SOUTH Africa's psychology students are putting more effort into bringing about change in assisting African countries to deal with issues of HIV and Aids.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal's School of Psychology is hosting a postgraduate research conference to explore strategies on how to manage the HIV issue.

Under the theme "Psychologies in an African Context" the 13th annual Postgraduate Research Conference, starting tomorrow, will be driven by postgraduate students.

The bulk of the papers will be delivered by students due to, complete their honours, masters and doctrates. Students will stimulate debate on topics covering the ethical-legal regulation of HIV vaccine research in Africa.

"A study will be undertaken of the regulation of health research in Zambia, Cameroon, Malawi, Nigeria and Rwanda to determine their capacity to protect and promote the rights of persons participating in HIV vaccine research will be undertaken," the university said.

They will also deal with a study on the differences and relationships between religious denomination, religious orientation, psychological well being and intensity of religious beliefs and the relationship between bullying and trauma among male adolescent pupils.

Kay Govender, a lecturer at the School of Psychology, says the conference aims to provide a forum for students to engage with complex social psychological issues in our current context. "It will also generate new knowledge and suggest possibilities for future research."