Priorities in HIV prevention
by Dean Murphy
There has been a great deal of research on the attitudes of people in affected communities to new HIV prevention strategies. However, until recently little attention has been paid to the views of people who are involved in the design and implementation of HIV prevention work.
A recent study set out to address this gap by surveying the opinions of the HIV workforce to different prevention approaches.
Play Safe: an outstanding example of collaboration between research and health promotion practice
by Brooke Shepherd, Philippe Adam, Carolyn Murray, John de Wit, Nurse Nettie, and Chris Bourne
Play Safe wins Best in Class award for Education, 2014 Interactive Media Awards. Developed by NSW STIPU for the NSW Ministry of Health, Play Safe is a mass online intervention to promote condom use and testing for STIs among adolescents and young adults in NSW. Building on the experience gained in previous sexual health promotion initiatives and developed in collaboration with those who will be using it, the website aims to comprehensively address the sexual health needs of young people. Play
Safe is not just another website on sexual health. The website uses state-of-the-art online technology to power the sexual health promotion initiative, and is an outstanding example of collaboration of health promotion practice and research between NSW STIPU and CSRH.
Stigmatisation of people who inject illicit drugs
by Max Hopwood
Dr Max Hopwood from the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW appears in a recently released documentary which explores the dynamics of stigmatisation and discrimination against people who inject drugs.
In 2012, the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users’ League (AIVL) released a short film titled Afternoons with Max Marshall. This fifteen minute, high production-value film explores drugs, discrimination and the media. To complement this film, AIVL produced a further two short documentary films in December 2012.
The film and the accompanying documentaries are aimed at TAFE and university students, and any audience interested in understanding more about the social processes which underpin stigmatisation. It is hoped they will raise awareness about stigma and discrimination.
AIDS 2014 affiliated independent event
CSRH will be co-hosting a pre-conference symposium—Social Research and the response to HIV: Legacy and future—together with the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society on 18 July in Melbourne during the lead-up to AIDS 2014.
The symposium will provide an opportunity to take stock, and think about the future. Consisting of four inter-linked sessions—on past legacy, the present context, upcoming developments and future horizons—it will be of interest to social researchers, policy makers and activists alike.
Seats are limited to 90 so register quickly to express your interest in participating in this key event.
Postgraduate research at CSRH
This year, we welcome three new research students. Eva Buzo (supervised by Peter Aggleton and Joanne Bryant) will examine how men perceive themselves as agents of change and prevention in addressing sexual and gender-based violence in post-conflict settings, focused on Sri Lanka as a case study. Nyah Harwood (supervised by Max Hopwood, kylie valentine and Jake Rance) will explore how
trans people who inject drugs in Australia are constituted through harm reduction discourses. Nga Thi Thu Vu (supervised by John de Wit and Martin Holt) will investigate the use of amphetamine-type-stimulants in relation to HIV-related sexual behaviours among MSM in Vietnam.
Four of our research students will graduate in June. Doctorates will be awarded to Denton Callander for a thesis (supervised by Martin Holt and Christy Newman) exploring concepts of race among gay men looking for sex or dates online, Maude Frances for a thesis (supervised by Carla Treloar and Joanne Bryant) on internet practices among people with hepatitis C, and Dean Murphy for a thesis (supervised by Asha Persson and Christy Newman) on kinship among gay men pursuing parenthood through surrogacy. Hannah Wilson will be awarded an MA by Research for a thesis (supervised by Joanne Bryant and Loren Brener) on the potential role of tattooists in delivering harm reduction to at risk clients.
Postgraduate Research Program
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20th International AIDS Conference • 20–25 July
This conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward. CSRH is co-hosting a not-to-be missed pre-conference symposium. See main articles. Read more...
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CSRH 2014 Seminar Series
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