Sexual health


13 Mar 2019

The Sydney Women and Sexual Health Survey (SWASH) is a comprehensive biennial snapshot of the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ women covering issues including sexual and gender identity, sexual health, mental health, cancer screening behaviours and more.

Journal article

1 Dec 2017

Identifying factors related to risky sexual behaviour may contribute to preventive and interventional approaches to reduce negative mental health outcomes among young women.


5 Nov 2017

This surveillance report provides information on the occurrence of blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia for the purposes of stimulating and supporting discussion on ways forward in minimising the transmission risks, as well as the...


5 Nov 2017

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia.

Journal article

1 Nov 2017

This study found that individualised discussion regarding chaperone use for intimate physical examinations is warranted, especially with patients seeing their usual GP.

Policy report

30 Jul 2017

Written for service managers and policy makers, this report presents findings from quantitative analyses to investigate organizational factors associated with better performance at clinic level of syphilis testing.


Research report and recommendations for healthcare providers and community workers
18 Apr 2017

This resource looks at how sexual and reproductive health is experienced and understood by recent migrant and refugee women.


16 Feb 2017

An independent Impact Evaluation of the Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships (GDHR) website ( ) was undertaken by John Scougall Consulting Services in 2016 with the support of an expert cross-agency reference group.

The impact evaluation had two objectives: to assess how well...

Journal article

15 Feb 2017

This article examines the extent of variation in delivery of recommended STI screening investigations and counselling within Aboriginal primary health care (PHC) centres; and identify the factors associated with variation.

Literature review

30 Oct 2015


This Evidence Check review reports on the effectiveness of interventions which aim to reduce the transmission of three Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs): chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. Interventions of interest included testing, treatment, partner notification and prevention of re-infection. These interventions are examined...


17 Sep 2015


This second report on the health indicators in the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development finds areas of improvement as well as areas of concern in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and mothers.



31 May 2015

This is the final report of the independent evaluation of the Western Australian Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN).

John Scougall Consulting Services conducted the evaluation under the direction and guidance of a SiREN Evaluation Reference Group. It...


28 May 2015

This study finds that HIV testing by gay and bisexual men in Melbourne continues to increase.

Executive summary

The Melbourne Gay Community Periodic Survey is a cross-sectional survey of gay and homosexually active men recruited at a range of gay community sites...


10 Mar 2015

Growing and Developing Health Relationships (GDHR) is a long-standing project funded by the Western Australian Department of Health designed to support and assist Western Australian (WA) teachers, school nurses and schools to provide comprehensive relationships and sexual health education.

The GDHR Curriculum Support Materials...


30 Jul 2014

Executive summary: The Sexual Health and Relationships Survey is the first national survey of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) undertaken in Australia. The survey involved collection of data comprising four...

Journal article

10 Jun 2014

Older age is often associated with asexuality. That is, older individuals are not viewed as desiring of sex, nor as sexually desirable to others. Broader social and cultural norms that downplay women's sexual desire and agency further compound these phenomena. Whether this popular image accurately...

Briefing paper

6 May 2014

A national survey of Australian high school students, conducted in 2013, identified that approximately one-quarter of Year 10, a third of Year 11 and half of Year 12 student have had sexual intercourse. While the age at which young people are likely to first engage...



26 Mar 2014

Screening for cervical cancer saves lives every day, so surely men should be screened for prostate cancer? Unfortunately it’s a bit more complicated than that .

IN 2010 the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia produced a television advertisement called “It Could Happen to...


5 Sep 2013

The SHBBV Program Planning Toolkitis for managers, service providers, clinicians and project officers in the sexual health and blood-borne virus (SHBBV) sector. The toolkit contains information, tools and quick links to assist practitioners in planning, implementing and evaluating health interventions that aim to reduce the...


30 Jul 2013


The majority of new HIV diagnoses in Australia are in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Providing accessible, appropriate and acceptable sexual health services is essential as a significant proportion of MSM are not testing for HIV...



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