Dr Renae Fomiatti

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Hum & Social Science

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

r.fomiatti@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46472

Biography

Dr Renae Fomiatti is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology, in the School of Humanities and Social Science at Deakin University. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. She conducts qualitative research on the social, cultural, political and gendered dimensions of alcohol and other drug use, treatment, health and recovery. Her research is informed by contemporary feminist theory, feminist science studies and science and technology studies. She previously held appointments in the Drugs, Gender and Sexuality (DruGS) Program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, and at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University.


Her current research explores enhancement drug consumption, connections between drugs, health, enhancement and optimisation, and experiences of hepatitis C treatment and cure.


Her research has appeared in international journals including Social Science and Medicine; Sociology of Health & Illness; The International Journal of Drug Policy; Qualitative Health Research; and Health Sociology Review. She has published on topics related to injecting drug use and addiction; the politics of recovery; gender and consumption; performance and image-enhancing drug consumption; and take-home naloxone and overdose.


She is the co-convenor of the TASA Health Sociology Group, editorial board member of the journal Health Sociology Review and current Book Reviews Editor for Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.

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Biography summary

Dr Renae Fomiatti is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology, in the School of Humanities and Social Science at Deakin University. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. She conducts qualitative research on the social, cultural, political and gendered dimensions of alcohol and other drug use, treatment, health and recovery. Her research is informed by contemporary feminist theory, feminist science studies and science and technology studies.

Affiliations

  • Member of the Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI)
  • Co-convenor of The Australian Sociological Association’s Health Sociology Thematic Group
  • Book Reviews Editor, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
  • Editorial Board Member, Health Sociology Review
  • Editorial Board Member, Contemporary Drug Problems 

Knowledge areas

  • Alcohol and other drug consumption and treatment
  • The politics of recovery
  • Injecting drug use, addiction and stigma 
  • Alcohol and other drug consumption and new technologies
  • Enhancement drug consumption and gender
  • Contemporary feminist theory
  • Science and Technology Studies

Professional activities

  • Co-convenor of The Australian Sociological Association’s Health Sociology Thematic Group
  • Invited peer reviewer for International Journal of Drug policy, Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, BMC Public Health, Health: an interdisciplinary journal and Journal of Extreme Anthropology
  • Member of Australian Women’s Member of Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
  • Member of The Australian Sociological Association.
  • Member of Health, Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (HASH) network

Projects

National competitive grants

  • Fomiatti. Understanding gender and digital media in women’s enhancement drug consumption to improve health and minimise stigma. Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship Project. (2022-2024) $216,674

Public sector grants

  • Fraser, Farrugia, Fomiatti, Ellard. Reducing stigma and discrimination associated with hepatitis C: Developing a stigma reduction toolkit for the Victorian healthcare workforce. (2021-2022): $150,447.
  • Fraser, Fomiatti. Understanding experiences of telehealth care delivery for hepatitis C treatment in Australia. (2020-2021): $230,000.
  • Fraser, Farrugia, Fomiatti, Edwards. South West Sydney Drug Health Services grant. Assertive youth outreach in SWSLHD: Program and participant aims, priorities and outcomes, 2018-19: $50,000
  • Fraser, Fomiatti, Edwards and Hocking. South West Sydney Drug Health Services grant. ‘Experiences of heavy alcohol consumption and dependence in SWS: A new module for Livesofsubstance.org, 2018: $50,000

Publications

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2023

Proper distance in the age of social distancing: Hepatitis C treatment, telehealth and questions of care and responsibility

Frances Shaw, Renae Fomiatti, Adrian Farrugia, Suzanne Fraser

(2023), Vol. 45, pp. 1-18, Sociology of Health and Illness: a journal of medical sociology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Rethinking Women's "Performance and Image-Enhancing Drug Consumption": An Agenda for Ontopolitically-Oriented Research

Renae Fomiatti, Kim Toffoletti, Kiran Pienaar

(2023), Vol. 50, pp. 217-231, Contemporary Drug Problems, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Countering 'the moral science of biopolitics': Understanding hepatitis C treatment 'non-compliance' in the antiviral era

D Moore, S Fraser, A Farrugia, R Fomiatti, M Edwards, E Birbilis, C Treloar

(2023), pp. 1-19, Sociology of Health and Illness, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Improving understandings of trauma and alcohol and other drug-related problems: A social research agenda

Renae Fomiatti, Kiran Pienaar, Michael Savic, Helen Keane, Carla Treloar

(2023), Vol. 121, pp. 1-9, International Journal of Drug Policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2022

Passion, reason and the politics of intoxication: Ontopolitically-oriented approaches to alcohol and other drug intoxication

Suzanne Fraser, David Moore, Adrian Farrugia, Renae Fomiatti

(2022), Routledge Handbook of Intoxicants and Intoxication, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Heavy drinking as phenomenon: gender and agency in accounts of men's heavy drinking

R Fomiatti, M Savic, S Fraser, M Edwards, A Farrugia

(2022), Vol. 31, pp. 16-31, Health Sociology Review, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Addiction stigma and the production of impediments to take-home naloxone uptake

R Fomiatti, A Farrugia, S Fraser, R Dwyer, J Neale, J Strang

(2022), Vol. 26, pp. 139-161, Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Understanding preferences for type of take-home naloxone device: international qualitative analysis of the views of people who use opioids

J Neale, A Farrugia, A Campbell, P Dietze, R Dwyer, R Fomiatti, J Jones, S Comer, S Fraser, J Strang

(2022), Vol. 29, pp. 109-120, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Hepatitis C cure as a 'gathering': Attending to the social and material relations of hepatitis C treatment

A Farrugia, R Fomiatti, S Fraser, D Moore, M Edwards, E Birbilis, C Treloar

(2022), Vol. 44, pp. 830-847, Sociology of Health and Illness, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Exhausted practical sovereignty and lateral agency: Non-uptake of treatment for hepatitis C in the antiviral era

Suzanne Fraser, David Moore, Adrian Farrugia, Renae Fomiatti, Michael Edwards, Elizabeth Birbilis, Carla Treloar

(2022), Vol. 107, pp. 1-9, International Journal of Drug Policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

'It's a different way to do medicine': Exploring the affordances of telehealth for hepatitis C healthcare

R Fomiatti, F Shaw, S Fraser

(2022), Vol. 110, pp. 1-9, International Journal of Drug Policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2021

Improving the effectiveness and inclusiveness of alcohol and other drug outreach models for young people: a literature review

R Fomiatti, A Farrugia, S Fraser, S Hocking

(2021), Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, C1

journal article

Holding 'new recovery' together: Organising relations and forms of coordination in professional sociomaterial practices of addiction recovery

R Fomiatti, D Moore, S Fraser, A Farrugia

(2021), Vol. 97, pp. 1-8, International Journal of Drug Policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2020

Maintaining the healthy body: Blood management and hepatitis C prevention among men who inject performance and image-enhancing drugs

R Fomiatti, E Lenton, J Latham, S Fraser, D Moore, K Seear, C Aitken

(2020), Vol. 75, International Journal of Drug Policy, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Consumption in contrast: The politics of comparison in healthcare practitioners' accounts of men who inject performance and image-enhancing drugs

K Seear, D Moore, S Fraser, R Fomiatti, C Aitken

(2020), Vol. 85, International Journal of Drug Policy, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Is another relationship possible? Connoisseurship and the doctor-patient relationship for men who consume performance and image-enhancing drugs

S Fraser, R Fomiatti, D Moore, K Seear, C Aitken

(2020), Vol. 246, Social Science and Medicine, England, C1

journal article

'It's good being part of the community and doing the right thing': (Re)problematising 'community' in new recovery-oriented policy and consumer accounts

R Fomiatti

(2020), Vol. 80, International Journal of Drug Policy, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Conflict and communication: managing the multiple affordances of take-home naloxone administration events in Australia

A Farrugia, J Neale, R Dwyer, R Fomiatti, S Fraser, J Strang, P Dietze

(2020), Vol. 28, pp. 29-37, Addiction Research and Theory, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

Men's Performance and Image-Enhancing Drug Use as Self-Transformation: Working Out in Makeover Culture

J Latham, S Fraser, R Fomiatti, D Moore, K Seear, C Aitken

(2019), Vol. 34, pp. 149-164, Australian Feminist Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

A 'messenger of sex'? Making testosterone matter in motivations for anabolic-androgenic steroid injecting

R Fomiatti, J Latham, S Fraser, D Moore, K Seear, C Aitken

(2019), Vol. 28, pp. 323-338, Health Sociology Review, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Take-home naloxone and the politics of care

A Farrugia, S Fraser, R Dwyer, R Fomiatti, J Neale, P Dietze, J Strang

(2019), Vol. 41, pp. 427-443, Sociology of Health and Illness, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The improvable self: enacting model citizenship and sociality in research on 'new recovery'

R Fomiatti, D Moore, S Fraser

(2019), Vol. 27, pp. 527-538, Addiction Research & Theory, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2017

Interpellating recovery: The politics of 'identity' in recovery-focused treatment

R Fomiatti, D Moore, S Fraser

(2017), Vol. 44, pp. 174-182, International Journal of Drug Policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2016

Producing "progress" through the implementation of outcome monitoring in alcohol and other drug treatment

M Savic, R Fomiatti

(2016), Vol. 43, pp. 169-187, Contemporary Drug Problems, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Understanding the role of cosmeceuticals in health, gender and ageing

Dr Renae Fomiatti, A/Prof Kim Toffoletti

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2024: $44,666

Understanding the role of trauma in alcohol and other drug-related problems

Dr Renae Fomiatti, Dr Kiran Pienaar, Dr Michael Savic, Prof Helen Keane, Prof Carla Treloar

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2024: $61,862

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report