Gahan Luke

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Dr Luke Gahan

Research Fellow

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, La Trobe University

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As a sociologist, Luke’s interests lie in the sociology of health and illness, as well as relationships and family, ethnicity and culture, religion and spirituality, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) health. It’s a natural fit for Luke to lead the InROADs project which explores ethnicity and blood donation. We hope to use the research from this project to increase representation of ethnic minorities among the Australian donor panel.

Luke was awarded his PhD from La Trobe University where he’s currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow. He’s lectured and taught in Sociology at Melbourne, La Trobe, Swinburne, and Federation Universities. He’s a big believer in translational research and previously turned his doctoral research into workshops and seminars that he’s delivered around Australia.

  • Professor Anthony Smith Conference Award (2013)
  • Study Abroad Scholarship for Academic Achievement (2008)
  • Sociology Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ)
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • Associate Editor – Health Sociology Review journal
  • Representative on the Ballarat Health Community Advisory Committee
  • Former Secretary and executive member of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

Key publications

* "Build Rapport, Otherwise No Screening Tools in the World Are Going to Help": Frontline Service Providers' Views on Current Screening Tools for Elder Abuse
Brijnath B, Gahan L, Gaffy E, Dow B
* Barriers to Disclosing Elder Abuse and Taking Action in Australia
Dow B, Gahan L, Gaffy E, Joosten M, Vrantsidis F, Jarred M
Journal of Family Violence.
* Experiences of and responses to disempowerment, violence, and injustice within the relational lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people
Gahan L, Almack K
Journal of Sociology.
* Separation and Post-Separation Parenting within Lesbian and Gay Co-parenting (Guild Parented) Families
Gahan L
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.
* Advancing methodologies to increase end-user engagement with complex interventions: The case of co-designing the Australian elder abuse screening instrument (AuSI)
Gahan L, Gaffy E, Dow B, Brijnath B
Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect.

* This research was completed prior to starting with Lifeblood