Dr Gemma Nourse

 Gemma Nourse

Gemma is a Research Associate with the Drugs, Gender and Sexuality program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. She completed her PhD in 2022, which examined the co-constitution of performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs), health and masculinity in Australia. Her PhD was supervised by Professor Suzanne Fraser and Professor David Moore, and was awarded the La Trobe University’s Nancy Millis Medal for outstanding postgraduate theses. This research contributed to Australian Research Council-funded project on PIED injecting among Australian men undertaken by the Drugs, Gender and Sexuality Research Program and partners.

Gemma has recently begun researching hepatitis C treatment and efforts to address blood-borne virus-related stigma in healthcare.


  • PhD, La Trobe University
  • Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies, University of Sydney
  • BA (Hons), Australian National University

Research Interests

  • Gender, illicit drug use, ideas of addiction, ideas of health, the body