DR CLAIRE HOOKER

Claire Hooker

Health and Medical Humanities, Arts and Health, Risk Communication and the Politics and Ethics of Infection
Arts and Health, and the health humanities, reorients health care to what really matters to patients and their families: their dignity, their grief, their ability to live and work with integrity and make a positive difference in the world. For clinicians, I explore ways to build positive workplace cultures and practices that can then support safety, empathy and dignity for patients. For patients and practitioners, I support creative arts approaches that work with the social determinants of health – inclusion, empowerment, good quality relationships – to transform health care. I develop critical approaches to the politics and ethics of infection that underpin the healthcare practice I support.


My collaborators
A/Prof Julie Leask, Prof Ian Kerridge, Prof Lyn Gilbert, A/Prof Navneet Dhand, A/Prof Mel Taylor, Prof Miller Goss, Prof Ron Ekers, Dr George Marshall, Prof Rick Iedema, Dr Chris Degeling, Prof Paul Macneill, Dr Kimberley Ivory, Dr Jim Chambliss, Helen Zigmond



Current Projects

Grace under Pressure: Enacting professionalism in practice: This project uses theatre skills workshops to build professionalism by strengthening values in clinical contexts

Theorising Dignity, Empathy and the Microethics of Healthcare and Healthcare communication: This multi-partner project retheorises some of the key ethical aspirations of healthcare practice through the perspectives of workplace structures, personal values and performance

Strengthening frontline clinicians’ infection control: A project using video reflexive ethnography alongside novel real-time strain typing techniques to improve hospital infection control and reduce Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) transmission in major metropolitan hospitals.


In the (Social) Media

Hooker, C. & Sear, M. 2015, Irresistible forces: reflections on the history of women in Australian science, 1 September, Pateblog, National Museum of Australia

Hooker, C & Ivory, K. 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.

Dr Claire Hooker exploring the tension in health care between science and compassion. Presentation slides

Latest Publications

Scott KM, Berlec Š, Nash L, Hooker C, Dwyer P, Macneill P, River J, Ivory K, Grace Under Pressure: a drama-based approach to tackling mistreatment of medical students, Med Humanities. Published Online: October 8, 2016, doi: 10.1136/medhum- 2016-011031

Hooker C. et al. Dying a natural death: Ethics and political activism for endemic infectious disease. Endemic: Essays in Contagion Theory.Lorenzo Servitje and Kari Nixon (eds). London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. In press.

Marshall GR, Hooker C. Empathy and affect: what can empathied bodies do? Medical Humanities. 2016 Feb 8:medhum-2015. doi:10.1136/medhum-2015-010818

Mayes C, Hooker C, Kerridge I. Bioethics and Epistemic Scientism. Journal of bioethical inquiry. 2015 Dec 8.

Hooker C., Understanding empathy: why phenomenology and hermeneutics can help medical education and practice. Med Health Care and Philos. 2015. Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 541-552. First online: 13 March 2015

Doctor with stethoscope

Image: TK, Flickr


Hooker C, Macneill P. 2015. Literature. In: Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Springer Reference.

Iedema, R., Hor, S ., Wyer, M., Jorm, C., Gilbert, G. L., Hooker, C. & O’Sullivan, M. 2015. An innovative approach to strengthening health professionals’ infection control and limiting hospital- acquired infection: Videography. BMJ Innov doi:10.1136/bmjinnov-2014-000032, Published Online 23 July 2015

Fitzpatrick, S. J., Hooker, C., & Kerridge, I. H. 2015. Suicidology as a Social Practice': A Reply to Tom Widger. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 4, no. 4 (2015): 21-25. [invited paper; reply to the reply was subsequently solicited by the editor]

Hooker C, Mayes C, Degeling C, Gilbert L, Kerridge I., 2014. Don’t be scared, be angry: The politics and ethics of Ebola, Medical Journal of Australia, published online 15 September 2014, DOI 10.5694/mja14.01191

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Fulltexts of most of my publications are available via the Sydney eScholarship Repository.
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