The main focus of our research is the sexual health of population groups, including young people, LGBTIQ+, people living with HIV and sex workers. We take a human rights based approach to our research and examine sexual health through the lens of the social determinants of sexual health. We have a focus on maintaining strong collaborative research partnerships with community organisations and engage in community participatory research. 

We have expertise in innovative research methods including longitudinal qualitive research, life course approaches, service evaluation, write and draw techniques and mixed methods. Our research informs service provision and policy development. We embed our research into teaching.

We receive funding from many sources including, the Australian Research Council, Queensland Health, Viiv Healthcare, Queensland Positive People, Western Australian Department of Health, Western Australia AIDS Council and the Queensland Aids Council. We collaborate with these organisations as well as many university institutions including Monash University, UNSW and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

Partners

  • Queensland Positive People
  • Open Doors
  • Queensland Health
  • Viiv Healthcare
  • Australian Research Council
  • Queensland AIDS Council
  • TRUE
  • RESPECT INC
  • Monash University
  • UNSW
  • Two Spirits

Current projects

  • Community dissemination and education for people living with HIV (2018–2019) 
  • Co-constructing care for people with HIV: The role of peer navigation in improving linkage to care. (2016-2018) 
  • Social marketing campaign to improve HIV (testing) literacy in gender variant/sexually diverse young people. (2018). 
  • A community based intervention to increase HIV knowledge and prevention practices in gender variant and sexually diverse young people in Queensland (2017-2019)
  • GP IUD Inserter Network Evaluation. (2018)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the Queensland Pre Exposure Prophylaxis Demonstration Project. (2016-2018)
  • Factors influencing the HIV testing to treatment trajectory within a Queensland context (2015-2019)
  • Factors influencing male and transgender sex workers’ access to sexual health care, HIV testing and support (2016-2018)
  • Taking the lead on Testing GenXpert MPOCT CT/Ng in Urban Peer led service plus extension
  • #comePrepd to Dine: The Dinner Party Conversation Project. Exploring community attitudes to Pre Exposure Prophylaxis in Queensland. (2016-2018)