Dr Tim Wong

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
BA (Macq), MA (USyd), MA (Macq), PhD (UWS)
School of Social Sciences

Contact

9385 8021
Room 301, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Cancer and related disorders, Sociology
Tags: Cancer and Related Disorders, Carer Health, Cultural Understanding

Tim is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Practical Justice Initiative, and the School of Social Sciences. His role within the ‘health and illness stream’ focuses on conducting research projects on health, illness and wellbeing including qualitative interviews, data analysis and dissemination of research findings through peer-reviewed publications. His research interests are to explore the experiences of living with chronic illnesses and quality of life issues through qualitative research methods, and to interrogate the experiences of health, illness and healthcare. His research has been centred on people’s experiences of living with HIV and cancer, subjective understanding of survivorship, and the subjective and relational impact of chronic illnesses. Tim is currently exploring the experiences of oncologists on a subjective and broader professional level. Tim has published in journals that focus on theoretically informed work on health and illness (e.g. Qualitative Health Research, Social Theory & Health).

He is also a registered psychologist who began his career in both government and non-government organisations as a direct care worker supporting people with intellectual disabilities, and as an educator and counsellor specialising in sexuality and disability. He was also a Professional Member of the Guardianship Tribunal NSW. He worked for over 15 years in HIV and AIDS health care by providing psychological and emotional support to people living with the disease. His work in HIV and AIDS led him to pursue academic research in this area, which in turn led him to cancer research with emphases on the experiences of informal cancer carers, the impact of cancer on sexuality and relationships, fertility, and quality of life issues. Since completing his PhD, he has worked in the Schools of Psychology and Medicine at the University of Western Sydney, as Manager of Advocacy and Resources at Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, and in the Psychosocial Research Group, School of Medicine at UNSW before joining the Practical Justice Initiative at the School of Social Sciences.

Research

Research Studies:

  • ARC Linkage Project: Communicaiton skills training for oncology health care professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse patients (Senior Research Officer, UNSW, 2014-2015)
  • ARC Linkage Project: The construction and experience of fertility in the context of cancer: patient, partner and health professional perspectives (Associate Research Fellow, University of Western Sydney, 2011-2012)
  • ARC Linkage Project: Multiple perspectives on sexuality and intimacy post-cancer, leading to the development and evaluation of supportive interventions (Research Officer, University of Western Sydney, 2008-2011)
  • ARC Linkage Project: An evaluation of concerns, self-perceived needs, and supportive interventions, for informal cancer carers: a comparative study of female and male carers (Research Officer, University of Western Sydney, 2007-2008)

Theses:

  • The ‘Lazarus Experience’ – People with HIV making sense of their lives in the post-treatment era (PhD thesis, University of Western Sydney, 2007).
  • The psychosocial impact of the anti-HIV combination drug treatments on people living with HIV and AIDS (MA thesis, Macquarie University, 1998).


Publications

    Book Chapters

    • Ussher J; Perz J; Gilbert E; Hawkins Y; Wong WKT, 2012, 'Sexuality and intimacy in the context of cancer', in Mohan R (ed.), Topics in Cancer Survivorship, pp. 73 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/25063

    Journal articles

    • Chen Y; Peate M; Kaur R; Meiser B; Wong T; Kirk J; Ward RL; Goodwin A; Macrae F; Hiller J, 2017, 'Exploring clinicians’ attitudes about using aspirin for risk reduction in people with Lynch Syndrome with no personal diagnosis of colorectal cancer', Familial Cancer, vol. 16, pp. 99 - 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10689-016-9933-1
    • Broom A; Wong WKT; 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
    • Gibson AF; Wong T, 2016, 'Recruiting participants in LGB health research: Critical reflections', Psychology of Sexualities Review, vol. 7, pp. 78 - 82
    • Gilbert E; Ussher JM; Perz J; Wong WKT; Hobbs K; Mason C, 2013, 'Men's experiences of sexuality after cancer: a material discursive intra-psychic approach', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 15, pp. 881 - 895, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2013.789129
    • Ussher JM; Perz J; Gilbert E; Wong WKT; Mason C; Hobbs K; Kirsten L, 2013, 'Talking about sex after cancer: A discourse analytic study of health care professional accounts of sexual communication with patients', Psychology and Health, vol. 28, pp. 1370 - 1390, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2013.811242
    • Ussher JM; Perz J; Gilbert E; Wong WKT; Hobbs K, 2013, 'Renegotiating sex and intimacy after cancer: Resisting the coital imperative', Cancer Nursing, vol. 36, pp. 454 - 462, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0b013e3182759e21
    • Ussher JM; Sandoval M; Perz J; Wong WKT; Butow P, 2013, 'The gendered construction and experience of difficulties and rewards in cancer care', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 23, pp. 900 - 915, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732313484197
    • Ussher JM; Rhyder-Obid M; Perz J; Rae M; Wong TWK; Newman P, 2012, 'Purity, Privacy and Procreation: Constructions and Experiences of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Assyrian and Karen Women Living in Australia', Sexuality and Culture, vol. 16, pp. 467 - 485, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12119-012-9133-6
    • Riley EA; Tim Wong WK; Sitharthan G, 2011, 'Counseling support for the forgotten transgender community', Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, vol. 23, pp. 395 - 410, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2011.590779
    • Ussher JM; Wong WKT; Perz J, 2011, 'A qualitative analysis of changes in relationship dynamics and roles between people with cancer and their primary informal carer', Health, vol. 15, pp. 650 - 667, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459310367440
    • Wong WKT; Ussher J, 2009, 'Bereaved informal cancer carers making sense of their palliative care experiences at home', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 17, pp. 274 - 282, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2008.00828.x
    • Wong WKT; Ussher J; Perz J, 2009, 'Strength through adversity: Bereaved cancer carers' accounts of rewards and personal growth from caring', Palliative and Supportive Care, vol. 7, pp. 187 - 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1478951509000248
    • Wong WKT; Ussher JM, 2008, 'Life with HIV and AIDS in the Era of Effective Treatments: 'It's Not Just about Living Longer!'', Social Theory and Health, vol. 6, pp. 117 - 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/sth.2008.4
    • Wong WKT; Ussher J, 2008, 'How do subjectively-constructed meanings ascribed to anti-HIV treatments affect treatment-adherent practice?', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 18, pp. 458 - 468, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732308314852

    Reports

    • Wong WKT; Lowe S; Lowe A, 2014, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities and Prostate Cancer - 2014 Community Attitudes Survey, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
    • Lowe A; Wong T; Lowe S, 2013, Prostate Cancer: the Next Generation - 2013 Community Attitudes Survey, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
    • Wong WKT; Lowe A; Dowsett GW; Duncan D; O'Keeffee D; Mitchell A, 2013, Prostate cancer information needs of Australian gay and bisexual men, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
    • Ussher JM; Rae M; Rhyder-Obid M; Perz J; Newman P; Wong WKT, 2011, Reproductive and Sexual Health Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities in Western Sydney, University of Western Sydney
    • Ussher JM; Perz J; Gilbert E; Wong WKT; Butow P; Wain G; Hobbs K; Kirsten L; Sandoval M, 2010, An evaluation of concerns, self-perceived needs and supportive interventions for informal cancer carers: A comparative study of female and male carers. Report of the findings of an ARC Linkage grant, University of Western Sydney
    • Wong WKT; Perz J; Hawkins Y, 2009, Playing for Success Program – “Tackle It Now Project”. Final evaluation report 2007 – 2009, University of Western Sydney
    • Wong WKT; Perz J, 2009, Healthy Active Australia Community and Schools Grants Program – Panther Bytes. Final Evaluation Report, University of Western Sydney

Affiliations and membership

Register Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Member of the Australian Psychological Society

Other information

Resource Development: 

  • Effective Communication in Oncology (ECCO) Training Program – Online training modules designed specifically for oncology healthcare professionals to increase and enhance skills and understanding when working with people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background (Psychosocial Research Group, UNSW Australia)
  • Sexuality, Intimacy and Cancer – A self-help guide for people with cancer and their partners (Gender, Culture and Health Research: PsyHealth, University of Western Sydney)
  • Localised Prostate Cancer Pack – 4 booklets specifically for men with localised prostate cancer covering issues relating to diagnosis, treatment, side effects and wellbeing (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia)
  • Advanced Prostate Cancer Pack – 4 booklets specifically for men with advanced prostate cancer covering issues relating to diagnosis, treatment, side effects and wellbeing (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia)
  • Gay and Bisexual Men Pack – 4 booklets specifically for gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer covering issues relating to diagnosis, treatment, side effects and wellbeing (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia)
  • Younger Men Pack – 4 booklets specifically for younger men with prostate cancer covering issues relating to diagnosis, treatment, side effects and wellbeing (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia)
  • Partners and Carers Pack – 4 booklets specifically for partners and carers of men with prostate cancer covering issues relating to diagnosis, treatment, side effects and wellbeing (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia)
  • What you need to know about prostate cancer? – Information booklet for the general population (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia)