Elena Cama

Research Associate
BCCJ (Hons Class 1)
Centre for Social Research in Health


+61 2 93851086
Room 321, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus


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;Hull P;Treloar C, 2017, 'Evaluation of an online injecting drug use stigma intervention targeted at health providers in New South Wales, Australia.', Health Psychol Open, vol. 4, pp. 2055102917707180, 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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pds.3883
    • 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, vol. 34, pp. 611 - 622, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12279
    • 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
    • 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, vol. 25, pp. 418 - 431, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/casp.2222
    • 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;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


    • 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

    • 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