Living positive in Queensland through the eyes people living long term and those recently diagnosed with HIV

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A photo of Dr Lisa Fitzgerald & Dr Allyson Mutch You're invited to this public seminar as part of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) seminar series, presenting Dr Lisa Fitzgerald and Dr Allyson Mutch from the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. This public seminar will be held in Teaching Room 4, Level 20, La Trobe City Campus, 360 Collins Street.

Wednesday 26 June 2019 12:00 pm until Wednesday 26 June 2019 01:00 pm (Add to calendar)
ARCSHS Event staff
9479 8700;
Presented by:
Dr Lisa Fitzgerald & Dr Allyson Mutch
Type of Event:
Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training
Free (No RSVP required)

Drawing on two large community-based qualitative longitudinal studies, this presentation examines positive people’s complex, diverse and changing experiences of living with HIV during a time of increasing biomedically driven policy and services. Since 2013 this study has conducted multiple interviews with people living with HIV, including 73 long-term diagnosed and 40 recently diagnosed. This has resulted in nearly 300 in depth interviews from across urban and regional Queensland. This presentation will provide a unique insight into the experience of people with HIV, including the tensions between the liberating impact of biomedicalised treatment and prevention and its role in constructing new forms of inequalities, disregarding social determinants of health, the fracturing of communities and increasing invisibility. We discuss the implications for people living with HIV, policy and service provision in Queensland.

Dr Lisa Fitzgerald is a public health sociologist with research interests in the health and wellbeing of people experiencing marginalisation and the social determinants of (sexual) health. She is engaged in social research projects related to HIV, sexual health, young people, LGBTI health, and sex work.

Dr Allyson Mutch is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the social determinants of health and the health and wellbeing of people who are marginalised and experiencing disadvantage. She also focuses on the role of primary care and community based systems in supporting people who are experiencing disadvantage.


Teaching Room 4, Level 20, La Trobe City Campus

360 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC

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