Field of Research (FoR)
Associate Professor Heather Worth is the Head of the International HIV Research Group in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW.
HIV, AIDS, refugees and HIV, gender and sexuality, drag queens, transvestites, politics of AIDS, development and AIDS, AIDS and conflict and AIDS orphans.
The aim of this project is to examine the relationship between mobility across the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and HIV risk. Specific objectives are to understand the relationship between HIV risk and: the patterns of border crossing; the sexual behaviour of border crossers at home and over the border; the role of culture and commerce, and; the availability of and access to health services.
This grant will support The Oral History Training Workshop and the fieldwork in Chengdu, Xian and Nanjing. The workshop aims to build the capacity of young Chinese scholars and research talents in oral history theory, methodology and practices, comes from AusAID through UNSW. Furthermore, the workshop is an opportunity for these scholars to share and communicate research achievements and experiences.
The research seeks to understand the gendered sociocultural factors influencing the uptake and controls of PMTCT (Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission) programs from the perspectives of antenatal women, their partners and health care workers. It has the following aims:
1. Undertake an assessment of PMTCT programs
2. Examine knowledge, attitudes and decision-making processes regarding PMTCT
3. Test enablers of return for safe delivery and post-natal care
4. Examine expereinces of consent, counselling and confidentiality
5. Determine gender…
The goal of this project is to build the capacity of Papua New Guinean and Fijian HIV social research leaders, through intensive training at UNSW and in Fiji and PNG in report writing, writing journal articles and dissemination of research findings. This program will strengthen the HIV social research evidence-base for HIV policy and programs in these countries through:
- publication of research findings
- knowledge transfer skills to enable uptake of research evidence into domestic policy and program in PNG and Fiji
The AusAID Development Research Strategy…
This research seeks to understand the barriers and facilitators to effective leadership in the HIV epidemic in Papua New Guinea at national, provincial and district levels and in various sectors. It will examine:
- Who is taking leadership roles in national provincial and district responses to HIV?
- How is leadership understood and enacted at each level?
- What are the obstacles to effective leadership?
- What are the catalysts of effective leadership?
- What are the practical steps that can be taken to encourage increased leadership?
Askim na Save (Ask and understand): People who sell and exchange sex in Port Moresby is a comprehensive bio-behavioural study of sex work in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. The study was designed to fill gaps in knowledge about the sex industry in PNG and to map the sale and exchange of sex in Port Moresby to create richer and more detailed understanding of sex workers and the vulnerability to HIV.
The result of collaboration between the University of New South Wales and the Tsinghua University in Beijing, this unique chronicle maps some of the most important social, political, and cultural characteristics of the HIV epidemic in China. Demonstrating that the epidemic was propelled by three main economic drivers—the blood trade, the drug trade, and the sex trade—this informative compilation of essays uncovers the hidden truths about the spread of HIV and analyzes its social impacts.