ARCSHS Distinguished Lecture Series: Susan Kippax

ARCSHS is turning 25!

To celebrate we’re hosting a Distinguished Lecture Series showcasing senior academics from Australia and abroad discussing contemporary issues in sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships.

Please join us at the next lecture in the series entitled:

Working in Public Health: Challenges for Social Scientists in HIV Prevention Research

Professor Susan Kippax, Emeritus Professor UNSW

With reference to the history of the Australian HIV prevention response, this talk describes the challenges of working across discipline boundaries. It examines four concepts, concepts that highlight the differences in approach of biomedicine and social science.

  • Individual or Collective
  • Behaviour or Practice
  • Intervention or Education
  • Efficacy or Effectiveness

The first and second concepts underpin whether one understands populations at risk of HIV as comprised of unconnected individuals and their behaviours or members of collectives and their practices. The third concept focuses on whether, in efforts to reduce the risk of HIV transmission, one intervenes to change individual behaviours or whether collectives (communities and networks) educate their members to bring about desired changes via modifying social norms.  The final concept addresses how one might go about evaluating the effectiveness of HIV prevention.  The paper concludes by addressing the ‘return to the clinic’ via pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention (TasP).

This event is free but bookings are essential. Nibbles & drinks provided.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Time: 5.30pm

Location: Room 1.04, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne, 3000

Tickets: This event is free but bookings are essential


For more information contact Wendy Heywood