Professor James Smith is a Father Frank Flynn Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research.
This role focuses on alcohol and other drugs harm minimisation. Prior to this appointment he was an Equity Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education hosted through the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University (CDU). He was also the Co-Lead of the Indigenous Leadership Research and Evaluation Network; and Program Manager for the Whole of Community Engagement initiative, at CDU. Previous to these roles he held senior management and executive positions in both government and non-government contexts, spanning health and education settings across the NT.
Professor Smith has research expertise in health promotion, prevention, community engagement, men’s health, Indigenous health, and Indigenous education. He is a Fellow of the Australian Health Promotion Association; and current Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. He is actively engaged in a range of community focused roles, including Board Member of the Heart Foundation (NT Division); and Deputy Chair of the Community Advisory Council of the NT Primary Health Network. He also holds honorary research appointments at the University of Sydney, CDU, Curtin University via the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health and the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, and the University of Saskatchewan.
James has led and managed over $9 million in competitive research grants and evaluation consultancies; and has won a range of national accolades for his research and professional achievements.