Lesbian and bisexual women and Pap smears – some good news but concerns remain

I attended the Australasian Sexual Health conference in Sydney to share our recent analysis of data from SWASH on Pap smear testing rates for lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women. The work was initiated by a medical student from Scotland, Catriona Douglas, who did an research internship with me earlier  this year. We looked at... Continue Reading →


Research into teaching: Identifying the attributes of a graduate ‘qualitative researcher’

My colleague Assoc Prof Stacy Carter and I have just been awarded Research into Teaching seed funding from the School of Public Health, University of Sydney to conduct a project “Identifying the attributes of a graduate ‘qualitative researcher'”. The seed funding will be matched by funds from the Qualitative Health Research program, and the project... Continue Reading →

Learning about viral hepatitis and Indigenous people

Since 2010, I’ve been part of an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal health – REACCH (Research Excellence in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health). The collaboration is jointly managed by the Kirby Institute at UNSW and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO); there are four participating Aboriginal community-controlled health services: Nunkuwarrin Yunti in... Continue Reading →

Tobacco-control project targeting lesbians, bisexual and queer women

The Cancer Institute NSW (the cancer control agency for NSW) awarded an Evidence to Practice grant to ACON (NSW’s leading health-promotion organisation specialising in HIV and LGBTI health). I'm delighted to be the research partner on the grant.The grant is titled “Tobacco-control project targeting lesbians, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women” and will run until mid-2016. The grant was... Continue Reading →

The last outing for the Growing Up with Cancer project

In July, my Growing Up with Cancer (GUWC) project colleague Peter and I attend the 8th International Conference on Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Medicine. It was held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and what a glorious venue for this project's last outing!The conference organisers staged a full exhibition of the Growing Up with... Continue Reading →

Thinking about chlamydia management at Australian family planning clinics

Very pleased to be able to share the Chlamydia testing and management - FINAL REPORT. This is the outcome of a project that assessed chlamydia testing, contact management and re-testing practices of clinicians at Australian family planning clinics. The project was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant, and run... Continue Reading →

Resilience, butching it up in Sri Lanka and family therapists’ beliefs about conversion therapy

This is the first of my Garden Fence blogs, sharing recent research on lesbian and bisexual women's health (read more about what I'm trying to do, here) Studies about lesbian, bisexual women (and sometimes men, and sometimes trans* people): Resilience in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals. Kwon P. Personality and Social Psychology Review. 2013 Abstract:... Continue Reading →

Fascinating Facts about Female Same-Sex Couples from the 2011 Australian Census

You'll think twice about the next nurse, teacher, or police officer you meet...  Last week, more data on same-sex couples was released from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. This is the third set of analyses released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS): “Same-sex couple families” part of the “Reflecting a Nation: Stories... Continue Reading →

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