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Heavy drinking and health module

Further Perspectives on Alcohol

Team & Thanks

This module is based on qualitative research conducted in Australia by researchers from La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), in collaboration with South Western Sydney Local Health District. The research was funded by a grant from Drug Health Services, South Western Sydney Local Health District.

Our since thanks to the men who took part in this research project.

Project Team

Suzanne Fraser

Professor Suzanne Fraser is the Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. Her research focuses on alcohol and other drug consumption, gender and health in society.

Renae Fomiatti

Dr Renae Fomiatti is a Research Officer at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. Renae’s research focuses on the sociology of alcohol and other drug use, recovery, gender and health.

Michael Edwards

Dr Michael Edwards (PhD FRANZCP) is a practising psychiatrist and psychodynamic psychotherapist, and an adjunct lecturer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. He was Medical Director of Drug Health Services in South Western Sydney Local Health District from 2015-2019. He has a special clinical interest in the lived experiences of people who use drugs. His research interests include psychoanalysis, and philosophical approaches in psychology.

Stephanie Hocking

Ms Stephanie Hocking is the General Manager of Drug Health Services in South Western Sydney Local Health District. She has been in this role since December 2017. Prior to leading Drug Health Services, Ms Hocking managed Quality and Patient Safety for Drug Health Services and previously the Court Diversion Programs Manager. Overall, Ms Hocking has 25 years’ experience in leadership, management and clinical roles in the alcohol and other drug sector in both government and non-government organisations; spanning counselling, court diversion programs, residential rehabilitation, service development, management, executive leadership, and quality and clinical safety management and governance.

Thanks also go to:

  • Piotr Maron who conducted some of the interviews, and Aly Hyles who transcribed them
  • The staff from South Western Sydney Local Health District for assisting with recruitment
  • John Jacobs for audio and video clip production and assistance with the video re-enactments
  • Leading Hand Design who designed and built the module
  • Emily Lenton and Prakash Poudel who helped prepare transcripts for the website

Video re-enactment cast

We thank the actors represented by Real People who played the roles listed below:

Participant Actor
Arjun Arpan Chakravarti
Wayne Frank Jockel
Steve Quintin Atkinson

NOTE: The Alcohol module uses a similar presentation format to its host website,, which was produced in collaboration with Healthtalk Australia, with support from other collaborating parties. The initial project drew on the ‘DIPEx’ approach to research and online resource (website) production. This approach was developed by the Medical Sociology & Health Experiences Research Group, in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. It is used by Healthtalk Australia and other licensed members of DIPEx International. However, the Alcohol module is not associated with Healthtalk Australia.