About me

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I’m a Senior Lecturer in Qualitative Health Research in the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

My research program focuses on equity in health and health services for LGBTI people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people and women. My work seeks to understand and address avoidable health differences that put socially disadvantaged people and communities at further disadvantage. I have a particular focus on stigmatised conditions such as infectious diseases related to sexual practice and drug use. Check out my research projects page for more information on past and current projects.

My research approach often employs qualitative, community-based or participatory methodologies that allow me to work in partnership with communities, non-governmental organisations and not-for-profits (like ACON Health and Family Planning NSW) to conduct and translate research to reduce health disadvantages.

My research supervision covers the range from honours to PhD. I’m open to discuss supervision at all levels as long as they are in my areas of research. I’m currently supervising higher degree research students in hepatitis C care, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and education, lesbian and bisexual women’s smoking cessation, models of health care in the Torres Strait, and social media and adolescent development.

My teaching focuses on qualitative methods in health research. I’ve been the Academic Director and Course Coordinator of the postgraduate Qualitative Health Research coursework program since 2011. I teach five units of study: Introduction to Qualitative Health Research; Advanced Qualitative Health Research; Methodologies, Analysis & Writing; Developing a Research Proposal (you can take them as short courses).

My community engagement activities centre around my research interests. I’m a Non-Executive Director of ACON Health (New South Wales’s leading health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex health). In partnership with ACON, colleague Rachel Deacon and I run the SWASH lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s health survey (running biennially since 1996).

My contact details – I’m based at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) which is just off the Camperdown campus of Sydney University. Or you can get in touch with my via this form

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