Thursday 14 March, 12–1 pm
'Who's going to look after HIV?' General practitioners, generational change, and the imagined future of HIV care
Dr Christy Newman is a Senior Research Fellow and the Postraduate Research Coordinator at NCHSR
Location: Room 221, Level 2, John Goodsell Building.
Map reference F20.
HIV has become a chronic, manageable infection in the developed world, and early and lifelong treatment has the potential to significantly reduce transmission rates in the community. A skilled and motivated HIV clinical workforce will be required to achieve these health management and prevention outcomes, but concerns have been noted in a number of settings about the challenges of recruiting a new generation of clinicians to HIV medicine. As part of the NHMRC-funded HIV General Practice Workforce Project, we interviewed 47 clinicians engaged in providing HIV care in community-based general practice settings around Australia. This paper will discuss work in progress that explores how concepts of generational change were articulated by participants in making sense of contemporary challenges for the HIV GP workforce, and in imagining a future for HIV care in Australia. What is gained from describing the GPs involved from the early years of HIV as the first generation of HIV GPs? How is the next generation being imagined by the current cohort of HIV GPs? And is it useful to think about the differences that are apparent in how older and younger GPs characterise the next generation?
Christy Newman conducts qualitative research on social aspects of health and health care. Her research has explored the perspectives of healthcare service users and the health and medical workforce, as well as discursive representations of health and healthcare issues in media, policy and research publications. While her research has been largely focused on the lived experience and clinical management of HIV and sexual health, she has also contributed to the fields of general practice and primary healthcare, gay and lesbian health, mental health, Aboriginal health, harm reduction, gender, sexuality and health, and media studies. In addition to narratives of generational change in the health and medical workforce, Dr Newman has current interests in the social meanings ascribed to healthcare services and the social dynamics of engaging with healthcare, particularly in relation to HIV care and treatment.