Professor James Smith

Father Frank Flynn Fellow (Substance Misuse)


PhD, University of Adelaide, 2012; Diploma of Business Management, NT Department of Health & Families, 2009; Graduate Certificate in Public Health, University of Adelaide, 2006; Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training, Royal Adelaide Hospital, 2004; Bachelor of Applied Science Hons (Human Movement), University of South Australia, 2003; Bachelor of Education (Specialisation), University of South Australia, 2003; Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), University of South Australia, 2001


Darwin Royal Darwin Hospital


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, 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.

  1. Smith, J., Adams, M. & Bonson, J. (2018). Investment in men’s health in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia. 208 (1), 6-7.
  2. Smith, J. & Herriot, M. (2017). Positioning health promotion as a policy priority in Australia. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 28 (1), 5-7.
  3. Smith, J., Crawford, G. & Signal, L. (2016). The case of national health promotion policy in Australia: where to now? Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 27 (1), 61-65.
  4. Smith, J., Schmitt, D., Fereday, L. & Bonson, J. (2015). Ethics and health promotion within policy and practice contexts in a small jurisdiction: perspectives from the Northern Territory. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 26 (3), 231-234.
  5. Smith, J. (2014). Reflections on the framing of ‘health equity’ in the National Primary Health Care Strategic Framework: A cause for celebration or concern? Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 25 (1), 42-45.
  6. Smith, J., White, A., Richardson, N., Robertson, S. & Ward, M. (2009). The men’s health policy contexts in Australia, the UK & Ireland: Advancement or abandonment? Critical Public Health. 19 (3-4), 427-440.
  7. Smith, J., Braunack-Mayer, A., Wittert, G., & Warin, M. (2008). Qualities men value when communicating with GPs: Implications for primary care settings. Medical Journal of Australia. 189 (11/12), 618-621.
  8. Smith, J. & Robertson, S. (2008). Men’s health promotion: A new frontier in Australia and the UK? Health Promotion International. 23 (3), 283-289.
  9. Smith, J., Braunack-Mayer, A., Wittert, G. & Warin, M. (2008). “It’s sort of like being a detective”: Understanding how men self-monitor their health prior to seeking help and using health services. BMC Health Services Research. 8 (56), (doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-8-56)
  10. Smith, J., Braunack-Mayer, A. & Wittert, G. (2006). What do we know about men’s help-seeking and health service use? Medical Journal of Australia. 184 (2), 81-83 
  1. Alcohol harm minimisation investments welcomed by leading NT research institute

    Alcohol harm minimisation investments welcomed by leading NT research institute


    Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has welcomed the investment in alcohol harm minimisation strategies released today by the Northern Territory Government in The Northern Territory Alcohol Harm Minimisation Action Plan 2018-19.