Dr Emma Kirby

UNSW Scientia Fellow, Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow
PhD (Sociology) University of Newcastle (Australia) 2009; BSc - Hons (Human Geography) Loughborough University (UK) 2003
School of Social Sciences

Contact

02 9385 9065
Room 305, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Studies in Human Society

Research Funding

Broom, A., Kirby, E., Kokanovic, R., Adams, J., Lwin, Z., Wyld, D., Koh, E., de Souza, P.L., Woodland, L. (2016-2018) Cultural Biographies, Medical Knowledges: A sociological study. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP160100100] $210,000 (+816,962 cash/in-kind partner contributions)

Kirby, E. (2015-2017) Who cares? A sociological study of informal care at the end of life. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award [DE150100285] $372,000

Broom, A., Kirby, E., Yates, P., Seale, C., & Olliffe, J. (2015-2017) The changing landscapes of survivorship: A sociological study. Australian Research Council Discovery Project [DP150100414] $359,700

Broom, A., Kirby, E., Adams, J., Broom, J., & Looke, D. (2014-2017) Unintended consequences? A sociological study of how social relations influence decisions about antibioticsAustralian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP140100020] $172,117.

Broom, A., Adams, J., Yates, P., Kirby, E. (2012-2015) Pathways to and through palliative care: A sociological study of patient, carer and clinician experiences at end-of-life. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP 120200268], $164,830 ($591,411 total cash and in-kind)

Kirby, E. (2014-2017) A longitudinal study of social and familial networks of support at the end of life. UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship, $315,000

Lwin, Z., Broom, A., Wyld, D., Kirby, E., Cubitt, A. (2014-2015) Understanding and improving social support amongst women with cancer: A qualitative study. RBWH Foundation: The Weekend to End Women’s Cancer’s Diamond Care Grants, $100,000

Lwin, Z., Broom, A., Good, P., Kirby, E., Geary, A. (2014) Understanding and Improving the communication experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse patients who are diagnosed with cancer: A qualitative studyRBWH Foundation Research Initiative Grant $60,000

Broom, A. Broom, J., Kirby, E. (2014) A multicentre study of critical factors that underpin prescribing of antibiotics in Australian HospitalsWishlist Sunshine Coast Health Foundation Grant, $53,000

Broom, A., Good, P., Lwin, Z., Kirby, E., Adams, J. (2013) Referral to specialist palliative care: Understanding and improving the experiences of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) patients and their families. Mater Medical Research Institute, Theme 2, Program 9 Fund, $15,000

Broom, A., Broom., J., Kirby, E., Sowden, D. (2013) Cultures of prescribing: a socio-behavioural analysis of factors that underpin antimicrobial prescribing at Nambour Hospital. Queensland Health: Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service, $12,519

Kirby, E. (2013) Friends till the end? The role of non-kin networks of support at the end of life. University of Queensland Early Career Researcher Grant, $20,000

Broom, A., Kirby, E. (2012-2013) Home or hospice? Place of death and the family in Queensland . UQ Collaboration and Industry Engagement Fund, $49,994

Kirby, E. (2012-2013) Patients and carers' experiences of end-of-life care in Queensland: a sociological study. UQ New Staff Research Start-Up Fund$11,934

Broom, A., Kirby, E. (2011) Pathways to and through palliative care: A sociological study of end of life care in QueenslandUQ Firstlink Fund, $4,201

 

Publications

    Journal articles

    • Broom A;Broom J;Kirby E;Gibson A;Davis M, 2017, 'Antibiotic optimisation in 'the bush': Local know-how and core-periphery relations', HEALTH & PLACE, vol. 48, pp. 56 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.09.003
    • Kenny K;Broom A;Kirby E;Wyld D;Lwin Z, 2017, 'Terminal anticipation: Entanglements of affect and temporality in living with advanced cancer', Subjectivity, vol. 10, pp. 374 - 392, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41286-017-0034-x
    • Broom A;Kirby E;Gibson AF;Post JJ;Broom J, 2017, 'Myth, Manners, and Medical Ritual: Defensive Medicine and the Fetish of Antibiotics', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 27, pp. 1994 - 2005, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732317721478
    • Broom A;Broom J;Kirby E;Scambler G, 2017, 'Nurses as Antibiotic Brokers: Institutionalized Praxis in the Hospital', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 27, pp. 1924 - 1935, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732316679953
    • kenny K;Broom A;Kirby E;Ridge D, 2017, 'In one’s own time: Contesting the temporality and linearity of bereavement', Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459317724854
    • Broom J;Broom A;Kirby E;Gibson AF;Post JJ, 2017, 'Individual care versus broader public health: A qualitative study of hospital doctors' antibiotic decisions', Infection, Disease and Health, vol. 22, pp. 97 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.idh.2017.05.003
    • Broom A;kenny K;Kirby E, 2017, 'On waiting, hauntings and surviving: Chronicling life with cancer through solicited diaries', The Sociological Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038026117719216
    • Gibson AF;Broom A;Kirby E;Wyld DK;Lwin Z, 2017, '‘…?My biggest worry now is how my husband is going to cope’: women’s relational experiences of cancer ‘care’ during illness', Journal of Gender Studies, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2017.1340154
    • Gibson AF;Broom A;Kirby E;Wyld DK;Lwin Z, 2017, 'The social reception of women with cancer', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 27, pp. 983 - 993, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732316637591
    • Broom J;Broom A;Kirby E;Gibson AF;Post JJ, 2017, 'How do hospital respiratory clinicians perceive antimicrobial stewardship (AMS)? A qualitative study highlighting barriers to AMS in respiratory medicine', Journal of Hospital Infection, vol. 96, pp. 316 - 322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2017.05.001
    • Kirby E;Kenny K;Broom A;MacArtney J;Good P, 2017, 'The meaning and experience of bereavement support: A qualitative interview study of bereaved family caregivers', Palliative and Supportive Care, pp. 1 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1478951517000475
    • Kirby E;Broom A;Gibson A;Broom J;Yarwood T;Post J, 2017, 'Medical authority, managerial power and political will: A Bourdieusian analysis of antibiotics in the hospital.', Health (London), pp. 1363459317715775, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459317715775
    • Broom JK;Broom AF;Kirby ER;Gibson AF;Post JJ, 2017, 'Clinical and social barriers to antimicrobial stewardship in pulmonary medicine: A qualitative study', American Journal of Infection Control, vol. 45, pp. 911 - 916, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.03.003
    • MacArtney JI;Broom A;Kirby E;Good P;Wootton J, 2017, 'The Liminal and the Parallax: Living and Dying at the End of Life', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 27, pp. 623 - 633, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732315618938
    • Kirby E;Broom A;Good P;Bowden V;Lwin Z, 2017, 'Experiences of interpreters in supporting the transition from oncology to palliative care: A qualitative study', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol. 13, pp. e497 - e505, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajco.12563
    • Murthy V;Adams J;Broom A;Kirby E;Refshauge KM;Sibbritt D, 2017, 'The influence of communication and information sources upon decision-making around complementary and alternative medicine use for back pain among Australian women aged 60–65 years', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 25, pp. 114 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12275
    • Broom A;Broom J;Kirby E;Adams J, 2016, 'The social dynamics of antibiotic use in an Australian hospital', Journal of Sociology, vol. 52, pp. 824 - 839, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783315594486
    • Broom A;Wong WK T;Kirby E;Sibbritt D;Karikios D;Harrup R;Lwin Z, 2016, 'A qualitative study of medical oncologists' experiences of their profession and workforce sustainability', PLoS ONE, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0166302
    • Broom A;Kirby E;Good P;Lwin Z, 2016, 'Nursing futility, managing medicine: Nurses’ perspectives on the transition from life-prolonging to palliative care', Health (United Kingdom), vol. 20, pp. 653 - 670, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459315595845
    • Broom A;Gibson AF;Broom J;Kirby E;Yarwood T;Post JJ, 2016, 'Optimizing antibiotic usage in hospitals: a qualitative study of the perspectives of hospital managers', Journal of Hospital Infection, vol. 94, pp. 230 - 235, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2016.08.021
    • Sibbritt D;Lauche R;Sundberg T;Peng W;Moore C;Broom A;Kirby E;Adams J, 2016, 'Severity of back pain may influence choice and order of practitioner consultations across conventional, allied and complementary health care: A cross-sectional study of 1851 mid-age Australian women', BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12891-016-1251-0
    • Broom A;Kirby E;Kenny K;MacArtney J;Good P, 2016, 'Moral ambivalence and informal care for the dying', Sociological Review, vol. 64, pp. 987 - 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12400
    • Brosnan C;Kirby E, 2016, 'Sociological perspectives on the politics of knowledge in health care: introduction to themed issue', Health Sociology Review, vol. 25, pp. 139 - 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2016.1174055
    • Macartney JI;Broom A;Kirby E;Good P;Wootton J;Adams J, 2016, 'Locating care at the end of life: Burden, vulnerability, and the practical accomplishment of dying', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 38, pp. 479 - 492, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12375
    • Macartney JI;Broom A;Kirby E;Good P;Wootton J;Adams J, 2016, 'Locating care at the end of life: Burden, vulnerability, and the practical accomplishment of dying', Sociology of Health and Illness, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12375
    • Broom A;Plage S;Broom J;Kirby E;Adams J, 2016, 'A qualitative study of hospital pharmacists and antibiotic governance: Negotiating interprofessional responsibilities, expertise and resource constraints Organization, structure and delivery of health', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1290-0
    • Broom A;Broom J;Kirby E;Plage S;Adams J, 2015, 'What role do pharmacists play in mediating antibiotic use in hospitals? A qualitative study', BMJ open, vol. 5, pp. e008326, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008326
    • MacArtney JI;Broom A;Kirby E;Good P;Wootton J;Yates PM;Adams J, 2015, 'On resilience and acceptance in the transition to palliative care at the end of life', Health (London, England : 1997), vol. 19, pp. 263 - 279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459314545696
    • Broom A;Broom J;Kirby E;Scambler G, 2015, 'The path of least resistance? Jurisdictions, responsibility and professional asymmetries in pharmacists' accounts of antibiotic decisions in hospitals', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 146, pp. 95 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.10.037
    • Kirby E;Broom A;Sibbritt D;Refshauge K;Adams J, 2015, 'Suffering, recognition and reframing: Healthcare choices and plural care pathways for women with chronic back pain', Current Sociology, vol. 63, pp. 652 - 668, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0011392115590076
    • Broom AF;Kirby ER;Adams J;Refshauge KM, 2015, 'On Illegitimacy, Suffering and Recognition: A Diary Study of Women Living with Chronic Pain', Sociology, vol. 49, pp. 712 - 731, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038514551090
    • MacArtney JI;Broom A;Kirby E;Good P;Wootton J;Yates PM;Adams J, 2015, 'On resilience and acceptance in the transition to palliative care at the end of life', Health (United Kingdom), vol. 19, pp. 263 - 279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459314545696
    • Broom A;Kirby E;Good P;Wootton J;Yates P;Hardy J, 2015, 'Negotiating futility, managing emotions: Nursing the transition to palliative care', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 25, pp. 299 - 309, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732314553123
    • Murthy V;Sibbritt D;Adams J;Broom A;Kirby E;Refshauge KM, 2014, 'Consultations with complementary and alternative medicine practitioners amongst wider care options for back pain: A study of a nationally representative sample of 1,310 Australian women aged 60-65 yea', Clinical Rheumatology, vol. 33, pp. 253 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10067-013-2357-5
    • Broom A;Kirby E;Good P;Wootton J;Adams J, 2014, 'The troubles of telling: Managing communication about the end of life', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 24, pp. 151 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732313519709
    • Kirby ER;Broom AF;Adams J;Sibbritt DW;Refshauge KM, 2014, 'A qualitative study of influences on older women's practitioner choices for back pain care', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-14-131
    • Broom A;Broom J;Kirby E, 2014, 'Cultures of resistance? A Bourdieusian analysis of doctors' antibiotic prescribing', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 110, pp. 81 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.03.030
    • Kirby E;Broom A;Good P;Wootton J;Adams J, 2014, 'Medical specialists' motivations for referral to specialist palliative care: A qualitative study', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, vol. 4, pp. 277 - 284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000376
    • Kirby E;Broom A;Good P, 2014, 'The role and significance of nurses in managing transitions to palliative care: A qualitative study', BMJ Open, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006026
    • Kirby E;Broom A;Good P;Wootton J;Adams J, 2014, 'Families and the transition to specialist palliative care', Mortality, vol. 19, pp. 323 - 341, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2014.916258
    • Broom A;Kirby E;Good P;Wootton J;Adams J, 2013, 'The art of letting go: Referral to palliative care and its discontents', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 78, pp. 9 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.11.008
    • Kirby ER;Broom AF;Sibbritt DW;Adams J;Refshauge KM, 2013, 'A national cross-sectional survey of back pain care amongst Australian women aged 60-65', European Journal of Integrative Medicine, vol. 5, pp. 36 - 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eujim.2012.08.005
    • Broom A;Kirby E, 2013, 'The end of life and the family: Hospice patients' views on dying as relational', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 35, pp. 499 - 513, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2012.01497.x
    • Broom A;Good P;Kirby E;Lwin Z, 2013, 'Negotiating palliative care in the context of culturally and linguistically diverse patients', Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 43, pp. 1043 - 1046, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imj.12244
    • Kirby ER;Broom AF;Sibbritt DW;Refshauge KM;Adams J, 2013, 'Health care utilisation and out-of-pocket expenditure associated with back pain: A nationally representative survey of Australian women', PLoS ONE, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0083559
    • Broom A;Kirby E;Good P;Wootton J;Adams J, 2012, 'Specialists' experiences and perspectives on the timing of referral to palliative care: A qualitative study', Journal of Palliative Medicine, vol. 15, pp. 1248 - 1253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2012.0264
    • Broom AF;Kirby ER;Sibbritt DW;Adams J;Refshauge KM, 2012, 'Back pain amongst mid-age Australian women: A longitudinal analysis of provider use and self-prescribed treatments', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 20, pp. 275 - 282, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2012.05.003
    • Broom AF;Kirby ER;Sibbritt DW;Adams J;Refshauge KM, 2012, 'Use of complementary and alternative medicine by mid-age women with back pain: a national cross-sectional survey', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6882-12-98
    • Broom A;Sibbritt D;Nayar KR;Nilan P;Kirby E, 2012, 'What factors predict exposure to caste, political and religious violence in India? A cross - Sectional survey of 1000 Indian Men', Asian Social Science, vol. 9, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ass.v9n1p1
    • Broom A;Kirby E;Good P, 2012, 'Referral to specialist palliative care', Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 42, pp. 1040 - 1042, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1445-5994.2012.02879.x

Teaching

SRAP2002: Policy Analysis

Honours and prizes

2014: University of Queensland Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Early Career Reseacher Award

Professional contribution

Member: Editorial Board, Health Sociology Review (2015-present)

National Co-Convenor: Health Thematic Group, The Australian Sociological Association (2014-2016)

Co-Convenor: The Australian Sociological Association Conference, 2011, hosted by the University of Newcastle, NSW

Co-Convenor: UQualHealth Network, 2014-present

Member: Research Management Committee: Endeavour Colleges of Natural Health (2014-present)

 

Refereed Conference Papers

Broom, A., Kirby, E., Adams, J. and Good, P. (2011) On gender and morality in modern dying. Refereed Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Local Lives/Global Networks, University of Newcastle: Australia. ISBN:  978-0-646-56779-2

Kirby, E. (2008) Coexisting detraditionalization and retraditionalization in young white middle class women's marriage attitudes, Refereed Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Re-imagining Sociology, University of Melbourne, Victoria.

Conference and Poster Presentations

Lwin, Z., Kirby, E., Broom, A., Adams, J., & Good, P. (2014) Negotiating palliative care in the context of cultural and linguistic diversity: a qualitative study of interpreters’ experiences. Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, 6-8 August, 2014. Awarded Best Consultant Poster Prize ($5000).

Broom, A., Kirby, E., & Broom, J. (2014 forthcoming) Why are we unable to change antibiotic prescribing over time? A sociological analysis of the factors underpinning antibiotic use hospitals. III International Conference on Antimicrobial Research - ICAR2014, Madrid (Spain), 1-3 October.

Broom, A., Kirby, E., & MacArtney, J. (2013) Nursing toward the end of life. The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference. Monash University, Melbourne, 25-28 November, 2013.

MacArtney, J., Broom, A., & Kirby, E. (2013) Pathways to the end of life: Precariousness, uncertainty and fragmentation. The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference. Monash University, Melbourne, 25-28 November, 2013.

Kirby, E., & Broom, A. (2013) The terminal diagnosis in perspective: Medical specialists’ experiences of discussing the transition to palliative care. Presentation: Death, Dying and Disposal 11 International conference - Theory meets practice, 5th – 8th September 2013, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

Kirby, E. (2013) “I’m not a malingerer”. Women’s experiences of chronic back pain and the challenges to identity and credibility. Presentation: ICCMR 2013: Long Term Conditions: developing global, integrative and sustainable solutions, 8th annual congress of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR),11-13 April, 2013, Institute for Education, London, UK

Broom, A., & Kirby, E. Time to die? (2012) Presentation: The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Queensland.

Broom, A., & Kirby, E. (2012) The art of letting go: Referral to palliative care and its discontents. Presentation: British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Annual Conference, University of Leicester, UK. 5-7 September, 2012.

Kirby, E., & Broom, A. (2012) Navigating back pain care: and sociological study of women’s illness pathways within and between intersecting social worlds. Presentation: The Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1-4 August, 2012.

Broom, A., & Kirby, E. (2012) Masculinity, moralities and being cared for: An exploration of experiences of living and dying in a hospice. Presentation: The Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1-4 August, 2012.

Kirby, E. (2010) ‘Young Middle Class Women’s attitudes towards marriage: preliminary analysis of a qualitative longitudinal study’ TASA Annual Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney

Kirby, E. (2005) ‘The meanings of marriage for young women in the Newcastle and Lower Hunter region.  The quest for love, commitment, and a husband. TASA Annual Conference, University of Tasmania, Hobart

 

Affiliations and membership

Member: The Australian Sociological Association, 2005-present

 

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