Jake Rance

Research Associate
BA (Hons) Class 1, The University of Sydney, 1991
Centre for Social Research in Health

Contact

+61 2 9385 4743
Room 322, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Public Health and Health Services, Sociology, Social Theory, Other Studies in Human Society
Tags: Social Structure and Health, Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society

Research

Jake is an early career researcher (ECR) with a disciplinary background in social anthropology, political science and cultural studies. Jake has a longstanding interest in the potential of qualitative research to challenge the stigmatising and pathologising accounts commonplace within conventional explanations of injecting drug use. He is committed to innovative conceptual approaches to injecting drug use that recognise individual subjectivity alongside the constitutive power of socio-economic and cultural systems.

Jake has a BA (Hons) Class 1 in Social Anthropology from The University of Sydney and received an Australian Postgraduate Award from the University of Technology Sydney. Jake joined the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) following nearly a decade working in harm reduction services in Sydney’s Kings Cross, including a number of years as the Counselling Unit Manager of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC). Jake is part of the hepatitis C team and is currently working on several major projects:

  • STOP-C: A partnership project to investigate the feasibility of HCV treatment as prevention in the prison setting
  • my health, our family: documenting stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C

Jake works closely with government and non-government organisations engaged in advocacy, health promotion and service provision for people who use illicit drugs. His community involvement includes the following advisory roles: User’s News Editorial Advisory Committee (NUAA), South East Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Hepatitis C Health Promotion & Prevention Advisory Group, and the SESLHD Drug and Alcohol Consumer Participation Project Advisory Committee. Jake is also a community member of the New South Wales Users' and AIDS Association (NUAA), Harm Reduction Australia, (HRA), Unharm, and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

Publications

    Journal articles

    • Fraser S;Treloar C;Gendera S;Rance J, 2017, '‘Affording’ new approaches to couples who inject drugs: A novel fitpack design for hepatitis C prevention', International Journal of Drug Policy, pp. 19 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2017.07.001
    • Gray RM;Green R;Bryant J;Rance J;MacLean S, 2017, 'How ‘Vulnerable’ young people describe their interactions with police: building positive pathways to drug diversion and treatment in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia', Police Practice and Research, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2017.1347787
    • Rhodes T;Rance J;Fraser S;Treloar C, 2017, 'The intimate relationship as a site of social protection: Partnerships between people who inject drugs', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 180, pp. 125 - 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.03.012
    • Rance J;Treloar C;Fraser S;Bryant J;Rhodes T, 2017, '“Don't think I'm going to leave you over it”: Accounts of changing hepatitis C status among couples who inject drugs', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 173, pp. 78 - 84, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.12.020
    • Rance J;Rhodes T;Fraser S;Bryant J;Treloar C, 2016, 'Practices of partnership: Negotiated safety among couples who inject drugs', Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459316660859
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Bryant J;Fraser S, 2016, 'Harm reduction workers and the challenge of engaging couples who inject drugs in hepatitis C prevention', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 168, pp. 170 - 175, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.09.010
    • Brener L;Lea T;Rance J;Wilson H;Bryant J;Ezard N, 2016, 'Providing a model of health care service to stimulant users in Sydney', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2016.1221061
    • Fraser S;Rance J;Treloar C, 2016, 'Hepatitis C prevention and convenience: why do people who inject drugs in sexual partnerships ‘run out’ of sterile equipment?', Critical Public Health, vol. 26, pp. 294 - 306, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2015.1036839
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Bryant J;Fraser S, 2016, 'Understanding decisions made about hepatitis C treatment by couples who inject drugs', Journal of Viral Hepatitis, vol. 23, pp. 89 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jvh.12451
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Yates K;Mao L, 2016, 'Trust and people who inject drugs: The perspectives of clients and staff of Needle Syringe Programs', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 27, pp. 138 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.08.018
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Bath N;Everingham H;Micallef M;Day C;Hazelwood S;Grebely J;Dore GJ, 2015, 'Evaluation of two community-controlled peer support services for assessment and treatment of hepatitis C virus infection in opioid substitution treatment clinics: The ETHOS study, Australia', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 26, pp. 992 - 998, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.01.005
    • Fraser S;Rance J;Treloar C, 2015, 'Hepatitis C prevention and convenience: why do people who inject drugs in sexual partnerships ‘run out’ of sterile equipment?', Critical Public Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2015.1036839
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Yates K;Mao L, 2014, 'Trust and people who inject drugs: The perspectives of clients and staff of Needle Syringe Programs', International Journal of Drug Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.08.018
    • Rance J;Treloar C, 2014, ''Not just Methadone Tracy': Transformations in service-user identity following the introduction of hepatitis C treatment into Australian opiate substitution settings', Addiction, vol. 109, pp. 452 - 459, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12392
    • Rance J;Treloar C, 2014, ''We are people too': Consumer participation and the potential transformation of therapeutic relations within drug treatment', International Journal of Drug Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.05.002
    • Treloar C;Rance J, 2014, 'How to build trustworthy hepatitis C services in an opioid treatment clinic? A qualitative study of clients and health workers in a co-located setting', International Journal of Drug Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.01.011
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Dore GJ;Grebely J, 2013, 'Barriers and facilitators for assessment and treatment of hepatitis C virus infection in the opioid substitution treatment setting: Insights from the ETHOS study', Journal of Viral Hepatitis, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jvh.12183
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Grebely J;Dore GJ, 2013, 'Client and staff experiences of a co-located service for hepatitis C care in opioid substitution treatment settings in New South Wales, Australia', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 133, pp. 529 - 534, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.07.023
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Backmund M, 2013, 'Understanding barriers to hepatitis c virus care and stigmatization from a social perspective', Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/cit263
    • Rance J;Newland J;Hopwood M;Treloar C, 2012, 'The politics of place(ment): Problematising the provision of hepatitis C treatment within opiate substitution clinics', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 74, pp. 245 - 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.10.003
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Laybutt B;Crawford S, 2012, 'Structural constraints on the training of peer educators in hepatitis C prevention', Health Education Research, vol. 27, pp. 248 - 257, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/her/cyr094
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Madden A;Liebelt L, 2011, 'Evaluation of consumer participation demonstration projects in five australian drug user treatment facilities: The impact of individual versus organizational stability in determining project progress', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 46, pp. 969 - 979, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2010.540289
    • Rance J;Fraser S, 2011, 'Accidental intimacy: Emotional transformation and the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre', Contemporary Drug Problems, vol. 38, pp. 121 - 145, http://www.federallegalpublications.com/contemporary-drug-problems/201106/cdp-2011-38-1-contemporary-drug-problems-vol-38-no-1-spring-2011
    • Treloar C;Newland J;Rance J;Hopwood M, 2010, 'Uptake and delivery of hepatitis C treatment in opiate substitution treatment: Perceptions of clients and health professionals', Journal of Viral Hepatitis, vol. 17, pp. 839 - 844, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2893.2009.01250.x
    • Treloar C;Rance J;Laybutt B;Crawford S, 2010, 'Working with the ‘hierarchy in the underworld’: insights for communication skills training with peer educators', Contemporary Drug Problems, vol. 37, pp. 639 - 657
    • Kimber J;Mattick RP;Kaldor J;Van Beek I;Gilmour S;Rance JA, 2008, 'Process and predictors of drug treatment referral and referral uptake at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 27, pp. 602 - 612, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09595230801995668

    Reports

    • Bryant J;Rance J;Lafferty L;Treloar C, 2017, Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour 2017: Viral Hepatitis in Australia, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/597ea9dc4fef2
    • Rance JA;Fraser S;Rhodes T;Bryant J;Treloar C, 2016, The CUPID Project: Understanding and preventing hepatitis C transmission within heterosexual couples, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/58d1bc317ac54
    • Brener L;Bryant J;Wilson H;Lea T;Rance J, 2016, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Drug and Alcohol Service, S-Check Clinic: Evaluation Report, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/57AA8C9E4A664
    • Green R;Bryant J;Gray R;Brown R;Best D;Rance J;MacLean S, 2015, ‘Vulnerable young people who use alcohol and other drugs: A study exploring policing and pathways to diversion and care in two Australian states’, Melbourne: Turning Point; Sydney: Centre for Social Research in Health
    • Wilson H;Morris B;Rance J;Treloar C, 2013, Evaluation of The CHANGE Project, National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales, Sydney
    • Rance J;Treloar C, 2012, Integrating Treatment: Key findings from a qualitative evaluation of the Enhancing Treatment of Hepatitis C in Opiate Substitution Settings, National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Integrating treatment: key findings from a qualitative evaluation of the Enhancing Treatment of Hepatitis C in Opiate Substitution Settings (ETHOS) study, http://nchsr.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Integrating_treatment.pdf
    • Treloar C;Madden A;Rance J;Santana L, 2010, Treatment Service Users Project: Phase Two Final Report, Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Using League (AIVL), Canberra
    • Rance J;Treloar C;de Wit J, 2009, Final Report: NSW Health Mid-Term Review 2009: Key Informant Interviews, National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales, NSW Ministry of Health

    Conference Presentations

    • Rance JA;Treloar C;Rhodes T;Fraser S;Bryant J, 2016, '‘He’s the only person I’ll share with': Accounts of needle-syringe sharing and negotiated safety among couples who inject drugs', presented at 14th Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Related Diseases, Sydney, 31 March - 01 April 2016
    • Rance J;Treloar C, 2016, ''I’m always going to be with you, so don’t worry': Accounts of changing hepatitis C serostatus among couples who inject drugs', presented at 14th Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Related Diseases, Sydney, 31 March - 01 April 2016

Professional contribution

Jake works closely with government and non-government organisations (NGO) engaged in advocacy, health promotion and service provision for people who use illicit drugs.

Jake currently sits on a number of advisory boards: the User’s News Editorial Advisory Committee (NUAA); South East Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Hepatitis C Health Promotion & Prevention Advisory Group; and the SESLHD Drug and Alcohol Consumer Participation Project Advisory Committee. 

Affiliations and membership

Jake is a member of the NSW Users and AIDS Assoication (NUAA), the peak drug-user advocate organisation in NSW, Australia; Unharm, a not-for-profit charity committed to campaigning for fair and pragmatic alternatives to existing drug policies; Harm Reduction Australia (HRA), a national membership-based organisation committed to reducing the health, social and economic harms potentially associated with drug use; and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), a leading US-based NGO that campaigns for compassionate, scientifically-informed responses to drug use.

 

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Grants

MacLean, Bryant, Best, Room, Wilson, Bruun, Rance (2012-2014) ‘Characteristics of vulnerable young people in inner-city areas who use alcohol and other drugs: policing and pathways to diversion and care’. National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF): $173, 942.

Treloar, Rance (2012-2014) ‘Evaluation of NUAA’s Consumer Participation in Drug treatment Project’. NSW Users & AIDS Association (NUAA): $104,102.

Selected conferences & invited presentations

Rance, J. & Treloar, C.  (2016, March) I’m always going to be with you, so don’t worry’: Accounts of changing hepatitis C serostatus among couples who inject drugs. Paper presented at the 14th Social Research Conference on HIV, viral hepatitis and related diseases, Sydney.

Rance, J., Treloar, C. Rhodes, T., Fraser, S., Bryant, J. & Fraser, S. ‘He’s the only person I’ll share with’: Accounts of needle-syringe sharing and negotiated safety among couples who inject drugs. Part of a symposium, ‘Risk, relationships and belonging: social research with couples affected by HIV or hepatitis C”, held at the 14th Social Research Conference on HIV, viral hepatitis and related diseases, Sydney.

Rance, J., Treloar, C. Rhodes, T., Fraser, S., Bryant, J. & Fraser, S. (2015, October). ‘It’s not only my life I got to worry about’: accounts of needle-syringe sharing and negotiated safety among couples who inject drugs. Paper presented at the 4th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Use, Manly, Sydney.

Rance, J. (2015, October). The Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre: a harm reduction case study. Invited presentation to ‘Health in Schools and other Educational Settings: An Integrated Approach course’ (EDST2093), UNSW Australia.

Rance, J., Fraser, S., Bryant, J. & Treloar, C. (2014, September). Negotiating risk, navigating relationship: accounts of needle-syringe sharing within romantic partnerships. Paper presented at the 9th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Alice Springs.

Rance, J. & Treloar, C. (2014, February). “A Place To Say Something”: Drug treatment, the ‘therapeutic alliance’ & the possibilities of consumer participation. Paper presented at the 13th Social Research Conference on HIV, viral hepatitis and related diseases, Sydney.

Rance, J. (2013, February). WHO Guidance (2012) key recommendation: ‘It is suggested to offer peer interventions to people who inject drugs to reduce the incidence of viral hepatitis’. Invited discussant at Forum 1, NUAA Wonders Symposia, Sydney.

Rance, J. & Treloar, C. (2012, September).  Providing hepatitis C care and treatment in opiate substitution settings: A qualitative evaluation of four ETHOS sites.  Paper presented at the 8th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Auckland.

Rance, J. & Treloar, C. (2012, April). ‘There’s only win-win-win’: stories of hepatitis C treatment and transformative possibility from opiate substitution clinics. Paper presented at ‘Silence & Articulation’, the 12th Social Research Conference on HIV, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases, Sydney.

Rance, J. & Treloar, C. (2011, November). Negotiating Care: Opiate substitution, hepatitis C treatment and the ‘risky’ client. Paper presented at the 16th Australian Sociological Society Conference, Newcastle.

Rance, J., Newland, J., Hopwood, M., & Treloar, C. (2010, September). 'The Politics of Place(ment): providing hepatitis C treatment within opiate substitution'. The 7th Australasian Viral Hepatitis conference, Melbourne.

Rance, J., Newland, J., Hopwood, M., & Treloar, C. (2010, April). 'The Politics of Place(ment): providing hepatitis C treatment within opiate substitution'. The 11th Social Research Conference on HIV, hepatitis C and related diseases, Sydney.

Rance, J. 'A Clinician’s Perspective'. (2006). Symposium, The Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre: the First Five Years, NSW Parliamentary Theatrette, Sydney.

Rance, J. 'Sydney’s Injecting Centre: Counsellor and Client'. (2006). The Statewide Needle and Syringe Program Workers’ Meeting, Sydney.

Rance, J., Kimber, J., van Beek, I. (2005). 'Working the Floor: the Role of the Counsellor within Sydney’s Injecting Centre'. The 16th International Harm Reduction Conference, Belfast.