Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair Tier II
111 - 2176 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z3
- BSN (Nursing), St. Francis Xavier University
- MN (Nursing), Dalhousie University
- PhD (Nursing), University of British Columbia
Affiliations & Links
- Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar
- Canada Research Chair: Gender, Equity and Community Engagement
- Capacity Research Unit - www.capacitycentre.ubc.ca
- Referee - Advances in Nursing Science; Canadian Journal of Nursing Research; Canadian Nurse; Contemporary Drug Problems; Culture, Health & Sexuality; Critical Public Health; Health Promotion Practice; International Journal of Drug Policy; International Journal of Nursing Studies; Qualitative Health Research; Substance Abuse and Treatment
Dr. Bungay's work focuses on addressing inequities that negatively affect people’s health and well-being including the devastating effects of stigma, discrimination and violence. She is interested in how research partnerships can positively impact communities that are regularly excluded in health and social policy and programming that affect their lives and how community-based interventions support real world evidence. Her current research and partnerships are tackling such issues as research ethics in practice, equity oriented care, gender–based violence, and evidence-informed recommendations to promote and protect the health, safety and human rights of people engaged in the adult commercial sex industry.
Research Ethics Study
The primary purpose of this CIHR funded project is to describe the ethical and methodological challenges inherent in health research in the field of sex work and health. Many of those who work in Canada’s sex industry experience devastating health problems including violence, mental illness, sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Research aimed at addressing these pressing health issues has grown. Sex workers and researchers have identified many ethical challenges in carrying out this research: exclusion of sex worker sub-populations; problematic consent; bias in the methods and topics applied in research; voyeurism; and maintaining privacy and confidentiality. Given that research ethics are critical to the quality of research findings, these challenges raise important questions about real and potential limitations of some of this research to inform policy and health care programming aimed at addressing the grave health inequities experienced by sex workers. This study will ultimately further our understanding of the interrelationships between research methodology and research ethics, contribute to the growing empirical knowledge concerned with evidence-informed research ethics, and generate practical resources for researchers, sex workers and other stakeholders (e.g., ethic review boards) to enhance ethical research in practice and promote rigorous, high quality research necessary to shape health service delivery.
Social Network and Information Technologies in the Commercial Sex Industry
The aim of this 4-year mixed method study is to examine the diverse ways that information and communication technologies mediate how sex workers and their clients develop connections, exchange information, and negotiate the details of the sex for money exchange. This study addresses an important knowledge gap of the interrelationships between safety, security and ICT mediated social relationships. The project is funded through the SSHRC Insights Grant Program. For more information about the project please click here.
SPACES: A Sex Industry Study (website)
This 3-year CIHR funded project aims to examine the physical and organizational contexts and managerial practices within specific off-street sex venues as influential for men and women sex workers' vulnerability for HIV infection. The study brings together a multi-disciplinary team from nursing, population and public health, medicine, sociology, and criminology. Advisory groups comprised of sex venue managers, sex workers, and sex buyers inform all stages of the project. This study brings a unique contribution to addressing health inequities among Canada's sex workers by including both men and women who sell sex as well as those involved in the operations of the industry. Click here for a link to the final report.
Curriculum Development for Nursing Leadership and Management
This project is funded through the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund and is directed at revising current MSN curriculum in nursing leadership and management within an online delivery format. Guided by leadership pedagogical perspectives, this project will result in a revised N512 Leadership in Nursing Course to be offered in January 2013 in the UBC School of Nursing MSN program.
Public Health Nurse Manager Study
The Public Health Nurse Manager Study is a one-year study of the experiences of nurse managers in implementing certified practice for sexually transmitted infections. The study includes collaborations with several health authorities in British Columbia and will provide the foundation for future work designed to investigate the outcomes of certified practice for public health nursing service delivery and patient care.
Knowledge Synthesis in Public Health Nursing Sexual Health Practice
The knowledge synthesis project is aimed at undertaking a systematic review of the nursing and related literature regarding the scope of nursing practice in the area of sexually transmitted infection and HIV prevention and control. This CIHR funded project is a collaborative effort between the School of Nursing and nursing practitioners and education leaders, a medical geographer and epidemiologist at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Our goal is to contribute meaningfully to the educational and legislative programming within Reproductive Health Certified Practice in British Columbia.
The ORCHID Project
Building upon earlier work concerned with STI and HIV prevention initiatives within the indoor commercial sex industry, our aim in this project is to exploring the interrelationships between work, environment, and health for migrant sex workers. The project partners from BC Centre for Disease Control, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and Simon Fraser University aim to expand our understanding of the issues unique to immigrant women's health to better inform policies and practices to promote women's health.
The STI/HIV Public Health Nursing Project
In this project the aim is to mapping the scope, location and delivery of public health nursing services in STI and HIV in British Columbia. In partnership with practitioners, medical geographers and epidemiologists at BCCDC and throughout the provincial health authorities, we have undertaken the first in depth review of the nature of nursing practice in STI prevention and control. Our aim is to also overlay these results with the distribution of STI and HIV testing and case data to be able to offer important information regarding the interrelationships between nursing resources and sexual health. Data collection is complete and analysis is currently underway.
Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed
Mitchell, S.E., Bungay, V., Day, C., & Mooney-Somers, J. (2016). Has the experience of Hepatitis C diagnosis improved over the last decade? An analysis of Canadian women’s experiences. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 48(1), 21-28.
Jenkins, E., Kothari, A., Bungay, V., Johnson, J.L. & Oliffe, J.L. (2016) Strengthening population health interventions: Developing the collaboraKTion framework for community-based knowledge translation. Health Research Policy and Systems, 14(1), 65. DOI:10.1186/s12961-016-0138-8.
Bungay, V., Handlovsky, I., Phillips, C., & Prescott, C. (2016). A scoping review of the literature on nursing practice in sexually transmitted infection care. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Published ahead of print. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13561.
Singien, K., Price, M, Bungay, V., & Wong, S. (2016) A retrospective cohort study using the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network data to examine depression in patients with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. CMAJ, DOI: 10.9778/cmajo.20160052.
Manning, E. & Bungay, V. (2016). ‘Business before pleasure’: The golden rule of sex work, payment schedules, and gendered experiences of violence. Published ahead of print. Culture, Health & Sexuality. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2016.1219767
Black, A., Bungay, V., Mackay, M., Balneaves, L., & Garossino, C. (2016). Understanding mentorship in a research training program for point-of-care clinicians. Journal of Nursing Administration, 46(9), 444-448. DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000373.
Hayward, D., Bungay, V., Wolff, A., & MacDonald, V. (2016) A qualitative study of experienced nurses’ voluntary turnover: Learning from their perspectives. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 25(9-10), 1336-145. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13210
Bowen, R. & Bungay, V. (2016). Taint: An examination of the lived experiences of stigma and its’ lingering effects for sex industry experts. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 18(2), 184-197. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2015.1072875
Bungay, V., Oliffe, J., & Atchison, C. (2016). Addressing underrepresentation in sex work research: Reflections on designing a purposeful sampling strategy. Qualitative Health Research, 26(7), 966-978. doi: 10.1177/1049732315613042.
Jenkins, E., Johnson, J., Bungay, V., Kothari, A., & Saewyc, E. (2015). Divided and disconnected – an examination of youth’s experiences with emotional distress within the context of their everyday lives. Health & Place. 35, 105-112. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.08.006
Bungay, V., Masaro, C. & Gilbert, M. (2014). Examining the scope of public health nursing practice in sexually transmitted infection prevention and management: what do nurses do? Journal of Clinical Nursing. 23(21-22), 3274-3785. DOI:10.1111/jocn.12578.
Bungay, V, & Stevenson, J. (2014). Nurse leaders’ experiences of implementing regulatory changes in sexual health nursing practice in British Columbia Canada. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 14(2), 69-78. DOI: 10.1177/1527154413510564.
Kolar, K., Atchison, C. & Bungay, V. (2014). Sexual safety practices of massage parlor-based sex workers and their clients. AIDS Care, 26(9), 1110-1104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2014.894611
Bungay, V., Kolar, K., Thindal, S., Remple, V., Johnston, C., & Ogilvie, G. (2013). Community-based HIV and STI prevention with women working in indoor sex markets. Health Promotion Practice, 14(2), 247-255. DOI: 10.1177/1524839912447189
Bungay, V. Health care among street-involved women: The justification and perpetuation of inequity. Qualitative Health Research. 23(3), 1016-1026. DOI: 10.1177/1049732313493352
Guta, A. & Bungay, V. (2013). Lessons learned from the Ottawa 20: Reclaiming the ethics review process to advance academic freedom. Aporia. The Nursing Journal, 5(3), 34-38.
Handlovsky, I., Bungay, V., Johnson, J.L., & Phillips, J.C. (2013). The process of safer crack use among women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Qualitative Health Research, 23(4), 450-462. DOI: 10.1177/1049732312469465
Oliffe, J.L., Chabot, C., Knight, R., Davis, W., Bungay, V., & Shoveller, J. (2013). Women on men's sexual health and sexually transmitted infection testing: A gender relations analysis. Sociology of Health and Illness, 35(1), 1-16. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2012.01470.x
Persaud, S., Tzemis, D., Kuo, M., Bungay, V., & Buxton, J. (2013). Controlling chaos: the perceptions of crack cocaine users in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Addiction (2013), 1-9. Published ahead of print at DOI: 10.1155/2013/851840.
Handlovsky, I., Kolar, K., & Bungay, V. (2012). Condom use as situated in a risk context: Women's experiences in the massage parlour industry in Vancouver, Canada. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14(9), 1007-1020. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2012.712720
Bungay, V., Halpin, M., Halpin, P.F., Johnston, C., & Patrick, D.M. (2012). Violence in the massage parlour industry: Experiences of Canadian-born and immigrant women. Health Care for Women International, 33(3), 262-284. DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2011
Malchy, L.A., Bungay, V., Johnson, L.L., & Buxton, J. (2011). Do crack smoking practices change with the introduction of safer crack kits? Canadian Journal of Public Health, 102(3), 188-192. http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=4&hid=110&sid=163...
Bungay, V., Atchison, C., Halpin, M., & Johnston, C. (2011). Strucutre and agency: Reflections from an exploratory study of Vancouver indoor sex workers. Culture Health and Sexuality, 13(1), 15-29. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2010.517324
Bungay, V., Johnson, J., Varcoe, C., & Boyd, S. (2010). Women's health and use of crack cocaine in context: Structural and 'everyday' violence. International Journal of Drug Policy, 21(4), 321-329. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2009.12.008
Bungay, V., Johnson, J., Boyd, S., Buxton, J., Malchy, L., & Loudfoot, J. (2009). Women’s Stories/Women’s Lives.Creating safer crack kits. Women’s Health and Urban Living, 5(1), 28-43.
Malchy, S., Bungay, V., & Johnson, J. (2008). A snapshot of practices and perceptions among crack users in Vancouver, British Columbia. International Journal of Drug Policy, 19(4), 339-341. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2007.06.005
Bungay, V. (2008). Health experiences of women who are street-involved and use crack cocaine: Inequity, oppression, and relations of power in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia.
Bungay, V., Malchy, L., Buxton, J., Johnson, J., MacPherson, D., & Rosenfeld, D. (2006). Life with jib: a snapshot of street youth's use of crystal methamphetamine. Addiction Research & Theory, 14(3), 235-251.
Bungay, V. & Keddy, B. (1996). Experiential analysis as a feminist methodology for health professionals. Qualitative Health Research, 6, 442-452.
Nursing Leadership and Management in undergraduate and graduate programs
Population and public health and health promotion