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Associate Professor Christy Newman

Associate Professor
Centre for Social Research in Health


+61 2 9385 4717
Room 311, Goodsell Building
Fields: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Public Health and Health Services, Sociology, Other Studies in Human Society
Tags: Social Structure and Health, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society, Health and Support Services


Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. Additional information is available at: thisnewman.net

Drawing on her background in health sociology and cultural studies, Christy examines both experiences and representations of health, sexuality and relationships across a range of collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. She is particularly interested in the way contemporary ideas about inclusivity and diversity are promoted and problematised in health policy and practice, especially in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, blood borne virus prevention and care, child and family wellbeing, mental health, cancer care, migrant and refugee health, and Aboriginal health. 

Throughout her work, Christy aims to facilitate intersections across the social and biomedical sciences, and between research, policy, clinical and community domains. She is Joint Editor-in-Chief of Health Sociology Review (Taylor & Francis), Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, Committee Member (and past Convenor) of the Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference 'Social, Cultural and Political Aspects of HIV and Related Infections in the Australasian Region' theme, and Committee Member of the Behavioural Research and Advocacy Stream, 2018 IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress

Christy was awarded a University Medal and first class honours for her undergraduate degree in media communications and cultural studies (Murdoch University), and a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies in health, sexuality and culture (UNSW). She has authored close to 80 peer reviewed publications, and led or contributed to securing over three million dollars in research funding. She was awarded the 2010 Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the 2017 Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award from the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance.

Selected current projects:


    Book Chapters

    • Nathan S;Newman CE;Lancaster K, 2018, 'Qualitative interviewing', in Liamputtong P (ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, Springer, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-2779-6_77-1
    • Callander D;Holt M;Newman CE, 2017, 'Gay racism', in Riggs D (ed.), The Psychic Life of Racism in Gay Men’s Communities, edn. Critical Perspectives on the Psychology of Sexuality, Gender, Rowman & Littlefield, Maryland USA, pp. 1 - 13, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498537148/The-Psychic-Life-of-Racism-in-Gay-Men's-Communities
    • Fair C;Albright JA;Newman CE, 2017, 'Psychosocial Considerations for Children and Adolescents with HIV', in Chenneville T (ed.), A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV: Bridging the Gaps between Research and Practice, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 73 - 94, http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319497020
    • Newman CE;Persson AS;Ellard J, 2016, 'Pills, providers and partners: Exploring trust among serodiscordant couples in Australia', in Persson AS; Hughes S (ed.), Cross-cultural perspectives on couples with mixed HIV status: Beyond positive/negative, Springer, pp. 265 - 276, http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-42725-6
    • Botfield J;Zwi A;Newman CE, 2016, 'Young migrants and sexual and reproductive health care', in Thomas F (ed.), Handbook of Migration and Health, Eldward Elgar Publishing, pp. 438 - 458, http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-of-migration-and-health
    • Persson AS;Newman CE;Miller A, 2016, ''There's more to you than just this virus': Young people growing up with perinatally acquired HIV in Australia', in Liamputtong P (ed.), Children and Young People Living with HIV/AIDS : a cross-cultural perspective, edn. Cross-Cultural Research in Health, Illness and Well-Being, Springer International Publishing, pp. 107 - 124, http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-29936-5
    • Newman P;Newman CE, 2012, 'Cars', in Beilharz P; Hogan T (ed.), Sociology: Place, time & division, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, pp. 302 - 307
    • Newman CE;Newman P;Whitehead R, 2006, 'Campaign for Sydney: Media intervention for a sustainability agenda', in Innovation, education and communication for sustainable development: Vol. 24 Environmental education, communication and sustainability, edn. Revised, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, pp. 627 - 647

    Journal articles

    • Newman CE, 2018, 'Queer families: valuing stories of adversity, diversity and belonging', Culture, Health and Sexuality, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2018.1468032
    • Botfield J;Zwi A;Rutherford A;Newman CE, 2018, 'Accounts of learning about sex and relationships among migrant and refugee young people in Sydney, Australia: “I never got the talk about the birds and the bees”', Sex Education, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2018.1464905
    • Botfield J;Newman CE;Kang M;Zwi A, 2018, 'Talking to migrant and refugee young people about sexual health in general practice', Australian Journal of General Practice
    • Cui J;Mao L;Rose G;Newman CE, 2018, 'Understanding Client Empowerment: An Online Survey of Social Workers Serving People with Mental Health Issues', The British Journal of Social Work
    • Lenette C;Botfield JR;Boydell K;Haire B;Newman CE;Zwi AB, 2018, 'Beyond Compliance Checking: A Situated Approach to Visual Research Ethics', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11673-018-9850-0
    • Botfield JR;Newman CE;Zwi AB, 2018, 'Engaging Migrant and Refugee Young People with Sexual Health Care: Does Generation Matter More Than Culture?', Sexuality Research and Social Policy, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13178-018-0320-6
    • Lazuardi E;Bell S;Newman CE, 2018, 'A ‘scoping review’ of qualitative literature about engagement with HIV care in Indonesia', Sexual Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH17163
    • Persson A;Newman CE;Manolas P;Holt M;Callander D;Gordon T;de Wit J, 2017, 'Challenging Perceptions of “Straight”: Heterosexual Men Who Have Sex with Men and the Cultural Politics of Sexual Identity Categories', Men and Masculinities, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1097184X17718586
    • Persson A;Newman CE;Hamilton M;Bryant J;Wallace J;Valentine K, 2017, 'Families living with blood-borne viruses: The case for extending the concept of "serodiscordance"', Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases, vol. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2017/4352783
    • Botfield JR;Newman CE;Lenette C;Albury K;Zwi AB, 2017, 'Using digital storytelling to promote the sexual health and well-being of migrant and refugee young people: A scoping review', Health Education Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0017896917745568
    • Newman CE;Persson A;Manolas P;Schmidt HM A;Ooi C;Rutherford A;de Wit J, 2017, '“So Much Is at Stake”: Professional Views on Engaging Heterosexually Identified Men who Have Sex with Men with Sexual Health Care in Australia', Sexuality Research and Social Policy, pp. 1 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13178-017-0291-z
    • Persson A;Newman CE;Ellard J, 2017, 'Breaking Binaries? Biomedicine and Serostatus Borderlands among Couples with Mixed HIV Status', Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, vol. 36, pp. 699 - 713, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01459740.2017.1298594
    • Botfield JR;Newman CE;Zwi AB, 2017, 'Drawing them in: professional perspectives on the complexities of engaging ‘culturally diverse’ young people with sexual and reproductive health promotion and care in Sydney, Australia', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 19, pp. 438 - 452, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2016.1233354
    • Newman CE;Gray R;Brener L;Jackson LC;Dillon A;Saunders V;Johnson P;Treloar C, 2017, '"i had a little bit of a bloke meltdown...But the next day, i was up": Understanding cancer experiences among aboriginal men', Cancer Nursing, vol. 40, pp. E1 - E8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0000000000000399
    • Persson A;Newman CE;Miller A, 2017, 'Caring for ‘underground’ kids: qualitative interviews with clinicians about key issues for young people growing up with perinatally acquired HIV in Australia', International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, vol. 22, pp. 1 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673843.2013.866149
    • Persson A;Newman CE;Mao L;de Wit J, 2016, 'On the Margins of Pharmaceutical Citizenship: Not Taking HIV Medication in the “Treatment Revolution” Era', Medical Anthropology Quarterly, vol. 30, pp. 359 - 377, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maq.12274
    • Newland ;Newman C;Treloar C, 2016, '“We get by with a little help from our friends”: Small-scale informal and large-scale formal peer distribution networks of sterile injecting equipment in Australia', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 34, pp. 65 - 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.04.005
    • Botfield JR;Newman CE;Zwi AB, 2016, 'Young people from culturally diverse backgrounds and their use of services for sexual and reproductive health needs: A structured scoping review', Sexual Health, vol. 13, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH15090
    • Newman CE;Persson A;Bains A;De Wit J, 2016, 'Whose voices inform online representations of HIV treatment as prevention?', AIDS, vol. 30, pp. 808 - 810, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0000000000000983
    • Callander D;Holt M;Newman CE, 2016, ''Not everyone’s gonna like me': Accounting for race and racism in sex and dating web services for gay and bisexual men', Ethnicities, vol. 16, pp. 3 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468796815581428
    • Persson A;Ellard J;Newman CE, 2016, 'Bridging the HIV Divide: Stigma, Stories and Serodiscordant Sexuality in the Biomedical Age', Sexuality and Culture, vol. 20, pp. 197 - 213, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12119-015-9316-z
    • Newman CE;de Wit JB F;Reynolds RH;Canavan PG;Kidd MR, 2015, '‘Who’s coming up next to do this work?’ Generational tensions in accounts of providing HIV care in the community', Health (United Kingdom), vol. 20, pp. 258 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459315583155
    • Newman CE, 2015, 'Appreciating doubts about HIV medicine', Journal of the International AIDS Society, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.18.1.20717
    • Newman CE;Persson A;Miller A;Brown RJ, 2015, ''Just take your medicine and everything will be fine': Responsibilisation narratives in accounts of transitioning young people with HIV into adult care services in Australia', AIDS Care, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2015.1069790
    • Callander D;Newman CE;Holt M, 2015, 'Is Sexual Racism Really Racism? Distinguishing Attitudes Toward Sexual Racism and Generic Racism Among Gay and Bisexual Men', Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 44, pp. 1991 - 2000, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10508-015-0487-3
    • Newman CE;Mao L;Persson A;Holt M;Slavin S;Kidd MR;Post JJ;Wright E;De Wit J, 2015, ''Not Until I'm Absolutely Half-Dead and Have To:' Accounting for Non-Use of Antiretroviral Therapy in Semi-Structured Interviews with People Living with HIV in Australia', AIDS Patient Care and STDs, vol. 29, pp. 267 - 278, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/apc.2014.0301
    • Treloar C;Gray R;Brener L;Jackson C;Saunders V;Johnson P;Harris M;Butow P;Newman C, 2014, 'Health literacy in relation to cancer: addressing the silence about and absence of cancer discussion among Aboriginal people, communities and health services', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, vol. 10, pp. 81 - 81, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajco.12303
    • Newman ;Persson AS;Miller A;Cama E, 2014, 'Bridging worlds, breaking rules: Clinician perspectives on transitioning young people with perinatally acquired HIV into adult care in a low prevalence setting', AIDS Patient Care and Stds, vol. 28, pp. 381 - 393, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/apc.2013.0346
    • Newman CE;De Wit J;Persson A;Holt M;Slavin S;Kidd MR;Post JJ;Wright E;Mao L, 2014, 'Understanding Concerns About Treatment-as-Prevention Among People with HIV who are not Using Antiretroviral Therapy', AIDS and Behavior, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10461-014-0959-9
    • Newman C;Persson A;Miller A;Cama E, 2014, 'Bridging Worlds, Breaking Rules: Clinician Perspectives on Transitioning Young People with Perinatally Acquired HIV Into Adult Care in a Low Prevalence Setting', AIDS Patient Care and STDs, vol. 28, pp. 381 - 393, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/apc.2013.0346
    • Newman CE;de Wit JB F;Crooks L;Reynolds RH;Canavan PG;Kidd MR, 2014, 'Challenges of providing HIV care in general practice', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 2014, pp. 1 - 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY13119
    • Persson A;Newman CE;Hopwood M;Kidd MR;Canavan PG;Kippax SC;Reynolds RH;De Wit JB F, 2014, 'No ordinary mainstream illness: How HIV doctors perceive the virus', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 24, pp. 6 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732313514139
    • Newman CE;Reynolds R;Gray RM;Canavan P;De Wit J;McMurchie M;McCoy R;Kidd MR, 2013, 'Surviving an epidemic: Australian GPs on caring for people with HIV and AIDS in the 'early years'', Australian Family Physician, vol. 42, pp. 734 - 738, http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2013/october/surviving-an-epidemic/
    • Treloar C;Gray R;Brener L;Jackson C;Saunders V;Johnson P;Harris M;Newman C;Butow P, 2013, '"I can't do this, it's too much": building social inclusion in cancer diagnosis and treatment experiences of Aboriginal people, their carers and health workers', International Journal of Public Health, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00038-013-0466-1
    • Treloar C;Gray R;Brener L;Jackson C;Saunders V;Johnson P;Harris M;Newman C;Butow P, 2013, 'Health literacy in relation to cancer: Addressing the silence about and absence of cancer discussion among Aboriginal people, communities and health services', Health and Social Care in the Community, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12054
    • Newman CE;Gray R;Brener L;Jackson LC;Johnson P;Saunders V;Harris M;Butow P;Treloar C, 2013, 'One size fits all? The discursive framing of cultural difference in health professional accounts of providing cancer care to Aboriginal people', Ethnicity and Health, vol. 18, pp. 433 - 447, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2012.754408
    • Hopwood MN;Newman C;Persson A;Watts I;de Wit J;Reynolds R;Canavan P;Kippax S;Kidd M, 2013, 'Expert perspectives on the contribution of HIV general practice nursing to the 'extraordinary story' of HIV medicine in Australia', Primary Health Care Research and Development, vol. 15, pp. 180 - 189, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423613000108
    • Newman CE;Persson AS;de Wit J;Reynolds R;Canavan P;Kippax S;Kidd M, 2013, 'At the coalface and the cutting edge: General practitioners' accounts of the rewards of engaging with HIV medicine', BMC Family Practice, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-14-39
    • Newman CE;Persson AS;Paquette D;Kidd M, 2013, 'The new cultural politics of the waiting room: Straight men, gay-friendly clinics and 'inclusive' HIV care', Sexuality Research and Social Policy, vol. 10, pp. 87 - 96, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13178-013-0111-z
    • Newman CE;Kidd MR;Kippax SC;Reynolds R;Canavan P;de Wit J, 2013, 'Engaging non-HIV specialist general practitioners with new priorities in HIV prevention and treatment: qualitative insights from those currently working in the field', Sexual Health, vol. 10, pp. 193 - 198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH12157
    • Persson A;Newman C, 2012, 'When HIV-positive children grow up: A critical analysis of the transition literature in developed countries', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 22, pp. 656 - 667, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732311431445
    • Holt M;Bryant J;Newman CE;Paquette DM;Mao L;Kidd MR;Saltman DC;Kippax SC, 2012, 'Patterns of Alcohol and Other Drug Use Associated with Major Depression Among Gay Men Attending General Practices in Australia', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, vol. 10, pp. 141 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-011-9330-9
    • Bryant J;Newman CE;Holt M;Paquette DM;Gray R;Canavan PG;Saltman DC;Kippax SC;Kidd MR, 2012, 'Does drug and alcohol use undermine concordance between doctors' assessments of major depression and patients' scores on a screening tool for depression among gay men attending general practice?', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 18, pp. 116 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY11011
    • Callander D;Holt M;Newman CE, 2012, 'Just a preference: Racialised language in the sex-seeking profiles of gay and bisexual men', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 14, pp. 1049 - 1063, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2012.714799
    • Newman CE;De Wit JB F;Kippax SC;Reynolds RH;Canavan PG;Kidd MR, 2012, 'The role of the general practitioner in the Australian approach to HIV care: Interviews with 'key informants' from government, non-government and professional organisations', Sexually Transmitted Infections, vol. 88, pp. 132 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/sextrans-2011-050130
    • Newman CE;Holt M;Bryant J;Kippax SC;Paquette D;Canavan P;Kidd MR;Saltman D, 2012, 'Comparing 'doctor' and 'patient' beliefs about the role of illicit drug use in gay men's depression', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 20, pp. 412 - 419, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2011.01044.x
    • Körner H;Newman C;Mao L;Kidd MR;Saltman D;Kippax S, 2011, ''The black dog just came and sat on my face and built a kennel': Gay men making sense of 'depression'', Health, vol. 15, pp. 417 - 436, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459310372511
    • Körner H;Newman CE;Mao L;Kidd MR;Saltman DC;Kippax S, 2011, 'Discourses of depression of australian general practitioners working with gay men', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 21, pp. 1051 - 1064, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732311404030
    • Persson A;Ellard J;Newman C;Holt M;De Wit J, 2011, 'Human rights and universal access for men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs: A qualitative analysis of the 2010 UNGASS narrative country progress reports', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 73, pp. 467 - 474, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.05.047
    • Newman CE;Kidd MR;de Wit JB F;Reynolds RH;Canavan PG;Kippax SC, 2011, 'What moves a family doctor to specialise in HIV? Interviews with Australian policy key informants', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 13, pp. 1151 - 1164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2011.607904
    • Newman C;Mao L;Canavan PG;Kidd MR;Saltman DC;Kippax SC, 2010, 'HIV generations? Generational discourse in interviews with Australian general practitioners and their HIV positive gay male patients', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 70, pp. 1721 - 1727, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.02.006
    • Newman C;Kippax S;Mao L;Saltman D;Kidd M, 2010, 'Roles ascribed to general practitioners by gay men with depression', Australian Family Physician, vol. 39, pp. 667 - 671
    • Newman C;Persson A, 2009, 'Fear, complacency and the spectacle of risk: The making of HIV as a public concern in Australia', Health, vol. 13, pp. 7 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459308097358
    • Mao L;Kidd MR;Rogers G;Andrews G;Newman CE;Booth A;Saltman DC;Kippax SC, 2009, 'Social factors associated with major depressive disorder in homosexually active, gay men attending general practices in urban Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 33, pp. 83 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00344.x
    • Newman CE;Kippax SC;Mao L;Rogers GD;Saltman DC;Kidd MR, 2009, 'Features of the management of depression in gay men and men with HIV from the perspective of Australian GPs', Family Practice, vol. 26, pp. 27 - 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fampra/cmn089
    • Mao L;Newman CE;Kidd MR;Saltman DC;Rogers GD;Kippax SC, 2009, 'Self-reported sexual difficulties and their association with depression and other factors among gay men attending high HIV-caseload general practices in Australia', Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol. 6, pp. 1378 - 1385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2008.01160.x
    • Persson A;Newman C, 2008, 'Making monsters: Heterosexuality, crime and race in recent Western media coverage of HIV', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 30, pp. 632 - 646, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01082.x
    • Newman C;Kippax S;Mao L;Saltman A M D;Kidd M, 2008, 'GPs understanding of how depression affects gay and HIV positive men', Australian Family Physician, vol. 37, pp. 678 - 680
    • Körner H;Newman C;Mao L;Kippax S;Kidd MR;Saltman D, 2008, ''It's really a myriad of different signals, not just the textbook': The complexities of diagnosing depression in gay men in general practice', Mental Health in Family Medicine, vol. 5, pp. 167 - 175
    • Saltman DC;Newman CE;Mao L;Kippax SC;Kidd MR, 2008, 'Experiences in managing problematic crystal methamphetamine use and associated depression in gay men and HIV positive men: In-depth interviews with general practitioners in Sydney, Australia', BMC Family Practice, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-9-45
    • Mao L;Kippax SC;Newman CE;Andrews G;Rogers G;Saltman DC;Kidd MR, 2008, 'Rates of depression among men attending high-HIV-caseload general practices in Australia', Mental Health in Family Medicine, vol. 5, pp. 79 - 83
    • Newman C;Butow P;Knight R;McMillan K;Treloar C;Kippax S;Eades S, 2008, 'Cancer and aboriginal people in Australia: A review of the literature', Critical Public Health, vol. 18, pp. 65 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581590701881615
    • Newman C, 2007, 'Reader letters to women's health magazines', Feminist Media Studies, vol. 7, pp. 155 - 170, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680770701287027
    • Newman CE;Bonar M;Greville HS;Thompson SC;Bessarab D;Kippax SC, 2007, 'Barriers and incentives to HIV treatment uptake among Aboriginal people in Western Australia', AIDS, vol. 21, pp. S13 - S17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.aids.0000255080.46976.18
    • Newman CE;Bonar M;Greville HS;Thompson SC;Bessarab D;Kippax SC, 2007, 'Barriers and incentives to HIV treatment uptake among Aboriginal people in Western Australia', AIDS, vol. 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.aids.0000298098.71861.1a
    • Newman CE;Bonar M;Greville H;Thompson SC;Bessarab D;Kippax SC, 2007, ''Everything is okay': The influence of neoliberal discourse on the reported experiences of Aboriginal people in Western Australia who are HIV-positive', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 9, pp. 571 - 584, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691050701496913
    • Persson A;Newman C, 2006, 'Potency and vulnerability: Troubled 'selves' in the context of antiretroviral therapy', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 63, pp. 1586 - 1596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.04.001
    • Newman C;Persson A;Ellard J, 2006, ''We just don't know': Ambivalence about treatment strategies in the Australian community-based HIV media', Health, vol. 10, pp. 191 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459306061788
    • Friedman SR;Kippax SC;Phaswana-Mafuya N;Rossi D;Newman CE, 2006, 'Emerging future issues in HIV/AIDS social research', AIDS, vol. 20, pp. 959 - 965, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.aids.0000222066.30125.b9
    • Newman CE, 2005, 'Sex, drugs and bad poetry: Editing Sydney`s community health magazines', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 84, pp. 109 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443050509387996
    • Newman CE, 2005, 'Healthy, wealthy and globalized? Reader letters to Australian Men`s Health magazine', Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 19, pp. 299 - 313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304310500084681




Christy supervises postgraduate research students who take a qualitative and/or sociological approach to exploring contemporary issues in health policy and practice. 

Current UNSW students

Jessica Botfield (doctoral candidate) Engaging young people from culturally diverse backgrounds with sexual and reproductive health services in Sydney. Enrolled in UNSW School of Social Sciences. Joint supervision with Professor Anthony Zwi (School of Social Sciences) and Dr Alison Rutherford (School of Public Health and Community Medicine).

Jialing (Angela) Cui (doctoral candidate) Understanding empowerment of people with severe mental illness in the community: Through the eyes of social work practitioners in Sydney and Hong Kong. Enrolled in Centre for Social Research in Health. Joint supervision with Dr Limin Mao (CSRH).

Elan Lazuardi (doctoral candidate) Understanding engagement with HIV care in Indonesian urban ART clinics. Enrolled in The Kirby Institute. Joint supervision with Dr Stephen Bell.

Madeline News (Scientia doctoral candidate) Closing the Gap? Critical perspectives on health policy and Indigenous self-determination. Enrolled in Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit. Joint supervision with Associate Professor Reuben Bolt and Dr Diana Perche.

Current external students

Dr Catriona Ooi (doctoral candidate) The sexual health and access to care of men who have sex with men (MSM) in western Sydney. Enrolled in Sydney Medical School. Auxiliary (co) supervision with Professor David Lewis (Director of the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre and Professor at the University of Sydney) and Professor Basil Donovan (The Kirby Institute).

Ms Lisa Wojciechowski (doctoral candidate) Young adults living with HIV in Australia: Understanding their relationship to their health and to HIV health services. Enrolled in University of Melbourne. Joint supervision with Associate Professor Louise Harms.

Completed students

Dr Jamee Newland (graduated 2015): Safety in the silence: A qualitative social network analysis of hepatitis C risk and prevention in three networks of Australians who inject drugs. PhD jointly supervised with Professor Carla Treloar (CSRH).

Dr Dean Murphy (graduated 2014): A child of one’s own’ : enacting kinship among gay men pursuing parenthood through surrogacy. PhD jointly supervised with Dr Asha Persson (CSRH).

Dr Denton Callander (graduated 2014): Just a Preference: Exploring concepts of race among gay men looking for sex or dates online. PhD jointly supervised with Dr Martin Holt (CSRH). Faculty finalist in 2013 'Three Minute Thesis' competition.

Dr Rebecca Gray (graduated 2013): The dynamics of shame: navigating professional complexities when counselling in alcohol and other drug settingsPhD jointly supervised with Dr kylie valentine (Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW).

Honours and prizes


Doctor of Philosophy (2004) Looking after yourself: The cultural politics of health magazine reader lettersThe University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales.

Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours (1997) Repeat-the-beat: Industries, genres and citizenships in dance music magazines (PDF)Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.


Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award, Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (2017)

Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2010)
The Paul Bourke Lecture, August 2011

University Medal in Arts from Murdoch University (1996)

Professional contribution

Current editorial roles include Joint Editor-in-Chief of Health Sociology Review (Taylor & Francis) and Board Member of the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Current conference organisation roles include  Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference 'Social, Cultural and Political Aspects of HIV and Related Infections in the Australasian Region' theme, and 2018 IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress 'Behavioural Research and Advocacy Stream'.

Affiliations and membership

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