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Steven Philpot

With a research background in social sciences, Steve has an extensive qualitative research toolkit and significant expertise creating solutions to health issues, particularly issues of sexual health.

He is skilled at managing complex research and policy projects simultaneously. He frequently collaborates across multiple sectors and with organisations that deliver community and other services, government, policy and research. Steve flexibly builds relationships with clients depending on their preferences. He combines a professional working style with direct and transparent communication. 

Influential work

  • Informed delivery of HIV prevention technologies in Australia  
  • Led a project that researched and designed the implementation of an injectable form of HIV prevention technology at sexual health services, working with clinicians, general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, policy makers, researchers and community organisation staff 
  • Worked with the NSW Ministry of Health to inform policy aimed at reducing HIV incidence among priority populations 
  • Procured funds to understand the sexual health needs of migrant gay and bisexual men in Australia, bringing together and managing a large advisory group and designing and implementing the research strategy 
  • Managed a large cohort of people living with HIV to understand their health needs and improve their wellbeing.

Outside of Nous

Steve is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion. (EDI) He was a member of the Kirby Institute EDI committee, the Australian Association for Medical Research Institutes Gender EDI Committee and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney LGBTIQ working group and was an expert advisor on the Women in Science Parkville Precinct initiative to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace.  

Steve has published 15 peer-reviewed articles in top-ranking public health and social science journals about HIV, sexuality and sexual health. He regularly engages policy, research, community and service provision stakeholders through invited presentations and think tanks. He has presented at conferences including the AIDS conference, the AIDS Impact conference, the Australasian HIV and AIDS Conference and the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections. 

Steve holds a Doctor of Philosophy (social sciences) from UNSW and a Bachelor of Communications (Honours in writing and cultural studies) from the University of Technology Sydney. 


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