PhD, MA (Rutgers University), BA(UQ)
Health Sciences

Lisa Maher is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Australia, Program Head at the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity, and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow. She has international expertise in research, program development and service delivery with people who inject drugs, sex workers, people living with HIV and marginalised youth and her current research focuses on the prevention of infectious disease in vulnerable populations. Professor Maher has been the recipient of numerous awards including ASSA’s Early Career Award and, more recently, the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Reducing the Harms of Drug Use in Australia and the Asia Pacific, the NHMRC’s Elizabeth Blackburn Award, and the Order of Australia.

Order of Australia (AM) (2015)

Research Excellence Award: Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship - Public Health (2014), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Senior Research Fellowship (2014-2018), NHMRC

Member (2014), Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (ASSHH)

Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Reducing the Harms of Drug Use in Australia and across the Asia/Pacific Region (2013), The Honourable Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Senior Research Fellowship (2009-2013), NHMRC

Career Development Award (2004-2008), NHMRC

Early Career Award (2003), The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

National Gold Health Volunteer (2001), NHMRC

Post-doctoral Fellowship (1999), NHMRC

Cavan Young Scholar Award (1998), American Society of Criminology

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (1995), Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Dissertation Fellow (1993), The Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Peter K. New Prize (1992), Society for Applied Anthropology, USA

  1. Iversen J, Page K, Madden A, Maher L. HIV, HCV and health-related harms among women who inject drugs: Implications for prevention and treatment. JAIDS 2015; 69(S2):S176-S181.
  2. Maher L, Dixon TC, Phlong P, Mooney-Somers J, Stein E, Page K. Conflicting rights: How the prohibition of human trafficking and sexual exploitation infringes the right to health of female sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Health and Human Rights 2015;17(1):102-113.
  3. Hengel B, Guy R, Garton L, Ward J, Rumbold A, Taylor-Thomson D, Silver B, McGregor S, Dyda A, Knox J, Kaldor J, Maher L. Barriers and facilitators of sexually transmissible infection testing in remote Australian Aboriginal communities: Results from the Sexually Transmitted Infections in Remote Communities, Improved and Enhanced Primary Health Care (STRIVE) Study. Sexual Health 2015:12(1):4-12.
  4. White B, Madden A, Prins M, Hellard M, Wand H, Dore G, Page K, Maher L. Assessing the feasibility of hepatitis C virus vaccine trials: Results from the Hepatitis C Incidence and Transmission Study-community (HITS-c) vaccine preparedness study. Vaccine 2014;32(42):5460–5467.
  5. Topp L, Day C, Wand H, Deacon R, van Beek I, Haber P, Shanahan M, Rodgers C, Maher L. A randomised controlled trial of financial incentives to increase hepatitis B vaccination completion among people who inject drugs in Australia. Preventive Medicine 2013;57(4):297-303.