Impact of care and support programs following HIV diagnosis

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The PhD student will lead academic outputs from a newly funded NHMRC Partnership Project (2018-2022) evaluating interventions involving clinic- and community-based support to enhance HIV treatment and care in a cohort of newly diagnosed people across Australia (n=120 per annum). The aims of the PhD project will be to evaluate: 1) the impact of clinic- and community-based support programs on early uptake of HIV therapy, and ongoing access to HIV specialist care; 2) changes in risk behaviours, onward transmission, and associated factors; and 3) the impact of clinic- and community-based support on ongoing quality of life and well-being.

The PhD student will need strong academic writing and research skills with a sound understanding of and familiarity with research among marginalised populations at risk of HIV in Australia, particularly gay and bisexual men. Prior experience with high-level statistical analysis, including longitudinal analysis, would be essential. Ideally, the candidate should have experience working with community-based and clinic-based health and health promotion services.

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The Kirby Institute

Arts & Social Sciences
Centre for Social Research in Health

The Kirby Institute