Dr Graham Brown
Senior Research Fellow
College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Psychology and Public Health
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
BBus (Marketing)(Hons); PGradDip (Health Promotion); PhD
Area of study
Graham has worked in HIV community based organisations and in health promotion and HIV related research for 20 years and has a strong interest in translating research into practice, building evidence for effective community responses to HIV, and the role of NGO’s, Community Development and Peer Based Programs.
Graham's current research has a focus on the application of systems thinking and complex adaptive systems to understanding and enhancing the role of community and peer-led programs in HIV and hepatitis C.
Graham was the President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations from from 2008 to 2011 and continues to serve on a number of State and National HIV related health promotion and policy committees.
Research Interests: health promotion, HIV prevention and support programs, evidence and evaluation, peer based programs, social influence and diffusion.
Book Chapters since 2010
Brown, G (2014) Harnessing community mobilisation, in Rule, J (Editor)(2014) Through our eyes: Thirty years of people living with HIV responding to the HIV and AIDS Epidemics in Australia, National Association of People Living with HIV Australia, Sydney ISBN 9780992468101 page 94-96
Refereed journal articles since 2010
Prestage, G., Brown, G., Allan, B., Ellard, J., & Down, I. (accepted-2016). Impact of Peer Support on Behavior Change Among Newly Diagnosed Australian Gay Men. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
Callander, D., Prestage, G., Ellard, J., Triffitt, K., Brown, G., & Down, I. (2016). The Road Less Travelled: Exploring Gay and Bisexual Men’s Explanations of ‘Uncommon’ Routes of HIV Transmission. AIDS and Behavior, 1-9. doi:10.1007/s10461-016-1289-x
Bavinton, B. R., Holt, M., Grulich, A. E., Brown, G., Zablotska, I. B., & Prestage, G. P. (2016). Willingness to act upon beliefs about ‘treatment as prevention’ among Australian gay and bisexual men. PLoS One.
Brown G, Reeders D, Dowsett GW, Ellard J, Carman M, Hendry N, Wallace J (2015). Investigating combination HIV prevention: isolated interventions or complex system. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2015;18(1). doi: 10.7448/IAS.18.1.20499
Crawford G, Lobo R, Brown G, Maycock B.(2015) The influence of population mobility on changing patterns of HIV acquisition: lessons for and from Australia. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 2015 Dec 1.
Prestage G, Zablotska I, Bavinton B, Grulich A, Keen P, Murphy D, Brown G, Bradley J, Holt M, Guy R.(2015) Previous and future use of HIV self-testing: a survey of Australian gay and bisexual men. Sexual health. 2015 Oct 27
*Prestage, G., Brown, G., De Wit, J., Bavinton, B., Fairley, C., Maycock, B., . . . Zablotska, I. (2015). Understanding Gay Community Subcultures: Implications for HIV Prevention. AIDS and Behavior, 19(12), 2224-2233. doi:10.1007/s10461-015-1027-9
*Down, I., Prestage, G., Triffitt, K., Brown, G., Bradley, J., & Ellard, J. (2014). Recently diagnosed gay men talk about HIV treatment decisions. Sexual Health, 11(2), 200-206. doi:10.1071/SH13100
Brown, G. O’Donnell, D., Crooks, L., Lake, R. (2014), Mobilisation, politics, investment and constantly adapting: Lessons from the Australian health promotion response to HIV. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 25, 35–41 IF 1.089
Yang, M., Prestage, G., Maycock, B., Brown, G., de Wit, J., McKechnie, M., Guy, R., Keen, P., Fairley, C., Zablotska, I. (2014) The acceptability of different HIV testing approaches: cross-sectional study among GMSM in Australia, Sexually Transmitted Infections doi:10.1136/sextrans-2013-051495 IF 3.078
Persson, A., Brown, G., Mcdonald, A., Körner, H. (2014) Transmission and Prevention of HIV among Heterosexual Populations in Australia, AIDS Education and Prevention Volume 26, Number 3, May - June 2014 IF 1.505
Brown, G., Ellard, J., Mooney-Somers, J., Prestage, G., Crawford, G., and Langdon, T.(2014) “Living a life less ordinary”: exploring the experiences of Australian men who have acquired HIV overseas, Sexual Health 10/2014; http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH13155 IF 1.576
Zablotska, I., Frankland, A., Holt, M, De Wit, J, Brown, G, Maycock, B, Fairley, C, Prestage, G (2014) Methodological challenges in collecting social and behavioural data regarding the HIV epidemic among gay and other men who have sex with men in Australia. Plos One 11/2014 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0113167 IF 3.730
Down I, Ellard J, Triffitt K, Brown G, Prestage G. (2014) Factors associated with recent previous HIV testing among a sample of recently HIV-diagnosed gay men in Australia: a cross-sectional study. Sex Transm Infect. 2014 Nov 4. pii: sextrans-2014-051752. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2014-051752. IF 3.078
Prestage, G., Jin, F., Bavinton, B., Grulich, A., Brown, G., Pitts, M., & Hurley, M. (2014). Australian Gay and Bisexual Men's Use of Erectile Dysfunction Medications During Recent Sexual Encounters. The journal of sexual medicine, 11(3), 809-819.
Prestage, G., Brown, G., Down, I, Jin, F., Hurley, M (2013) “It’s Hard to Know What is a Risky or not a Risky Decision”: Gay Men’s Beliefs About Risk During Sex AIDS and Behavior: Volume 17, Issue 4, Page 1352-1361
Bavinton, B., Brown, G., Hurley, M., Bradley, J., Keen, P., Conway, D., Guy, R., Grulich,A., PRESTAGE, G. (2013) Which gay men would increase their frequency of HIV testing with home self-testing? AIDS and Behaviour vol 17, Issue 6, 2084-2092
PRESTAGE, G., HURLEY, M., BROWN, G. (2013) “Cum Play” among Gay Men, Archives of Sexual Behavior: Volume 42, Issue 7 (2013), Page 1347-1356
CRAWFORD, G, BOWSER, N, BROWN,G., MAYCOCK, B (2013) Exploring the potential of expatriate social networks to reduce HIV and STI transmission: a protocol for a qualitative study, BMJ Open;3 :e002581 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002581
ZABLOTSKA, I., DE WIT, J.,BROWN, G., MAYCOCK, B., FAIRLEY, C., MCKECHNIE, M., PRESTAGE, G. (2013) Protocol for a respondent-driven sampling study exploring the roles of peer norms in HIV-related practices of gay men, World Journal of AIDS, 2013, 3, 320-326 - Published Online December 2013 http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/wja.2013.34041
BROWN, G., SORENSON, A., HILDEBRAND, J (2012) How they got it and how they wanted it: marginalised young people’s perspective on their experiences of sexual health education, Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning. 12 (5): pp. 599-612.
BROWN,G., ELLARD, J., MOONEY-SOMERS, J., HILDEBRAND, J., LANGDON, T. (2012) HIV Risk among Australian men travelling overseas: networks and context matter, Culture, Health and Sexuality , Vol 14, No 6, 677-690
Hildebrand, J, Lobo, R., Hallett, J, Brown, G & Maycock, B (2012) “My-Peer Toolkit [1.0] Developing an online resource for planning and evaluating peer-based youth programs” Youth Studies Australia Vol 31, No 2, 53-61,
Prestage, G, Brown, G., Keen, P. (2012) Barriers to HIV testing among Australian gay men, Sexual Health Vol 9 No 5, 453-458
Prestage, G., Down, I., Bradley, J., Mccann, P., Brown, G., Jin, F., Hurley, M (2012) Is Optimism Enough? Gay Men's Beliefs About HIV and Their Perspectives on Risk and Pleasure, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Vol. 39; No. 3: P. 167-172
Lobo, R., Mcmanus, A., Brown, G, Hildebrand, J., Maycock, B (2010) Evaluating peer-based youth programs: barriers and enablers, Evaluation Journal of Australasia, Vol 10, 1 36-43
Research monographs and government reports since 2010
Chris Gianacas Ian Down Jeanne Ellard Paul Kidd Graham Brown Kathy Triffitt Asha Persson Garrett Prestage (2016) Experiences of HIV: The Seroconversion Study Final Report 2007–2015. Monograph, The Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia, Sydney Australia. ISBN: 978-0-7334-3643-7
Persson, A., Ellard, J., Brown, G., Newman, C., & Prestage, G. (2016). YouMe&HIV: The serodiscordant couples study. Sydney: Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia. ISBN: 978-1-875967-07-0
Ian Down Kathy Triffitt Jeanne Ellard Graham Brown Garrett Prestage (2015) Experiences of HIV: The Seroconversion Study Report. Monograph, The Kirby Institute, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
Crawford G, Lobo R, Brown G, Langdon P. HIV and mobility in Australia: Road map for action. Australia: Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research and Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society; 2014. ARCSHS Monograph Number 100, ISBN: 978-0-9924830-1-2
Anna Wilkinson, Carol El-Hayek, Yik Siang Cheah, Jeffrey Grierson, Graham Brown, James McMahon, Alison Duncan, Mark Stoové (2014) Financial barriers to HIV treatment in Victoria: A brief report, Burnet Institute, Melbourne.
Gianacas C, Prestage G, Brown G, Triffitt K, Ellard J, Down I. Experiences of HIV: The Seroconversion Study Report 2013. Monograph, The Kirby Institute, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia
Brown, G., Johnston, K., Ellard, J., & Carman, M. (2013). Evidence Synthesis and Application for Policy and Practice Project Full Report. ARCSHS Monograph Series No. 89, Melbourne: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University ISBN: 9781921915390
Brown, G., Hendry, N., Carman, M. & Johnston, K. (2013). National BBV and STI Research Audit Report, Prepared for the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections (MACBBVS) and Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Standing Committee (BBVSS) Joint Research Working Group, Melbourne: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.
Hendry, N., Brown, G., Johnston, K., & Dowsett, G. (2013). Beyond high school: What do we know about young adults’ social and sexual contexts? ARCSHS Monograph Series No. 90, Melbourne: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University
Brown, G., Croy, S., Johnston, K., Pitts, M., & Lewis, V. (2013). Rapid Review: Reducing sexually transmissible infections in young people. Melbourne: Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing (AIPCA) and Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University. Brown, G., & Johnston, K. (2013). REACH Evaluation Partnership - Final Report. Melbourne: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.
Brown, G., Wentzlaff-Eggebert, M., & Mccoll, W. (2012). Building Quality and Evidence in HIV Prevention: Workshop Report, IAC AIDS 2012 Washington: AIDS United, ARCSHS La Trobe University, IQ HIV Initiative, BZgA Federal Centre for Health Education.
AFAO, AIVL, ANA, ARCSHS, ASHM, CSRH, Kirby Institute, NAPWHA, & Scarlet Alliance. (2012). Melbourne Declaration. Australasian HIV Conference, 2012, Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM). Melbourne.
Down, I., Bradley, J., Ellard, J., Brown, G., Grulich, A., Prestage, G. (2012) Experiences of HIV: The seroconversion study. Kirby Institute, Sydney
Bradley, J., Prestage, G., Bavinton, B., Holt, M., Murphy, D., Guy, R.,Keen, P., Zablotska-Manos, I., Brown, G., Honnor, G., Batrouney, C. (2012) The TAXI-KAB Study - Thinking About eXposure to Infection – Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs, The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales
Public Health Association of Australia (2011) Policy Statement on HIV – revised by Graham Brown (and reindorsed by PHA AGM) in 2005, 2008 and 2011, http://www.phaa.net.au/documents/111204__HIV-AIDS%20Policy%20FINAL-with%20cover%20sheet.pdf
Australian Government. (2010). Sixth National HIV Strategy 2010-2013 , Department of Health and Ageing,. Canberra: Commonwealth Government of Australia (Graham Brown, Co-Chair-Expert Writing Group)
Brown, G., Ellard, J., Prestage, G. And Mooney-Somers, J. (2010) “…not some young tourist”: The male overseas acquired HIV social research study, Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Perth, Western Australia.
Down, I., Bradley, J., Ellard, J., Brown, G., Grulich, A., Prestage, G. (2010) Experiences of HIV: The seroconversion study. Kirby Institute, Sydney
Prestage G, McCann Pd, Hurley M, Bradley J, Down I, Brown, G (2010) Pleasure and Sexual Health: The PASH Study 2009.Monograph, National Centre In HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Sydney Australia.
Brown, G. (2010) Positive Peer Support Programs, Meanings and Experience, Strategic Review, Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Perth, Western Australia
Book Chapters prior to 2010
Howat P, Brown G, Burns S, McManus A. (2008) Use of the PRECEDE-PROCEED Framework to guide planning and evaluation for health promotion. In: S Jirojwong & P Liamputtong, Population health, communities and health promotion. Oxford Press: Sydney,
Peer Reviewed Publications Prior to 2010
Maswanya Es, Brown, G And Merriman G. (2009) HIV Testing, Counselling Services, Attitudes to People Living with HIV/AIDS among College Students in Tanzania- East African Journal of Public Health 5, 19-27.
Maswanya, E., Brown, G. Merriman,G. (2009) Attitudes and beliefs about HIV/AIDS behaviour and education among Tanzanian youth. Sexual Health, 6 293-299
Hyde, Z., Comfort, J., Mcmanus, A., Brown, G., Howat, P. (2009) Alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use amongst same-sex attracted women: results from the Western Australian Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health and Well-Being Survey, BMC Public Health 9:317
Bangor-Jones R, Mak, D., Laing, S., Brown, G (2009) Social marketing strategy to increase awareness of non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (NPEP) followed by increased NPEP awareness and more appropriate use Sexual Health, 6, 348–349
Burns, S., Maycock , B., Brown, G., Cross, D. (2008). The power of peers: why some students bully others to conform. Qualitative Health Research. 18 1704-1706.
Burns, S., Maycock , B., Cross, D., Brown, G. (2008). ‘Woodpushers are gay’: The role of provocation in bullying. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. 10(4): 40-49.
Hallett, J., Brown, G., Maycock, B., Langdon, P. (2007) “Changing Communities, Changing Spaces: The Challenges of Health Promotion Outreach in Cyberspace” Promotion and Education : Journal of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education 14(3) 150-4
Brown, G., Lobo, R., Maycock, B. BURNS, S (2007) A Framework for Defining the Role of Peer-Based Approaches in Mental Health Promotion. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion 9(3)
LOBO, R And BROWN, G (2007) Urban myths? Developing locally-relevant outreach approaches for marginalised youth in regional areas, Health Promotion Journal of Australia 18, 109-112
McManus, A., Brown, G., Maycock, B. (2007) Western Australian Food Security Project BMC Public Health 8
Brown G, Maycock B, Burns S (2005) Your Picture is Your Bait: Use and Meaning of Cyberspace Amongst Gay Men. Journal of Sex Research 42(5)p 63-73
Brown G, Maycock B (2005) Different spaces, same faces: Perth gay men’s experiences of sexuality, risk and HIV. Culture, Health and Sexuality 7(1) p59-72
Brown G, Maycock B, Prestage G, Van De Ven P. (2004) Sex in two cities - Gay men, risk and HIV in Perth and Sydney. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. 16(1): p. 3-8.
Research monographs and government reports prior to 2010
BROWN, G AND JOUBERT, N (2009). Travel Safe Campaign Research and Evaluation 2008-2009. Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, Perth, Western Australia.
BROWN G AND JOUBERT N. (2009). Sex in Other Cities: HIV/AIDS Prevention Project 2008-09. Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, Perth, Western Australia.
BROWN G, JOUBERT N, CRAWFORD G, SINGH, A, AND LANGDON T. (2009). Safe Sex No Regrets Implementation and Evaluation 2008-2009. Western Australian AIDS Council, Perth, Western Australia.
ZABLOTSKA, I., BROWN, G., FRANKLAND, A., PRESTAGE, G., & LANGDON, T. (2009). Gay Community Periodic Survey: Perth 2008. Sydney: National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales.
CRAWFORD G, BROWN G, NICHOLSON C, YAM S AND LANGDON T. (2008). Safe Sex No Regrets Implementation and Evaluation 2007-2008. Western Australian AIDS Council, Perth, Western Australia.
SORENSON A and BROWN G. (2007) Report on the Sexual Health Education of Young People in WA. Western Australian Department of Health: Perth.
ZABLOTSKA, I., BROWN, G., FRANKLAND, A., PRESTAGE, G.,KIPPAX, S., & LANGDON, T. (2007). Gay Community Periodic Survey: Perth 2006 (GCPS Report 3/2007). Sydney: National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales.
HYDE Z, COMFORT J, BROWN G, MCMANUS A, HOWAT P (2007) The Health and Wellbeing of lesbian and bisexual. Women in Western Australia. Perth: The Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University. ISBN 1 74067 538X
BROWN, G and HYDE, Z(2006 ) NetReach Project Evaluation (Peer based sexual health promotion outreach program targeting gay and other men who have sex with men who use internet chat rooms), Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations, Sydney.
Lobo, R., Brown, G., Maycock, B., Burns, S. (2006) POSSAY Project Final Report. WA Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University ISBN-10 1-875978-94-6.
Hyde, Z, Brown, G., Hallett, J. (2006) CyberReach Project Final Report. WA Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University
Hallett, J., Brown, G. (2006) CyberReach Project Research Summary and Practitioner Manual. WA Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University.
LOBO, R., & BROWN, G. (2004) Final report on Same Sky Project, WA Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University.
BROWN, G. (2004) Final report on Celebrate Diversity Project, WA Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University.
What Works and Why (W3) Project - application of systems thinking to the understanding and evaluation of peer and community led programs in HIV and hepatitis C
HIV Futures - National survey of PLHIV
For other projects, see the Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society Website for full details.