Christy Newman

Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, and Senior Academic Advisor (HASS), UNSW Knowledge Exchange. Additional information on her research work is available at: thisnewman.net

Drawing on her background in health sociology and cultural studies, Christy has investigated a broad range of social issues relating to health, sexuality and relationships over the last 15 years. Primarily a qualitative researcher, Christy works across a range of collaborative, multidisciplinary and multi-method projects funded by competitive and commissioned grants. While most of her research has been focused in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, blood borne virus prevention and care, and sexual and gender diversity, this has extended to the intersecting fields of mental and emotional health, cultural difference and diversity, and child and family well-being.

Through her research, Christy aims to document the lived experience of health, illness and medicine across a range of social contexts, and understand how to strengthen the inclusion, well-being and belonging of diverse communities in their engagement with health and social care systems. All of her research is conducted in partnership with communities, clinicians and policy makers, particularly those who represent and support the needs of people affected by HIV and viral hepatitis, LGBTQ+ communities, migrant and refugee communities, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

She has authored more than 90 peer reviewed publications, in addition to reports aimed at community or professional audiences, and has led or contributed to securing over three million dollars in research funding, including from the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. She was awarded the 2010 Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the 2017 Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award from the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance. She is Senior Editorial Advisor (and immediate past Joint-Editor in Chief) for Health Sociology Review, Joint Editor for Sexual Health, and Editorial Board member for the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Christy was awarded a University Medal for her BA (1998) with honours in communications and cultural studies from Murdoch University, and a PhD (2004) in interdisciplinary studies in health, sexuality and culture from UNSW Sydney. In between these degrees, she worked in communications and policy roles in state government agencies, and in public relations and issues management for the non-government, government and creative arts sectors.

Selected current projects:

Publications

Book Chapters
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2019, 'Shitty media men', in Fileborn B; Rachel L-H (ed.), , Palgrave Macmillan
2019
2019, 'Waiting for the "Yes"', in Sapp J; Chamness Iida P (ed.), , IAP, Charlotte, North Carolina
2019
2019, '‘A reckoning that is long overdue’: Reconfiguring the work of progressive sex advice post #MeToo', in , Palgrave Macmillan
2019
Fair C; Albright JA; Newman CE, 2017, 'Psychosocial Considerations for Children and Adolescents with HIV', in Chenneville T (ed.), A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV: Bridging the Gaps between Research and Practice, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 73 - 94,
2017
Newman CE; Persson AS; Ellard J, 2017, 'Pills, Providers and Partners: Exploring Trust Among Serodiscordant Couples in Australia', in Persson AS; Hughes S (ed.), Cross-cultural perspectives on couples with mixed HIV status: Beyond positive/negative, SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG, pp. 265 - 276,
2017
Botfield J; Zwi A; Newman CE, 2016, 'Young migrants and sexual and reproductive health care', in Thomas F (ed.), Handbook of Migration and Health, Eldward Elgar Publishing, pp. 438 - 458,
2016
Persson AS; Newman CE; Miller A, 2016, ''There's more to you than just this virus': Young people growing up with perinatally acquired HIV in Australia', in Liamputtong P (ed.), Children and Young People Living with HIV/AIDS : a cross-cultural perspective, edn. Cross-Cultural Research in Health, Illness and Well-Being, Springer International Publishing, pp. 107 - 124,
2016
Newman P; Newman CE, 2012, 'Cars', in Beilharz P; Hogan T (ed.), Sociology: Place, time & division, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, pp. 302 - 307
2012
Newman CE; Newman P; Whitehead R, 2006, 'Campaign for Sydney: Media intervention for a sustainability agenda', in Innovation, education and communication for sustainable development: Vol. 24 Environmental education, communication and sustainability, edn. Revised, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, pp. 627 - 647
2006
Conference Papers
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2019, 'The embodied relationality of blood-borne viruses: How families matter in the context of a stigmatised viral infection', London, presented at AIDS Impact, London, 29 July 2019 - 31 July 2019
2019
'Employing the peer-interview method to engage urban-based Indigenous Australian young peoples in conversations about identity', Las Vegas, USA, presented at ETHNOGRAPHIC AND QUALITATVIE RESEARCH CONFERENCE EQRC, Las Vegas, USA, 20 February 2019 - 21 February 2019
Journal articles
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Lazuardi E; Newman CE; Tasya IA; Rowe E; Wirawan DN; Wisaksana R; Subronto YW; Kaldor J; Kusmayanti NA; Iskandar S; Bell S, 2019, 'Understanding the Social Influences on Engaging Key Populations With HIV Prevention: A Qualitative Study With Men Who Have Sex With Men in Three Indonesian Cities', AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education, vol. 31, pp. 206 - 223,
2019
Newman C; Hughes S; Persson A; Truong H-HM; Holt M, 2019, 'Promoting 'Equitable Access' to PrEP in Australia: Taking Account of Stakeholder Perspectives.', AIDS Behav, vol. 23, pp. 1846 - 1857,
2019
Botfield J; Zwi A; Lenette C; Newman C, 2019, 'Ethical Considerations of Using Walking Interviews to Engage Migrant and Refugee Young People in Health Service Research', ,
2019
2019, 'Experiences of Family Belonging among Two Generations of Sexually Diverse Australians', Family Relations
2019
Cui J; Lancaster K; Newman CE, 2019, 'Making the subjects of mental health care: a cross‐cultural comparison of mental health policy in Hong Kong, China and New South Wales, Australia', Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 41, pp. 740 - 754,
2019
Cui J; Mao L; Rose G; Newman CE, 2019, 'Understanding Client Empowerment: An Online Survey of Social Workers Serving People with Mental Health Issues', The British Journal of Social Work, vol. 49, pp. 335 - 350,
2019
Newman CE, 2019, 'Queer families: valuing stories of adversity, diversity and belonging', Culture, Health & Sexuality, vol. 21, pp. 352 - 359,
2019
Botfield J; Newman CE; Kang M; Zwi A, 2018, 'Talking to migrant and refugee young people about sexual health in general practice', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 47, pp. 564 - 564,
2018
Newman C; Persson A; Ellard J, 2018, 'When HIV Figures in Family Life: Exploring the Relational Reach of Serodiscordance', Sexuality and Culture, vol. 22, pp. 1527 - 1541,
2018
2018, 'Understanding Client Empowerment: An Online Survey of Social Workers Serving People with Mental Health Issues', The British Journal of Social Work,
2018
Lazuardi E; Bell S; Newman CE, 2018, 'A ‘scoping review' of qualitative literature about engagement with HIV care in Indonesia', Sexual Health, vol. 15, pp. 283 - 283,
2018
Lenette C; Botfield JR; Boydell K; Haire B; Newman CE; Zwi AB, 2018, 'Beyond Compliance Checking: A Situated Approach to Visual Research Ethics', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, vol. 15, pp. 293 - 303,
2018
2018, 'A 'scoping review' of qualitative literature about engagement with HIV care in Indonesia.', Sex Health, vol. 15, pp. 283 - 291,
2018
Botfield JR; Newman CE; Lenette C; Albury K; Zwi AB, 2018, 'Using digital storytelling to promote the sexual health and well-being of migrant and refugee young people: A scoping review', Health Education Journal, vol. 77, pp. 735 - 748,
2018
Newman CE; Persson A; Manolas P; Schmidt HM A; Ooi C; Rutherford A; de Wit J, 2018, '“So Much Is at Stake”: Professional Views on Engaging Heterosexually Identified Men who Have Sex with Men with Sexual Health Care in Australia', Sexuality Research and Social Policy, vol. 15, pp. 302 - 311,
2018
Botfield JR; Newman CE; Zwi AB, 2018, 'Engaging Migrant and Refugee Young People with Sexual Health Care: Does Generation Matter More Than Culture?', Sexuality Research and Social Policy, vol. 15, pp. 398 - 408,
2018
Botfield JR; Newman CE; Zwi AB, 2017, 'Drawing them in: professional perspectives on the complexities of engaging ‘culturally diverse’ young people with sexual and reproductive health promotion and care in Sydney, Australia', Culture, Health & Sexuality, vol. 19, pp. 438 - 452,
2017
Persson A; Newman CE; Ellard J, 2017, 'Breaking Binaries? Biomedicine and Serostatus Borderlands among Couples with Mixed HIV Status', Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, vol. 36, pp. 699 - 713,
2017
Newman CE; Gray R; Brener L; Jackson LC; Dillon A; Saunders V; Johnson P; Treloar C, 2017, '“I Had a Little Bit of a Bloke Meltdown…But the Next Day, I Was Up”: Understanding Cancer Experiences Among Aboriginal Men', Cancer Nursing, vol. 40, pp. E1 - E8,
2017
Persson A; Newman CE; Miller A, 2017, 'Caring for ‘underground’ kids: qualitative interviews with clinicians about key issues for young people growing up with perinatally acquired HIV in Australia', International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, vol. 22, pp. 1 - 15,
2017
Newland ; Newman C; Treloar C, 2016, '“We get by with a little help from our friends”: Small-scale informal and large-scale formal peer distribution networks of sterile injecting equipment in Australia', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 34, pp. 65 - 71,
2016
Botfield JR; Newman CE; Zwi AB, 2016, 'Young people from culturally diverse backgrounds and their use of services for sexual and reproductive health needs: A structured scoping review', Sexual Health, vol. 13, pp. 1 - 9,
2016
Newman CE; Persson A; Miller A; Brown RJ, 2016, '"Just take your medicine and everything will be fine": Responsibilisation narratives in accounts of transitioning young people with HIV into adult care services in Australia', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, vol. 28, pp. 131 - 136,
2016
Persson A; Newman CE; Mao L; de Wit J, 2016, 'On the Margins of Pharmaceutical Citizenship: Not Taking HIV Medication in the “Treatment Revolution” Era', Medical Anthropology Quarterly, vol. 30, pp. 359 - 377,
2016
Persson A; Ellard J; Newman CE, 2016, 'Bridging the HIV Divide: Stigma, Stories and Serodiscordant Sexuality in the Biomedical Age', Sexuality and Culture, vol. 20, pp. 197 - 213,
2016
Newman CE; Persson A; Bains A; De Wit J, 2016, 'Whose voices inform online representations of HIV treatment as prevention?', AIDS, vol. 30, pp. 808 - 810,
2016
Newman CE; de Wit JB F; Reynolds RH; Canavan PG; Kidd MR, 2015, '‘Who’s coming up next to do this work?’ Generational tensions in accounts of providing HIV care in the community', Health (United Kingdom), vol. 20, pp. 258 - 273,
2015
Newman CE, 2015, 'Appreciating doubts about HIV medicine', Journal of the International AIDS Society, vol. 18,
2015
Treloar C; Gray R; Brener L; Jackson C; Saunders V; Johnson P; Harris M; Butow P; Newman C, 2014, 'Health literacy in relation to cancer: addressing the silence about and absence of cancer discussion among Aboriginal people, communities and health services', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol. 10, pp. 81 - 81,
2014
Treloar C; Gray R; Brener L; Jackson C; Saunders V; Johnson P; Harris M; Butow P; Newman C, 2014, 'Health literacy in relation to cancer: addressing the silence about and absence of cancer discussion among Aboriginal people, communities and health services', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol. 10, pp. 81 - 81,
2014
Treloar C; Gray R; Brener L; Jackson C; Saunders V; Johnson P; Harris M; Butow P; Newman C, 2014, '"I can't do this, it's too much": building social inclusion in cancer diagnosis and treatment experiences of Aboriginal people, their carers and health workers.', International journal of public health, vol. 59, pp. 373 - 379,
2014
Newman C; Persson A; Miller A; Cama E, 2014, 'Bridging Worlds, Breaking Rules: Clinician Perspectives on Transitioning Young People with Perinatally Acquired HIV Into Adult Care in a Low Prevalence Setting', AIDS Patient Care and STDs, vol. 28, pp. 381 - 393,
2014
Persson A; Newman CE; Hopwood M; Kidd MR; Canavan PG; Kippax SC; Reynolds RH; De Wit JB F, 2014, 'No ordinary mainstream illness: How HIV doctors perceive the virus', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 24, pp. 6 - 17,
2014
2014, 'Bridging worlds, breaking rules: Clinician perspectives on transitioning young people with perinatally acquired HIV into adult care in a low prevalence setting', AIDS Patient Care and Stds, vol. 28, pp. 381 - 393,
2014
Newman CE; de Wit JB F; Crooks L; Reynolds RH; Canavan PG; Kidd MR, 2014, 'Challenges of providing HIV care in general practice', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 2014, pp. 1 - 5,
2014
Newman CE; Gray R; Brener L; Jackson LC; Johnson P; Saunders V; Harris M; Butow P; Treloar C, 2013, 'One size fits all? The discursive framing of cultural difference in health professional accounts of providing cancer care to Aboriginal people', Ethnicity and Health, vol. 18, pp. 433 - 447,
2013
Newman CE; Reynolds R; Gray RM; Canavan P; De Wit J; McMurchie M; McCoy R; Kidd MR, 2013, 'Surviving an epidemic: Australian GPs on caring for people with HIV and AIDS in the 'early years'', Australian Family Physician, vol. 42, pp. 734 - 738,
2013
Hopwood MN; Newman C; Persson A; Watts I; de Wit J; Reynolds R; Canavan P; Kippax S; Kidd M, 2013, 'Expert perspectives on the contribution of HIV general practice nursing to the 'extraordinary story' of HIV medicine in Australia', Primary Health Care Research and Development, vol. 15, pp. 180 - 189,
2013
Newman CE; Persson AS; de Wit J; Reynolds R; Canavan P; Kippax S; Kidd M, 2013, 'At the coalface and the cutting edge: General practitioners' accounts of the rewards of engaging with HIV medicine', BMC Family Practice, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 14,
2013
Newman CE; Persson AS; Paquette D; Kidd M, 2013, 'The new cultural politics of the waiting room: Straight men, gay-friendly clinics and 'inclusive' HIV care', Sexuality Research and Social Policy, vol. 10, pp. 87 - 96,
2013
Newman CE; Kidd MR; Kippax SC; Reynolds R; Canavan P; de Wit J, 2013, 'Engaging non-HIV specialist general practitioners with new priorities in HIV prevention and treatment: qualitative insights from those currently working in the field', Sexual Health, vol. 10, pp. 193 - 198,
2013
Treloar C; Gray R; Brener L; Jackson C; Saunders V; Johnson P; Harris M; Butow P; Newman C, 2013, 'Health literacy in relation to cancer: Addressing the silence about and absence of cancer discussion among Aboriginal people, communities and health services', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 21, pp. 655 - 664,
2013
Persson A; Newman C, 2012, 'When HIV-positive children grow up: A critical analysis of the transition literature in developed countries', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 22, pp. 656 - 667,
2012
Bryant J; Newman CE; Holt M; Paquette DM; Gray R; Canavan PG; Saltman DC; Kippax SC; Kidd MR, 2012, 'Does drug and alcohol use undermine concordance between doctors' assessments of major depression and patients' scores on a screening tool for depression among gay men attending general practice?', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 18, pp. 116 - 122,
2012
Newman CE; De Wit JB F; Kippax SC; Reynolds RH; Canavan PG; Kidd MR, 2012, 'The role of the general practitioner in the Australian approach to HIV care: Interviews with 'key informants' from government, non-government and professional organisations', Sexually Transmitted Infections, vol. 88, pp. 132 - 135,
2012
Newman CE; Holt M; Bryant J; Kippax SC; Paquette D; Canavan P; Kidd MR; Saltman D, 2012, 'Comparing 'doctor' and 'patient' beliefs about the role of illicit drug use in gay men's depression', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 20, pp. 412 - 419,
2012
Körner H; Newman C; Mao L; Kidd MR; Saltman D; Kippax S, 2011, ''The black dog just came and sat on my face and built a kennel': Gay men making sense of 'depression'', Health, vol. 15, pp. 417 - 436,
2011
Körner H; Newman CE; Mao L; Kidd MR; Saltman DC; Kippax S, 2011, 'Discourses of depression of australian general practitioners working with gay men', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 21, pp. 1051 - 1064,
2011
Newman CE; Kidd MR; de Wit JB F; Reynolds RH; Canavan PG; Kippax SC, 2011, 'What moves a family doctor to specialise in HIV? Interviews with Australian policy key informants', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 13, pp. 1151 - 1164,
2011
Newman C; Mao L; Canavan PG; Kidd MR; Saltman DC; Kippax SC, 2010, 'HIV generations? Generational discourse in interviews with Australian general practitioners and their HIV positive gay male patients', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 70, pp. 1721 - 1727,
2010
Newman C; Kippax S; Mao L; Saltman D; Kidd M, 2010, 'Roles ascribed to general practitioners by gay men with depression', Australian Family Physician, vol. 39, pp. 667 - 671
2010
Mao L; Kidd MR; Rogers G; Andrews G; Newman CE; Booth A; Saltman DC; Kippax SC, 2009, 'Social factors associated with major depressive disorder in homosexually active, gay men attending general practices in urban Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 33, pp. 83 - 86,
2009
Newman CE; Kippax SC; Mao L; Rogers GD; Saltman DC; Kidd MR, 2009, 'Features of the management of depression in gay men and men with HIV from the perspective of Australian GPs', Family Practice, vol. 26, pp. 27 - 33,
2009
Mao L; Newman CE; Kidd MR; Saltman DC; Rogers GD; Kippax SC, 2009, 'Self-reported sexual difficulties and their association with depression and other factors among gay men attending high HIV-caseload general practices in Australia', Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol. 6, pp. 1378 - 1385,
2009
Newman C; Persson A, 2009, 'Fear, complacency and the spectacle of risk: The making of HIV as a public concern in Australia', Health, vol. 13, pp. 7 - 23,
2009
Körner H; Newman C; Mao L; Kippax S; Kidd MR; Saltman D, 2008, ''It's really a myriad of different signals, not just the textbook': The complexities of diagnosing depression in gay men in general practice', Mental Health in Family Medicine, vol. 5, pp. 167 - 175
2008
Newman C; Butow P; Knight R; McMillan K; Treloar C; Kippax S; Eades S, 2008, 'Cancer and Aboriginal people in Australia: A review of the literature', Critical Public Health, vol. 18, pp. 65 - 75,
2008
Saltman DC; Newman CE; Mao L; Kippax SC; Kidd MR, 2008, 'Experiences in managing problematic crystal methamphetamine use and associated depression in gay men and HIV positive men: in-depth interviews with general practitioners in Sydney, Australia', BMC Family Practice, vol. 9, pp. 45 - 52,
2008
Mao L; Kippax SC; Newman CE; Andrews G; Rogers G; Saltman DC; Kidd MR, 2008, 'Rates of depression among men attending high-HIV-caseload general practices in Australia', Mental Health in Family Medicine, vol. 5, pp. 79 - 83
2008
Newman C; Kippax S; Mao L; Saltman A.M. D; Kidd M, 2008, 'GPs understanding of how depression affects gay and HIV positive men', Australian Family Physician, vol. 37, pp. 678 - 680
2008
Persson A; Newman C, 2008, 'Making monsters: Heterosexuality, crime and race in recent Western media coverage of HIV', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 30, pp. 632 - 646,
2008
Newman CE; Bonar M; Greville HS; Thompson SC; Bessarab D; Kippax SC, 2007, 'Barriers and incentives to HIV treatment uptake among Aboriginal people in Western Australia', AIDS, vol. 21,
2007
Newman CE; Bonar M; Greville H; Thompson SC; Bessarab D; Kippax SC, 2007, ''Everything is okay': The influence of neoliberal discourse on the reported experiences of Aboriginal people in Western Australia who are HIV-positive', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 9, pp. 571 - 584,
2007
2007, 'The epidemiology of HIV in South African workplaces.', AIDS, vol. 21 Suppl 3, pp. S13 - S19,
2007
Newman C, 2007, 'Reader letters to women`s health magazines: Inscribing the `will to health`', Feminist Media Studies, vol. 7, pp. 155 - 170,
2007
Persson A; Newman C, 2006, 'Potency and vulnerability: Troubled 'selves' in the context of antiretroviral therapy', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 63, pp. 1586 - 1596,
2006
Newman C; Persson A; Ellard J, 2006, ''We just don't know': Ambivalence about treatment strategies in the Australian community-based HIV media', Health, vol. 10, pp. 191 - 210,
2006
Friedman SR; Kippax SC; Phaswana-Mafuya N; Rossi D; Newman CE, 2006, 'Emerging future issues in HIV/AIDS social research', AIDS, vol. 20, pp. 959 - 965,
2006
Newman C, 2005, 'Sex, drugs and bad poetry: Editing Sydney's community health magazines', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 28, pp. 109 - 116,
2005
2005, 'Sex, drugs and bad poetry: Editing Sydney`s community health magazines', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 84, pp. 109 - 116,
2005
Newman CE, 2005, 'Healthy, wealthy and globalized? Reader letters to Australian Men`s Health magazine', Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 19, pp. 299 - 313,
2005
Botfield JR; Zwi AB; Rutherford A; Newman CE, 'Learning about sex and relationships among migrant and refugee young people in Sydney, Australia: ‘I never got the talk about the birds and the bees’', Sex Education, pp. 1 - 16,
Other
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Newman CE, 2017, What Our Leaders Could Learn About Acceptance From My Religious Grandmother,
2017
Newman CE, 2017, How My Faith In St George Helped Me Understand Sexuality,
2017
Newman CE, 2016, Religion and sexuality can co-exist for rainbow families,
2016
Reports
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Botfield J; Zwi A; Newman C; Rutherford A; Ooi C; Kang M; Smith M; Bateson D; Carmody C; Crozier B; Bennett K, 2019, Talking to young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds about sexual and reproductive health: what have we learned and where do we go from here?, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, Sydney,
2019
2019, Impact of stigma and discrimination experienced by priority populations affected by STIs and BBVs in the ACT, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
2019
2019, Talking to young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds about sexual and reproductive health: what have we learned and where do we go from here?, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, Sydney,
2019
Persson AS; Ellard J; Brown G; Newman C; Prestage G, 2016, YouMe&HIV: The Serodiscordant Couples Study, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW, Sydney,
2016
Newman CE; Kidd MR; Kippax SC; Reynolds RH; Canavan PG; de Wit JB F, 2013, Managing HIV in general practice, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Sydney, Monograph 3,
2013
Paquette D; Bryant J; Holt M; Newman CE, 2012, Research summary: Impact of alcohol and drug use on the diagnosis and management of depression in gay men attending general practice, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Sydney,
2012
Newman CE; Mao L; Kidd MR; Saltman D; Kippax SC, 2009, Primary health care project on HIV and depression: Key findings, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Sydney,
2009