BFA (Hons); BA (Hons); PhD Communications, Deakin University, Melbourne
Kathy has contributed significantly to the development of HIV health promotion and prevention and to the health education needs of people with HIV both in Australia and internationally over the last 11.6 years working at Positive Life NSW (the voice of people with HIV since 1988), and in previous roles since 1988. She has contributed directly to the development of policy frameworks in relation to HIV and other STIs and to advocacy work in relation to the care and treatment of people living with HIV.
At the Kirby Institute, she is an investigator on the HIV Serconversion Study which explores factors associated with HIV transmission in Australia, and the experiences of people who have recently been diagnosed HIV-positive, the You me & HIV: the serodiscordant couples study, a qualitative study into new ways to manage HIV, sex and risk within both gay and heterosexual serodiscordant relationships in metropolitan and regional NSW, and the Opposites Attract Study, a four-year cohort study of HIV transmission and HIV treatments in gay men in serodiscordant relationships.
Broad Research Areas:
HIV-AIDS, Health promotion, Community-based research, cultural practice, health and illness