Dr Pol McCann

Dr Pol McCann

School:

School of Counselling

Position:

Lecturer

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Pól currently teaches Cultural Diversity at ACAP and coordinates the nine supervision units which support students on their clinical placements.

He has taught at the University of Sydney, the University of Western Sydney, the University of Tasmania and most recently was the Head of Academic Studies at the Jansen Newman Institute.

Pól was a researcher and National Program Manager at the University of New South Wales, conducting research into blood-borne viruses, sexual health, drug use, depression, vaccines, and the role of pleasure in decisions men make about sexual behaviour. He has presented this work, and his own research in Australian masculinity and sexuality in Australia, New Zealand, Wales and Germany.

Journal Articles

  • Down, I., Wilson, D., McCann, P.D., Gray, R., Hoare, A., Bradley, J., Donovan, B and Prestage, G.P. (2012) Increasing gay men's testing rates and enhancing partner notification can reduce the incidence of syphilis. Sexual Health. 9(5) pp 472-480.
  • Prestage, G.P., Down, I., Bradley, J., McCann, P.D.,Brown, G., and Jin, F (2012) Is optimism enough? Gay men's beliefs about HIV and their perspectives on risk and pleasure. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 39(3) pp167-172.
  • Prestage, G.P., Gray, R., Down, I., Hoare, A., McCann, P.D., and Wilson, D. (2012) The Development of Australia’s National Syphilis Action Plan is Based in Interdisciplinary Research Findings. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 5 (11) pp.239-262.
  • Gray, R.T. Hoare, A., McCann, P.D., Bradley, J., Down, I., Donovan, B., Prestage, G.P. and Wilson, D.P. (2010). Will changes in gay men’s sexual behavior reduce syphilis rates? Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 38(2) pp1151-8.
  • McCann, P.D.,  Gray, R., Hoare, A., Bradley, J., Down, I., ., Donovan, B., Wilson, D., and Prestage, G.P. (2011) Would gay men change their sexual behavior to reduce syphilis rates? Sexually Transmitted Diseases 38(12) pp 1145-1150.
  • Wilson, D.P., Prestage, G.P., Gray, R.T., Hoare, A., McCann, P.D., Guy, R.J., Drummond, F., Klausner, J.D., Donovan, B. and Kaldor, J. (2010). Chemoprophylaxis is likely to be acceptable and could mitigate syphilis epidemics among populations of gay men. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 38 (7) pp 573-9.
  • McCann, P.D., Minichiello, V.M., and Plummer, D.C (2010) Being the butt of the joke: Homophobic humour, male identity, and its connection to emotional and physical violence for men. Health Sociology Review. 19 (4) pp 505-521.
  • Treloar, C., McCann, P.D. and Maher, L. (2010) “Fitness for duty”: Social, organisation and structural influences on the design and conduct of candidate hepatitis C vaccine trial involving people how inject drugs. Vaccine 28(32):pp 5228-36.
  • Prestage, G., McCann, P.D., Hurley, M., Bradley, J., Down, I. and Brown, G. (2009) PASH: Pleasure and Sexual Health. The PASH Study. National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, UNSW
  • McCann, P.D., Minichiello, V.M., and Plummer, D.C. (2009) Is homophobia inevitable? Evidence that explores the constructed nature of homophobia, and the techniques through which men unlearn it, Journal of Sociology. 45 (2) pp 201-220. Note:  this article was the most downloaded article from the Journal of sociology in 2009.
  • McCann, P.D. and Minichiello, V.M (2010) Discourse analysis: effects on the researcher, in V. Minichiello and J. Kottler (eds) Journeys in Qualitative Research, Sage Publications. pp 219- 237.
  • McCann, P.D. and Madden, A. (2008). A view into the future: What would a hepatitis C vaccine look like and when might it arrive? NUAA Users’ News, 53, p 30.
  • Plummer, D.C. and McCann, P.D. (2007) Girls’ Germs: Gender, Sexuality, Health and Metaphors of Contagion, Health Sociology Review. 1 (16) pp 43-52.
  • McCann P.D. (2007) Homophobia, Sport and the Group Socialisation of Australian Men, Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Research - Published Proceedings of the Annual Postgraduate Research Conference of Faculty of Education, Health, and Professional Services, The University of New England, Armidale. pp 235-239.
  • Bowers, R., Plummer, D.C., McCann P.D., McConaghy, C and Irwin, L. (2005) How We Manage Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Public Health System: A Research Report, The University of New England/Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health.
  • McCann P.D. (2004) Homophobia and Heterosexuality: Implications for Research into the Construction of Male Identity, International Journal of the Humanities 2(2), pp 1373-1379.
  • McCann, P.D, Plummer, D., Minichiello, V. & Kippax, S. (2003). You big girl! Sexuality, gender and the construction of the Australian male, [Abstract] in The Australian Sociological Association (Eds.), The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association. New Times, New Worlds, New Ideas: Sociology Today and Tomorrow (p. 144), The University of New England, Armidale.
  • McCann, P.D. (2002) So many men: where gay men learn to adopt a promiscuous role, [Abstract] in J. Richters (Ed.), Health in Difference IV: Program and Abstracts p 32, Australian Centre for Lesbian and Gay Research, Sydney.

Book Chapter

McCann, P.D. and Minichiello, V.M (2010) Discourse analysis: effects on the researcher, in V. Minichiello and J. Kottler (eds) Journeys in Qualitative Research, Sage Publications. pp 219- 237.

Conference Presentations

  • McCann, P.D. (2014) Internet-mediated supervision: A vision to the future? NPI Conference, Sydney.
  • McCann, P.D., Maher, L., Treloar, C. and Mooney-Somers, J (2008). ‘Concerns of injecting drug users regarding trials of hepatitis C vaccines.’ Poster presentation at Harm Reduction Conference, Barcelona. 
  • McCann, P.D. & Stott, S. (November 2006)  Making The Bubble Bigger for Queer Youth: A Health Promotion Assessment of the Needs of Same-Sex Attracted & Gender Diverse Young People in the Inner West & Canterbury. The Youth Health Conference. South Western Sydney area Health Service, Sydney.
  • McCann P.D. (August 2006) ‘Homophobia, Sport and the Group Socialisation of Australian Men’ Annual Postgraduate Research Conference of Faculty of Education, Health, and Profession Services. The University of New England.
  • McCann P.D., Minichiello V, and  Plummer D (December 2005) The right male body: Physicality and sport, and their roles in creating the right masculine persona. Paper presented at The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association, The University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • McCann P.D., Plummer D, and Minichiello V (December 2005) Just a Joke: The use of homophobic humour in controlling the gender presentations of Australian men. Paper presented at The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association, The University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • McCann, P.D. (December 2004). Homophobic Distance: The Impact of Interpersonal and Geographical Space between Gay and Straight Men. Paper presented at The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, La Trobe University, Beechworth, Victoria.
  • Puls, R., Fielden, R., McCann P.D., Haire, B. and Bebbington, M., (July 2004). Determinants of Enrolment: Why people enquired, but chose not to participate in an Australian prophylactic HIV vaccine clinical trial. Poster presentation at International AIDS Conference, Bangkok.
  • McCann, P.D. (July 2004). Homophobia and Heterosexuality: Implications for Research into the Construction of Male Identity. Paper presented at The Humanities Conference, La Trobe University, Prato, Italy.
  • McCann, P.D. (July 2004) Interviewing the “Other” Power dynamics in interviews on homophobia. Paper presented at Pleasure and Danger Revisited, International Conference of Gender and Sexualities, The University of Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales.
  • McCann, P.D. (December 2003). You big girl! Sexuality, gender and the construction of the Australian male. Paper presented at The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association. New Times, New Worlds, New Ideas: Sociology Today and Tomorrow, The University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales.
  • McCann, P.D. (November 2002). So many men: where gay men learn to adopt a promiscuous role. Paper presented at Health in Difference 4: Fourth National Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual Health Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney.

Research Grants

Australian Research Council – Linkage PhD Scholarship (2003-2006: $80,000)