds.), Networked Disease: Emerging Infections in the Global City, (pp. 123-137). United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Hooker, C. (2008). The Medical Humanities: A brief introduction. Australian Family Physician, 37(5), 369-370. [More Information]

2007

  • Hooker, C., Chapman, S. (2007). 'Our youth must be protected from drug abuse': talking tobacco control in the New South Wales Parliament from the 1960s to the twenty-first century. Health and History, 9(1), 106-128.
  • Hooker, C., Pols, H. (2007). Health, Medicine, and the Media. Health and History, 8(2), 1-13.

2006

  • Hooker, C., Chapman, S. (2006). Deliberately personal: Tobacco control debates and deliberative democracy in New South Wales. Critical Public Health, 16(1), 35-46.
  • Hooker, C. (2006). Eugenics in Australia: Striving for national fitness. Isis: international review devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences, 97(4), 784-786.
  • Hooker, C., Pols, H. (2006). Health, Medicine and the Media. Health and History, 8(2), 1-13.
  • Hooker, C. (2006). Two Paths to Heaven's Gate. United States: National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

2005

  • Hooker, C. (2005). Irresistible forces: Australian Women in Science. Australia: Melbourne University Press.

2004

  • Hooker, C. (2004). Hygiene. In Maryanne Cline Horowitz (Eds.), New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, (pp. 1064-1068). Detroit: Charles Scribners & Sons Publishing.

2003

  • Hooker, C. (2003). No Lazy History. Metascience, 12(3), 381-384.
  • Hooker, C. (2003). Rethinking our habits: Review of Learning to Smoke (Jason Hughes). Tobacco Control, 12(3), 340-340.

2002

  • Hooker, C., Bashford, A. (2002). Diphtheria and Australian Public Health: Bacteriology and Its Complex Applications, c1890-1930. Medical History, 46, 41-64.
  • Hooker, C. (2002). Diphtheria, immunisation and the Bundaberg tragedy: a study in public health in Australia. Health and History, 2, 52-78.

2001

  • Bashford, A., Hooker, C. (2001). Contagion. London: Routledge.
  • Hooker, C. (2001). Sanitary Failure and Risk: Pasteurisation, immunisation and the logics of prevention'. In Alison Bashford and Claire Hooker (Eds.), Contagion: historical and cultural studies, (pp. 129-152). London and New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

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