Research Assistant

Ms Theresa Caruana

BA(Hons), MSW, MPH, GradDipPsych

Arts,Design & Architecture
Centre for Social Research in Health

Theresa Caruana is a Scientia PhD candidate and Research Assistant at the Centre for Social Research in Health. Her research focuses on experiences of stigma in health settings, and the experiences of people who inject drugs. She has a history of working with populations experiencing disadvantage in a variety of direct practice, education, communication, policy, research, and project coordination roles. Theresa also contributed to publications from the second iteration of the Australian Study of Health and Relationships. 

  • Journal articles | 2023
    Caruana T; Mao L; Gray RM; Bryant J, 2023, 'Engagement and outcomes of marginalised young people in an early intervention youth alcohol and other drug program: The Street Universities model', PloS one, 18, pp. e0286025,
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Factors associated with sharing equipment among people who inject drugs: The role of community attachment in harm reduction and health promotion', Drug and Alcohol Review, 42, pp. 561 - 568,
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Injection drug use in an affluent beachside community in Sydney: An exploratory qualitative study', Drug and Alcohol Review, 42, pp. 544 - 554,
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Practising care in a pandemic: Accounting for everyday life during COVID-19 among people who inject drugs', Sociology of Health and Illness, 45, pp. 791 - 809,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Richters J; Carter A; Caruana T; Bateson D; de Visser R; Rissel C; Yeung A; Guy R; McGeechan K, 2022, 'Reproductive experiences and outcomes among a representative sample of women: the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 46, pp. 69 - 74,
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Addressing injecting related risks among people who inject both opioids and stimulants: Findings from an Australian survey of people who inject drugs', Addictive Behaviors Reports, 15, pp. 100398 - 100398,
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Health worker perceptions of the impact of COVID-19 on harm reduction services for people who inject drugs', Health and Social Care in the Community, 30, pp. 2320 - 2329,
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Optimising community health services in Australia for populations affected by stigmatised infections: What do service users want?', Health and Social Care in the Community, 30, pp. e3686 - e3695,
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Sexual Difficulties, Problems, and Help-Seeking in a National Representative Sample: The Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships', Archives of Sexual Behavior, 51, pp. 1435 - 1446,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Rissel C; Richters J; de Visser RO; McKee A; Yeung A; Caruana T, 2017, 'A Profile of Pornography Users in Australia: Findings From the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships', Journal of Sex Research, 54, pp. 227 - 240,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Richters J; Fitzadam S; Yeung A; Caruana T; Rissel C; Simpson JM; de Visser RO, 2016, 'Contraceptive practices among women: the second Australian study of health and relationships', Contraception, 94, pp. 548 - 555,
  • Conference Presentations | 2023
    2023, 'What happens when your pharmacy is destroyed or cut off by flooding? Experiences of opioid agonist treatment consumers and pharmacists in the New South Wales Northern Rivers region.', presented at Harm Reduction International Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 16 April 2023 - 19 April 2023,
    Conference Presentations | 2022
    2022, 'Consumer and pharmacist experiences of opioid agonist treatment in New South Wales community pharmacies', Vol. 41, pp. S37 - S38, presented at Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference, Darwin, Australia, 10 October 2022 - 12 October 2022,
    Reports | 2021
    2021, Assessing the impact of COVID on harm reduction services, UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health, Sydney,
    Reports | 2021
    2021, Perspectives of COVID vaccines among people who inject drugs, UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health, Sydney,
    Conference Posters | 2015
    2015, 'P04.15 Sexual behaviour, sti testing and diagnosis down under: findings from the second australian study of health and relationships (ashr2)', Vol. 91, pp. A101.1 - A101,