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It's been a terrific start to 2017, with prestigious awards, visiting academics, new projects and the success of our inaugural Sex Lecture.

The Sex Lecture, introduced by the Hon. Michael Kirby, was presented by Associate Professor Martin Holt as part of the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Martin's lecture discussed the changing face of safe sex with the introduction of PrEP.

So far this year we've had the honour of visits from Dr Purnima Mane, former President of Pathfinder, Professor Tim Rhodes from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Dr Jo Neale from King's College, London.

We have two major new projects underway: an evaluation of the Ted Noffs Foundation Street University Program led by Dr Joanne Bryant and Dr Limin Mao; and an evaluation of ACON’s Substance Support Service led by Dr Toby Lea, Dr Loren Brenner and Associate Professor Martin Holt.  

In other excellent news, we've had three prestigious positions awarded to researchers at the Centre: Scientia Professor Peter Aggleton has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, a position reserved for leaders in their fields in the disciplines of science, art, literature and philosophy; Dr Toby Lea has been awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers, an 18-month fellowship to work at the German Institute on Addiction and Prevention Research in Cologne; and Research Associate Elena Cama has been awarded a UNSW Scientia Scholarship to undertake her PhD studies in the Faculty of Law. Congratulations to Peter, Toby and Elena for these terrific achievements!

Carla Treloar
Director, Centre for Social Research in Health

UNSW talks safe sex in the age of PrEP

CSRH researcher Associate Professor Martin Holt urged the gay community to support each other in the choices they make to safely avoid HIV at a public lecture held as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. 
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"But do you feel safe?" Navigating gender and safety in prison-based research

Dr Lise Lafferty, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney
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How my faith in St George helped me understand sexuality

Associate Professor Christy Newman writes about how the late singer George Michael helped herself and others learn how to own and treasure a different kind of communion.

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Religion and sexuality can co-exist for rainbow families

Associate Professor Christy Newman asks, "Can we update the godparent tradition to better fit all families?"

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Reciprocity and citizenship in the adoption of a new HIV prevention technology

Dr Bridget O'Haire, The Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
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ExtraEasy bite-sized podcast launches

Annie Madden and Professor Carla Treloar have released the highly snackable ExtraEasy, on rotation with SpeakEasy each month, featuring hot topics of the moment and issues that have caught their attention. 

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Former Pathfinder President, Dr Purnima Mane, visits CSRH

CSRH recently hosted a one-month visit by Dr Purnima Mane, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Pathfinder International.

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Sexuality and sexual citizenship in later years

Professor Chris Beasley, University of Adelaide, and Dr Bianca Fileborn, UNSW School of Social Sciences
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Scientia Doctoral Scholarship awarded to study at CSRH

A prestigious Scientia Doctoral Scholarship has been awarded to Sujith Kumar to study sexual citizenship and belonging among young LGBTQ minority ethnic Australian citizens and residents.

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Postgrad news

Congratulations to CSRH student Kamrul Hasan, who was awarded his PhD thesis for social research in health in late February. Special mention also goes out to Lise Lafferty, a researcher at CSRH, who was awarded her PhD in March for her work on social capital in the prison setting and its effect on HCV treatment among incarcerated men.
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