Professor James Smith

Executive Co-Director Regional Rural and Remote Strategy Development

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Professor James Smith is the Deputy Dean of Rural and Remote Health - NT, and Matthew Flinders Professor (Health and Social Equity) at Flinders University. He is an applied social health researcher with 20+ years experience working in rural and remote health policy, practice, and research contexts in SA and the NT, with a particular focus on improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and education outcomes. Prior to commencing at Flinders he held Professorial roles at both Menzies School of Health Research and Charles Darwin University in areas relating to alcohol and other drugs, men's health and Indigenous higer education. Professor Smith is recognised nationally and globally for his expertise in both health promotion and men's health. He is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, a Fellow and life member of the Australian Health Promotion Association, and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management . He is the Deputy Chair Association for Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies NT. He holds academic status at Menzies, University of Queensland, Deakin University, University of Michigan and the University of Saskatchewan.

Honours, awards and grants

Matthew Flinders Professor (2022-ongoing)

NT Exellence in Harm Reduction Award - Association for Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies NT (2021)

NT Men's Health Peoples Choice Award - Australian Men's Health Forum

NT Fulbright Senior Scholar (2019) - Fulbright Australia

National Alcohol and Other Drugs Research Excellence and Innovation Awars (Research) - Alcohol and Drug Foundation (2019)

Australian Rural Education Award - Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (2016 and 2018)

Aileen Plant Medal for Excellence in Population Health - Australia's four peak population health bodies (2012)

Key responsibilities

Professor Smith has executive responsbilities to lead the strategic direction of education and research within the Discipline of Rural and Remote Health in the Northern Territory. This will build on the Rural and Remote Health Strategy, Rural and Remote Health NT Research Plan, and the Flinders University Reconciliation Action Plan.

Supervisory interests
Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing
Aboriginal social determinants of health
Health equity
Health promotion
Higher education
Indigenous education
Indigenous health
Men's health and masculinity
Expert for media contact
Community/Public health
Diversity and Inclusion
Primary health care
Public health
Rural and remote health
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