Contact

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c.newman@unsw.edu.au
0457 241 386
 
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The Team

Associate Professor Christy Newman
Chief Investigator, Study Coordinator

Centre for Social Research in Health
Level 2, John Goodsell Building
UNSW NSW 2052

email:  c.newman@unsw.edu.au
phone: +61 2 9385 4717

Christy is a social researcher of health and relationships. She is devoted to understanding our diverse experiences of and responses to sexual health, infectious disease and chronic illness. She is passionate about promoting the value of sociological and qualitative approaches to these often culturally and politically sensitive areas of health. She believes that achieving an equitable, safe and responsive health system will require transdisciplinary thinking and collaboration. To this end, Christy aims to locate points of productive intersection between social and biomedical scientists, public health decision makers, and affected communities.

Dr Asha Persson
Senior Research Fellow, Chief Investigator

Centre for Social Research in Health
Level 2, John Goodsell Building
UNSW NSW 2052

email: a.persson@unsw.edu.au
phone: +61 2 9385 6414

Dr Asha Persson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, where over 15 years she has developed a research program that is not only conceptually innovative but also addresses concrete problems and informs practice. Her research aims to draw attention to the experiences and needs of previously hidden and under­researched populations in the HIV epidemic, including HIV­positive people with iatrogenic body shape changes, heterosexual men and women, children growing up with HIV, and serodiscordant couples. In opening up these areas of inquiry, her research has produced new scholarly knowledge of the cultural interplay between illness, medicine, gender, sexuality and society. This research has also contributed to local and international understandings and debates around these populations and has played a valuable role in local program design and service delivery for people living with HIV.

Associate Professor kylie valentine
Associate Professor, Chief Investigator

Social Policy Research Centre
Level 2, John Goodsell Building
UNSW NSW 2052

email: k.valentine@unsw.edu.au
phone: +61 2 9385 7825

Associate Professor kylie valentine is the Deputy Director and an Associate Professor at the Social Policy Research Centre, in UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. Her research interests include the impact of human services policies and programs; and the application of methods and concepts from the sociology of knowledge to new areas and concerns, with a specific focus on social disadvantage and exclusion. kylie conducts evaluation research on integrated service delivery and programs for children and families, and has expertise in qualitative methodologies and evaluation design. She has held significant leadership responsibilities in maintaining relationships with research partners in government and non­government agencies.

Dr Myra Hamilton
Research Fellow, Chief Investigator

Social Policy Research Centre
Level 2, John Goodsell Building
UNSW NSW 2052

email: m.hamilton@unsw.edu.au
phone: +61 2 9385 5504

Dr Myra Hamilton is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, in UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. She has developed a research program focused on understanding how families experience, understand and respond to health and illness at different stages of the lifecourse. Conceptually, her contribution has been to understanding the relationship between states, families and individuals in managing risks such as health and illness and the need to provide care at different stages of the lifecourse. It has extended current thinking about the concept of care and the impact it has on families and challenged an individualised approach to risk in favour of an approach that situates the experience and management of risk in social and familial contexts. Empirically, her research program has advanced knowledge of families’ involvement in managing health and illness. It has also had an explicit focus on, and made an important contribution to, improving policy and service provision for people experiencing adversity with a particular focus on supporting families and carers and has had a tangible impact on policy and
practice.

Dr Joanne Bryant
Senior Research Fellow, Chief Investigator

Centre for Social Research in Health
Level 2, John Goodsell Building
UNSW NSW 2052

email: j.bryant@unsw.edu.au
phone: +61 2 9385 6438

Dr Joanne Bryant is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. Her main areas of research include illicit and injecting drug use among vulnerable youth populations including homeless and disenfranchised young people, and Indigenous youth. She has published widely about issues relating to risk reduction, including about needle sharing between heterosexual couples, population level syringe coverage, and novel methods of harm reduction such as secondary exchange or peer distribution. Her main contributions to the fields of relevance to this project have been in understanding social aspects of hepatitis C prevention and treatment. This includes her notable contribution beginning in 2010 of identifying Hepatitis C serodiscordance in intimate heterosexual relationships as a necessary and important topic of academic enquiry.

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Dr Kerryn Drysdale
Research Associate

Centre for Social Research in Health
Level 2, John Goodsell Building
UNSW NSW 2052

email: k.drysdale@unsw.edu.au
phone: +61 2 9385 6412

Kerryn Drysdale is a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Research in Health, located within UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. Her disciplinary background is in cultural studies, with a particular focus on LGBTQ social scenes, identities and practices. She is currently working on a number of projects relating to blood-borne virus prevention and treatment. Kerryn’s interests lie broadly in LGBTQ cultures and social spaces, urban night time economies policy and planning, andsocial justice initiatives around substance use among same-sex attracted and sex/gender diverse people.

Mr Jake Rance
Research Associate

Centre for Social Research in Health
Level 2, John Goodsell Building
UNSW NSW 2052

email: jake.rance@unsw.edu.au
phone: +61 2 9385 4743

Jake Rance is a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia. He joined the Centre’s hepatitis research team following nearly a decade working in harm reduction services in Sydney’s Kings Cross, including a number of years as the Counselling Unit Manager at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre.

Dr Lise Lafferty
Research Associate

Centre for Social Research in Health
Level 2, John Goodsell Building
UNSW NSW 2052

email: llafferty@kirby.unsw.edu.au
phone: +61 (2) 9385 9264

Dr Lise Lafferty is a Research Associate, co-appointed across the Centre for Social Research in Health and The Kirby Institute, both at UNSW. She is currently working on a number of studies pertaining to prisoner health and wellbeing, Aboriginal health and wellbeing, blood-borne viruses, and social justice. Lise recently completed her PhD, titled, “Relationships Matter: Social capital theory and hepatitis C treatment uptake among men in prison, and has a community background working with diverse disadvantaged communities including people with disabilities, young people at risk of entering the criminal justice system, and Aboriginal communities.

Mr Jack Wallace
Research Fellow, Partner Investigator

Australian Research Centre in Sex,
Health and Society
La Trobe University

email: j.wallace@latrobe.edu.au
phone: +61 3 9479 8736

Jack Wallace is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University in Melbourne.   He has a Masters in Social Sciences (International Development). Jack has had a significant employment history in the public health and community responses to HIV, injecting drug use and viral hepatitis since 1986.   His role prior to undertaking full time research was establishing the national peak organisation representing people with hepatitis C, Hepatitis Australia where he was the Executive Officer between 1998 and 2005.   At ARCSHS, he has led in initiating a program of qualitative investigation of non­clinical perspectives of chronic hepatitis B at individual and systems levels, including as Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council funded, Strengthening community responses to hepatitis B. He has had significant experience in developing viral hepatitis public policy including as a member of the writing group for the first national hepatitis C strategy in 1999, and as the lead writer for the first national hepatitis B strategy in 2010.   He is an Executive Member of the Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific.