• Professor Victor Minichiello Gerontologist, health sociologist, sexual health and public health researcher.

Professor Victor Minichiello, PhD, is an internationally recognized gerontologist, public health, health sociologist, and sexual health researcher who has published over 160 books, chapters in books, and refereed research articles in nationalĀ  and international medical, health and social sciences journals. He has written or edited ten books on ageing, HIV/AIDS and research methods. He has also presented papers at over 100 national and international scientific conferences.

In his role as Principal Investigator, Professor Minichiello has attracted over $40 million dollars from major programs and research grant proposals from competitive funding bodies, including international research collaboration in Canada with the University of British Columbia andĀ  University of Victoria, in the USA with University of California, Irvine and in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand.

Professor Minichiello was the former Section Editor for BioMedical Central Public Health, is an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, Conjoint Professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Emeritus Professor at the University of New England, and an External Expert for the Australian Government, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

Update News: Our book, Male Sex Work and Society, recently published (2014) by Harrington Park Press in New York and distributed by Columbia University Press, has received considerable media attention. Please listen to an interview on a New York City’s radio program about the book, http://glucksolutions.podomatic.com/entry/2014-12-19T07_06_18-08_00. You can also read some media coverage about the book in major newspapers in the United States, UK and Australia, see for example, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/07/male-sex-work-and-society_n_5766774.html; http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/books/2014/09/12/new-queer-cinema-renegotiating-male-hustlers; http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/family-relationships-and-sex/world-of-male-sex-workers-explored-in-new-book-20141118-11ot6e.html; and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11169544/Are-we-doing-enough-to-protect-male-sex-workers.html

We recently were awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant from the Australian Government that over the next three years will collect data on the challenges and needs of older LGBTI Australians and service providers, and develop essential resources so policymakers and service providers can reduce older LGBTI Australians’ health disparities.

We launched a website called www.aboutmaleescorting.com that promotes the decriminalisation and professionalisation of male escorting. In one of the blogs we describe the result of a survey of male escorting around the world. The data reveals that male escorting is a global phenomenon and male escorts attract both male and female clients.