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Ms Elena Cama

Centre for Social Research in Health


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Elena is a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales.

She graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2012 with a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Honours Class 1. Her Honours thesis examined university students’ judgements of male and transgender victim blame in sexual assault cases.

She is currently working on a national study, which aims to monitor stigma among people living with blood borne viruses and STIs. Elena is also completing a Master of Public Health part-time at the University of Sydney.

She previously worked at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales and for the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland.


    Journal articles

    • Brener L;Cama E;Broady T;Hopwood M;de Wit J;Treloar C, 2019, 'Predictors of health care workers’ support for discriminatory treatment and care of people who inject drugs', Psychology, Health and Medicine, vol. 24, pp. 439 - 445, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2018.1546018
    • Brener L;Bryant J;Cama E;Pepolin L;Harrod ME, 2018, 'Patterns of Peer Distribution of Injecting Equipment at an Authorized Distribution Site in Sydney, Australia', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 53, pp. 2405 - 2412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2018.1480039
    • Broady TR;Cama E;Brener L;Hopwood M;de Wit J;Treloar C, 2018, 'Responding to a national policy need: development of a stigma indicator for bloodborne viruses and sexually transmissible infections', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 42, pp. 513 - 515, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12809
    • Larance B;Gisev N;Cama E;Nelson EC;Darke S;Larney S;Degenhardt L, 2018, 'Predictors of transitions across stages of heroin use and dependence prior to treatment-seeking among people in treatment for opioid dependence', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 191, pp. 145 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.03.056
    • Treloar C;Hopwood M;Cama E;Saunders V;Jackson LC;Walker M;Ooi C;Ubrihien A;Ward J, 2018, 'Evaluation of the Deadly Liver Mob program: Insights for roll-out and scale-up of a pilot program to engage Aboriginal Australians in hepatitis C and sexual health education, screening, and care', Harm Reduction Journal, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12954-018-0209-y
    • Cama E;Brener L;Slavin S;de Wit J, 2017, 'The relationship between negative responses to HIV status disclosure and psychosocial outcomes among people living with HIV', Journal of Health Psychology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105317722404
    • Brener L;Cama E;Hull P;Treloar C, 2017, 'Evaluation of an online injecting drug use stigma intervention targeted at health providers in New South Wales, Australia', Health Psychology Open, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2055102917707180
    • Gisev N;Larance B;Cama E;Nielsen S;Roxburgh A;Bruno R;Degenhardt L, 2017, 'A nationwide study of the extent and factors associated with fentanyl use in Australia', Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.04.002
    • Cama E;Brener L;Wilson H;von Hippel C, 2016, 'Internalized Stigma Among People Who Inject Drugs', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 51, pp. 1664 - 1668, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2016.1188951
    • Gisev N;Nielsen S;Cama E;Larance B;Bruno R;Degenhardt L, 2016, 'An ecological study of the extent and factors associated with the use of prescription and over-the-counter codeine in Australia', European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, vol. 72, pp. 469 - 494, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00228-015-1995-8
    • Degenhardt L;Gisev N;Cama E;Nielsen S;Larance B;Bruno R, 2016, 'The extent and correlates of community-based pharmaceutical opioid utilisation in Australia', Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, vol. 25, pp. 521 - 538, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pds.3931
    • Larney S;Cama E;Nelson E;Larance B;Degenhardt L, 2016, 'A cross-sectional study of correlates of imprisonment in opioid-dependent men and women in New South Wales, Australia', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 35, pp. 686 - 692, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12357
    • Peacock A;Degenhardt L;Larance B;Cama E;Lintzeris N;Ali R;Bruno R, 2015, 'A typology of people who tamper with pharmaceutical opioids: responses to introduction of a tamper-resistant formulation of controlled-release oxycodone', Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, vol. 24, pp. 1321 - 1333, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pds.3883
    • Brener L;Murphy DA;Cama EJ;Ellard J, 2015, 'Hepatitis C risk factors, attitudes and knowledge among HIV-positive, HIV-negative and HIV-untested gay and bisexual men in Australia', Sexual Health, vol. 12, pp. 411 - 417, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH14239
    • Larance B;Lintzeris N;Bruno R;Peacock A;Cama E;Ali R;Kihas I;Hordern A;White N;Degenhardt L, 2015, 'The characteristics of a cohort who tamper with prescribed and diverted opioid medications', Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2015.06.001
    • Cama E;Brener L;Slavin S;De Wit J, 2015, 'The impact of HIV treatment-related stigma on uptake of antiretroviral therapy', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, vol. 27, pp. 739 - 742, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2014.998614
    • Peacock A;Bruno R;Cama E;Kihas I;Larance B;Lintzeris N;Hordern A;White N;Ali R;Degenhardt L, 2015, 'Jurisdictional differences in opioid use, other licit and illicit drug use, and harms associated with substance use among people who tamper with pharmaceutical opioids', Drug and Alcohol Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12279
    • Cama EJ;Wilson H;Mackenzie A;Brener L, 2015, 'Hepatitis C Stigma and Empowerment Through Positive Speaking in Sydney, Australia', Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/casp.2222
    • Peacock A;Degenhardt L;Hordern A;Larance B;Cama E;White N;Kihas I;Bruno R, 2014, 'Methods and predictors of tampering with a tamper-resistant controlled-release oxycodone formulation', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 26, pp. 1265 - 1272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.05.023
    • Cama E;Brener L;Bryant J, 2014, 'Characteristics and attendance patterns of a fixed-site NSP and nearby SVM: The benefits of 24-hour access to sterile injecting equipment', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 21, pp. 476 - 481, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09687637.2014.956051
    • 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
    • Brener L;Rose G;Treloar C;Cama EJ;Whiticker M, 2014, 'Mental health support workers attitudes towards hepatitis c and injecting drug use: Barriers to recovery?', Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, vol. 7, pp. 217 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17523281.2013.806951
    • Rose G;Cama E;Brener L;Treloar C, 2013, 'Knowledge and attitudes towards hepatitis C and injecting drug use among mental-health support workers of a community managed organisation', Australian Health Review, vol. 37, pp. 654 - 659, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH13134
    • Brener L;Gray R;Cama EJ;Treloar C, 2013, ''Makes you wanna do treatment': Benefits of a hepatitis C specialist clinic to clients in Christchurch, New Zealand', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 21, pp. 216 - 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12009


    • Cama E;Broady T;Brener L;Hopwood M;de Wit J;Treloar C, 2018, Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project: Summary Report, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
    • Cama E;Durbach A, 2017, Local Perspectives: a case study on responses to sexual violence in a university setting, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW, The Caledonia Foundation
    • Hopwood MN;Cama E;Treloar C, 2016, Methamphetamine use among men who have sex with men in Australia: A literature review, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/58d4418d0a14b

    Conference Presentations

    • Broady T;Cama E;Brener L;Hopwood M;de Wit J;Treloar C, 2018, 'The National Stigma Indicator Project: Key findings and lessons regarding people living with HCV and people who inject drugs', presented at Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Adelaide, 13 - 15 August 2018
    • Cama E;Brener L;Hopwood M;Treloar C;de Wit J, 2016, 'Development of a brief indicator of stigma among people living with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections in Australia', presented at 14th Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Related Diseases, Sydney, 31 March - 01 April 2016
    • Cama E;Brener L;Hopwood M;Treloar C;de Wit J, 2016, 'Stigma among people living with hepatitis C and people who inject drugs in Australia', presented at 10th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Gold Coast, 29 September - 01 October 2016
    • Treloar C;Cama E;Brener L;Hopwood M;de wit J, 2016, 'Development of a national monitoring system of stigma among people living with HIV in Australia', presented at Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference (26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine), Adelaide, 16 - 18 November 2016