National survey of Australian secondary students and sexual health 2018

Results of the 6th national survey of Australian secondary students and sexual health
Youth Sexual health Sexually transmitted diseases High school students Australia

The 6th National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health was conducted in 2018 and involved 6,327 students enrolled in Years 10, 11 and 12 in the Government, Catholic and Independent school systems, and from every Australian state and territory.

The survey, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, aims to provide information on progress in key priority areas for action in the Five National Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategies 2018-2022. These priority areas include improving knowledge about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs); monitoring behaviours that impact on BBVs and STIs; and educational initatives to improve knowledge and minimise behaviours that increase the risk of infection.

Key findings from the survey demonstrate that there continues to be room to improve young peoples’ sexual health knowledge; that students are largely engaging in responsible behaviours, though there is room to increase risk-reduction practices; and that students are accessing a diverse array of educational sources to learn about BBVs and STIs, though more could be done to improve programs both in and out of schools.

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ARCSHS Monograph Series no. 113