Links to the latest research reports authored by Centre for Social Research in Health staff can also be found under Latest Reports.

You can also find copies of our reports in UNSWorks, the UNSW Open Access institutional repository. 

3D project: diagnosis, disclosure, discrimination and living with hepatitis C

The aim of this project was to explore the experiences of diagnosis, disclosure and discrimination among people living with hepatitis C.

Aboriginal patterns of cancer care

The aims of this study were to assess whether or not Aboriginal people are diagnosed with cancer at later stages than non-Aboriginal people and, if so, to describe both the barriers to early diagnosis and access to cancer care experienced.

Access and equity project

This research project was undertaken to better understand the enablers to accessing Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services in NSW.

Ageing and people living with HIV/viral hepatitis in the ACT

People living with long-term infections such as viral hepatitis or HIV face unique challenges as they age. Treatment side effects may hasten the ageing process, and/or predispose people to other medical issues.

Annual report of trends in behaviour

The Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour (ARTB) presents data from a selection of our behavioural and social research, focusing in particular on studies assessing trends over time or addressing emerging issues. 

Asian gay men's community survey

The research study is aiming to conduct a comprehensive assessment of HIV prevention needs among men who have sex with men of Asian background who are currently living in Sydney.

Barriers to HIV prevention and care among gay men in Tasmania

The project aimed to examine barriers and incentives to HIV testing and treatment among gay and bisexual men in Tasmania, including the role of stigma and discrimination towards sexual minorities and HIV in discouraging engagement with services.

Community-based study of undiagnosed HIV and testing (COUNT study)

The COUNT study is designed to provide robust estimates of the prevalence of HIV and undiagnosed infection among gay and bisexual men and identify factors associated with undiagnosed infection. An earlier version of the study was conducted in 2013-14.

Comparing the role of takeaways in methadone maintenance treatment in New South Wales and Victoria

This project compared the NSW and Vic policy environments concerning 'takeaway' methadone by interviewing methadone clients, dosing nurses, dispensing pharmacists, prescribing doctors and drug policymakers.

Crystal, pleasures and sex between men

In this study, we took a social practice approach to examining gay men’s crystal use.

Deadly Liver Mob

The Deadly Liver Mob (DLM) is a health promotion program that aims to promote a holistic approach to healthy living, by providing Aboriginal people with bloodborne virus (particularly hepatitis C) and sexually transmissible infection (STI) education, as well as screening, testing and referrals into treatment.

e-male study: the role of the internet in building social capital for homosexually active men

This study investigated whether the internet increases social capital among men who have sex with men (MSM) by building social connections and a sense of belonging, and whether such ‘virtual’ communities facilitate the uptake of internet-based HIV prevention and other health promotion messages and their translation into safe sex practice.

Evaluation of ACON’s substance support service

This evaluation will examine the impact of the ACON service on clients’ substance use and psychosocial wellbeing, and whether clients of the service report different treatment outcomes to clients attending mainstream services that are not specifically tailored to LGBTI people.

Evaluation of NSP service models in Sydney West

This study will describe the costs of NSP service provision and patterns of client access to services in one area of NSW with a view to developing a model of service mix based on cost, client access and preference.

Evaluation of the Stimulant Check-up Clinic

The evaluation assessed the following:

Evaluation of the Ted Noffs Foundation Street University Program

Street University is a unique and innovative youth development program for marginalised young people aged 12-25 years, established and administered by the Ted Noffs Foundation.

Experiences of addiction, treatment and recovery: an online resource for members of the public, health professionals and policymakers

This project will collect and analyse the personal accounts of people who describe themselves as having a drug habit, dependence or addiction, and present these accounts on a publicly accessible website:

Gay community periodic surveys

The Gay Community Periodic Surveys (GCPS) are repeated, cross-sectional surveys of gay men, conducted in the metropolitan areas of seven Australian states and territories.

Getting down to it: understanding barriers to STI testing among young people

While young people are at high risk of contracting sexually transmissible infections (STIs), rates of STI testing remain low in this population.

Health in Men (HIM) cohort study of HIV-negative gay men

An open cohort enrolling approximately 500 HIV-negative gay men per annum was established in Sydney in July 2001 to monitor risk practice and HIV incidence in the context of vaccine initiatives.

Improving antiretroviral treatment (ART) initiation for people living with HIV in Australia: a realistic and feasible approach?

More than a decade after ART became widely available in Australia, people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are diagnosed and have initiated treatment are surviving longer and staying healthier than in the past.

Investigating the capacity of the general practitioner workforce to meet ongoing HIV primary care needs in Australia

HIV has become a chronic, manageable condition in the developed world, and early and lifelong treatment has the potential to significantly reduce transmission rates.

It’s Your Love Life periodic survey

'It's Your Love Life' (IYLL) is a periodic survey initiated in 2015 with a focus on sexual health, condom use and testing for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among young people.

My health, our family

Documenting stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C: A three-year qualitative Discovery Project to document – for the first time – firsthand accounts of what serodiscordance means in the context of everyday family life.

National treatment service users project: Phase 1 (AIVL)

This project was conducted through a partnership between CSRH and the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL).

PrEP in Practice: Clinician Perspectives on Prescribing PrEP in Australia

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was subsidised by the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in April 2018. GPs and HIV/sexual health specialists are key actors to prescribing PrEP to get maximal coverage of populations at risk of acquiring HIV, particularly gay and bisexual men.

Project 1626: condom use and hepatitis C knowledge among young people

The aims of this project were to conduct a pilot study of an online survey of (1) young people exposed to injecting, to examine their knowledge regarding hepatitis C prevention and transmission, and to examine the factors associated with high/low levels of knowledge, and (2) of young people 

Queer generations

The project will incorporate policy analysis, historical, archival, textual and online research together with individual interviews and focus groups with two different generations of gender and sexual minority youth: those of the 1970s generation, who were between 16-25 years old in 1995, and their counterparts twenty years later aged 16-25 years growing up today.

Rapid qualitative assessments of COVID-19 health needs in three Aboriginal communities in NSW

This research provides evidence to support community-controlled and other organisations in their responses to COVID-19.

Stigma indicators monitoring project

The aim of this study is to develop an indicator of stigma among priority groups identified by the five national strategies addressing blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.

Stigma interventions

This ASHM-led project aims to address systemic barriers, stigma and discrimination to increase access to the health system by people at risk of or living with hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.

Stigma reduction interventions: digital environments (STRIDE)

This project is an evaluation of an online intervention for two groups: (1) men living with HIV; (2) married men who have sex with men. The interventions aimed to address mental health symptoms (anxiety and depression) and social isolation.

StraightMSM study: heterosexually identified men who have sex with men

The primary focus of this exploratory, qualitative project, funded by BRISE, was to interview a range of professionals employed in health services, health promotion and other relevant roles to document their expert views on the experiences and needs of straight-identified MSM in New South Wales.

The Goanna Project

This project builds on a past study conducted among young indigenous people in NSW by the National Centre in HIV Social Research and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW.

The PrEPARE Project

The PrEPARE Project is investigating the attitudes of gay and bisexual men to new HIV prevention technologies, particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention.

Trust in digital health

This study aimed to understand how people from a range of different communities are choosing to store and share their personal health information in a variety of digital health systems and technologies.

Understanding disparities in PrEP access

This pilot study is investigating expert perspectives on the social factors that influence the adoption and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and its uptake in locations with disparities of access, awareness and infrastructure.

What we do well: stories of love, sex and relationships

This project focuses on the positive actions Aboriginal young people take to reduce their sexual risk and build sexual well-being, and describes the social, cultural and personal strengths and resources that they draw on to do so.


In view of the HIV “treatment revolution” and bold targets to "virtually eliminate" HIV transmissions in NSW, Australia by 2020, a study led by the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Australia addressed a major research gap by exploring the prevention needs and experiences among gay and heterosexual serodiscordant couples in a changing epidemic.

COVID-19 vaccine acceptability in priority populations

This project draws on qualitative data from a range of current research projects to describe COVID-19 vaccine opinions among priority populations: people who inject drugs, people living with HIV, gay and bisexual men, and Aboriginal people.