Established in 1990 with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, we are located within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales, Sydney. NCHSR is internationally recognised for its contribution to the Australian response to HIV and hepatitis C. While our core work has been the social aspects of HIV, particularly in regard to sexual practice, our research has expanded in recent years to include social research related to hepatitis C, injecting and illicit drug use, sexual health, Aboriginal health and the Asia-Pacific region.
NCHSR is highly regarded for its multidisciplinary approach, quality and range of work, timeliness of research findings, and engagement with those communities most affected by HIV, STIs and hepatitis C. NCHSR's core-funded strategic research has been strengthened by its location within an academic environment and the attendant scholarship and culture that entails. This has ensured research that is intellectually rigorous and valued by key decision makers.
Past and current NCHSR projects have focused on one or more of the following areas:
- Mapping of risk and practice
- Negotiating the medical field
- Cultural, social and political dynamics
- Community engagement and research transfer
NCHSR has a budget of nearly $3 million per year, spread over a large range of research projects. NCHSR currently employs over twenty research staff, working on either core or externally funded projects. They are supported by about eight technical and administrative staff. Core funding is received from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and competitive grants from the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council, AusAID, state health departments and other funding bodies.
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