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Together, we can gain a better understanding and improve the health of all individuals and communities.


COVID-19-related research projects currently recruiting:

Self-isolation and quarantine experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study

Researchers at UNSW are conducting a project about people’s experiences of self-isolation and quarantine in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The research study is looking recruit people who meet the following criteria:

  1. Age 18 year old or above
  2. Sufficient English language skills to conduct an interview in English
  3. Access to a telephone or to a device for video conferencing
  4. Having been in mandated self-isolation/quarantine in either:
  • the Melbourne high rise towers in North Melbourne that were locked down in July; OR
  • the Rydges Swanston Hotel Melbourne; OR
  • the Stamford Plaza Hotel Melbourne


 Participants meeting the following criteria will be excluded from the study:

  • Inability to provide informed consent
  • Refusal to consent to audio recording

Participants will be asked to complete the following research activities if they agree to participate: 

  • An in-depth interview conduction by telephone or video conferencing, lasting an estimated 30-60 minutes

Participants will receive $100 compensation (by digital Mastercard) once they have participated in an interview.

Please contact the following person via email or phone to register your interest in taking part in the research:
Name: Cherie Bennett 
Position: Study Coordinator
Telephone: n/a

If you have questions about the research, please contact the following person:
Chief Investigator
Name: Bridget Haire 
Position: Senior Research Fellow
Telephone: (03) 9385 1227

Deadline is 30 October 2020. This study has been approved by the UNSW Ethics Committee, HC200275.


Flux: Lived experiences of COVID-19 among gay and bisexual men

Who we're looking for:

  • Gay and bisexual men across Australia

Why: Social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19 may affect how gay and bisexual men are arranging their sex lives and taking care of their health. And this will likely also affect trends in HIV infection and STIs over coming months, or even years. Monitoring the impact of COVID-19, before, during, and after the pandemic, is essential to understanding and responding to trends in HIV infection, mental health, and STIs.

Flux is investigating the lived experiences of COVID-19 among gay and bisexual men including isolation, support, mental health and resilience, income loss, and access to health services. We will address how gay and bisexual men experience, engage with, and emerge from COVID-19.

What is required: An initial questionnaire: Your first survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete so you can provide necessary details about you and your experiences. You will receive this questionnaire once every 6 months. 

Flux diary: After completing your the initial questionnaire, you will be asked to complete a weekly 5-minute diary each Sunday for up to 6 months. There are just a few questions to answer about what happened during the past 7 days. This weekly diary will take about 5 minutes to complete, however once a month we will send you a slightly longer diary to complete

For more information: To register for Flux, go to Deadline to register interest is December 2020.


Other research projects currently recruiting:

Bushfire smoke, asthma, lung disease and masks – BREATHE, a new research study in 2020

Who we're looking for:

  • People who have asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or bronchiectasis
  • People who live in ACT, NSW, SA or VIC in an area affected by bushfires or bushfire smoke 

Why: The aim of this research is to determine whether the use of surgical masks and P2 masks protects people with asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or bronchiectasis from the effects of smoke exposure during bushfire season in Australian Captial Territory, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

What is required: People who consent to being in the study will be required to fill in a form at the start and the end of the study, and their health will be tracked during a maximum of 4 weeks around controlled backburning between August and November 2020, and through all of December 2020 and January 2021 this summer. A final period of follow up will occur in April 2021.

For more information: You can register and read more about study here. Deadline for expressions of interest is December 2020.