Building a set of cultural and ethical protocols around utilising theatre and performance to raise awareness of HIV, and particularly PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)

Research figures show that numbers of HIV infections are rising in Australia.

This project merges new clinical/medical research on HIV prevention through PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) with theatre/performance strategies to build a set of cultural and ethical protocols around making performance work on HIV. It focuses on the intersection of marginalised populations: women, transgender/trans* and indigenous communities and HIV.

Access to PrEP is vital to all those at high risk, regardless of location, gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity. The project contributes to widening access by identifying and disseminating guidelines on working with at-risk communities through the arts.

Researchers

Alyson Campbell [Performing Arts, Victorian College of Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, UoM]

Richard Frankland [Willin Centre for Indigenous Art & Cultural Development, Victorian College of Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, UoM]

Jennifer Audsley [Doherty for Infection & Immunity, Melbourne Health, UoM]

Jacob Boehme [Theatre Practitioner, Freelance]

Daniel Brace [Communications & Fundraising, Living Positive Victoria]

Kim Davis [GloballyAware]

Research Program

Creative arts