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Learn more about the people who write for our website and see what they’ve written.

Learn more about the people who write for our website and see what they’ve written.


Associate Professor Graham Brown


Graham is the lead investigator on the W3 Project. He has been working and researching community-led health promotion, social change, and evaluation for more than 25 years.

Graham’s early work in social impact and community mobilisation was in the Australian HIV response. Through this be became an advocate for community-led and -owned evaluation and building evidence to advocate for structural and policy change.

Graham has a long history of collaborative research and advocacy with marginalised or underserved communities and their organisations. This has included community organisations and health services working in HIV, hepatitis C, sexual health, youth outreach, mental health, multicultural health, rural health, and domestic violence.

In this research seminar, Associate Professor Graham Brown reflects on 20 years of working with and researching peer-led responses.

Graham and Daniel share five surprising things they learned from peer workers about peer-based approaches.

Petrina Hilton


Petrina joined the W3 Project Team at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society in 2020.

She has almost 10 years of experience working in health promotion with community-based and peer-led organisations and programs in Australia and Tonga.

Her work has primarily focused on improving health equity and outcomes among people living with HIV (PLHIV); lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) communities; people living with severe mental illness and/or psychosocial disability; and indigenous communities.

When a sector reunites

At the end of August, we travelled to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for the 2022 ASHM Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences. This …

We've been busy presenting and preparing to present our work in various places. Keep reading to find out more about our recent outputs and upcoming events!

Now that I’ve hopefully got you humming Elton John (possibly for a second time)… Greetings everyone! Yes, we are back, and we …

Stage 3 of the W3 Project is now underway. The goal is to build an evidence base to help demonstrate the impact and value of peer-led work in the Australian HIV and hepatitis C response.

Timothy Krulic


Timothy Krulic is a health promotion officer at Living Positive Victoria and a PhD candidate at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.

His doctoral research is on an implementation study of Living Positive Victoria’s Peer Navigation Program.

Living Positive Victoria staff members Sara and Tim share how this peer support service needed to move fast to find ways to keep supporting and engaging clients throughout 2020.

This post reflects on how the peer-led HIV response adapted in the wake of COVID-19. It is a heartwarming testament to how critical peer-led responses are in times of rapid change and crisis.

W3 Framework


Posts by ‘W3 Framework’ were written by research project team members from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health, and Society (ARCSHS).

Posts with no author specified were adapted from content written by Daniel Reeder and James Dunne between 2013 and 2020 for the original W3 Project website.

'W3 Framework' authors (from A-Z)

Daniel Reeders


Daniel was the first Project Officer for the W3 Project at ARCSHS. They helped develop the method, conduct the first partner workshops, and articulate the W3 Framework.

Daniel’s passion for peer knowledge comes from 15+ years working in HIV and viral hepatitis with communities including gay, bisexual, and other queer folks, and communities of migrants and refugees.

James Dunne


James worked as a Research Officer on Stages 2 and 3 of the W3 Project at ARCSHS.

His interest in the W3 Project stems from his experience working in policy roles within government and within peer-based drug user organisations, and his keen interest in understanding how the contributions of people with lived experience influence policy and practice.

Jen Johnson


Jen Johnson was a member of the W3 Project Research team until 2021, and is the former Program Coordinator of ARCSHS' Blood-Borne Virus (BBV) Sector Development Program .

The BBV Sector Development Program works to support and strengthen the Victorian BBV workforce to meet the challenges of elimination targets, new prevention technologies, and scaling up testing and treatment.

Dr Susan Chong


Susan is a Senior Lecturer in La Trobe University’s Department of Public Health and a Senior Research Fellow on ARCSHS' W3 Peer Insights Project.

Posts by 'W3 Framework' authors

Stage 2 of the W3 Project trialled the W3 Framework in peer-led PLHIV and PWUD organisations in Victoria, Australia.

Stage 1 of the W3 Project used systems thinking to understand and describe peer work. Through this work, the W3 Framework was created.

This project focussed on converting peer insights from peers who use drugs into resources for Australia’s hepatitis C response.

Former BBV Sector Development Program Coordinator Jen Johnson reflects on a series of interviews with peer and community organisation leaders working in the HIV and hepatitis sector about how they were adapting to COVID-19.

This presentation focuses on how systems thinking can help demonstrate the role of peer leadership in public health responses.

An impact analysis of the W3 Project reveals that the W3 Framework helps evidence replace a sense of ‘believing’ that peer-led actions work.

W3 Guest Author

Posts by ‘W3 Guest Author’ were written by peer workers and their allies.

We want the W3 Framework website to be a space where our peer partners and colleagues can share their stories and experiences.

We hope this will help support other peer organisations, programs, and workers to improve and demonstrate the value of their own work.

W3 Guest Authors (from A-Z)

Annie Madden


Annie has written for the W3 Framework website in her roles as a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales' Centre for Social Research in Health and as a Peer Specialist Consultant at 2SqPegs.

Charles Henderson


Charles has written for the W3 Framework website in his role as the Deputy CEO of the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA).

Randelle Anderson


Randelle has written for the W3 Framework website in her role of Senior Communications Officer at Living Positive Victoria.

Sara Graham


Sara has written for the W3 Framework website in her role as Manager of Peer Support at Living Positive Victoria, coordinating its Peer Navigation Program and services for women, heterosexual men, and families.

Posts by W3 Guest Authors

Living Positive Victoria staff members Sara and Tim share how this peer support service needed to move fast to find ways to keep supporting and engaging clients throughout 2020.

Drug user organisations can help influence policy to achieve hepatitis C elimination, but they need a supportive policy environment to do so. Co-authors and peer workers Charles Henderson and Annie Madden share their thoughts on the important messages in this paper.

Living Positive Victoria's Senior Communication Officer Randelle Anderson shares how adopting the W3 framework for their annual report helped them go beyond highlighting the year's activities.

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