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Primary a qualitative researcher, Christy works across a range of collaborative and multidisciplinary projects, funded by competitive and commissioned grants, particularly in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and blood borne virus prevention and care, and extending to the fields of sexual and gender diversity, child and family wellbeing, harm reduction, mental health, migrant and refugee health, and Aboriginal health. 

Much of her research has aimed to elucidate the lived experiences of those populations who have been less well engaged by mainstream health and social care systems, and to understand the challenges faced by those clinical, policy and community-based professionals who seek to promote well-being, inclusion and belonging within these complex systems. 

She has authored more than 90 peer reviewed publications, in addition to reports aimed at community or professional audiences, and has 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.

Current editorial roles include Senior Editorial Advisor, Health Sociology Review (Taylor & Francis), and Board Member of the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Selected current projects


My health, our family: documenting stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C
[ARC Discovery DP160100134, Critical Perspectives on Serodiscordance in Family Life]

Queer Generations [ARC Discovery DP150101292, Belonging and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth]

Fostering Aboriginal sexual well-being by building on strengths [ARC Linkage LP170100190]

Understanding disparities in PrEP access [UNSW Collaborative Research Grant]

Meaningful inclusion of trans and gender diverse populations in cervical cancer screening: A pilot study

Disentangling the social, legal and ethical barriers to abortion services in New South Wales