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Emeritus Professor Anne Mitchell is a community development worker and an adult educator with over twenty years' experience in the field of sexual health.

In 1993 Professor Mitchell was one of the founding member of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), which has become respected for its social research into sexuality, health, and the social dimensions of human relationships. She was also the founding director of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GHIV).

Teen sexual health

Professor Mitchell has made a large contribution to Australian research and society as the author of the National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health. The survey is conducted every five years, and examines the sexual health knowledge of teenagers from a wide range of backgrounds.

Now in its 25th year, it has been responsible for shaping sexual education in both policy and schools, and has monitored the rise of modern trends such as social media dating and sexting amongst teenagers.

Sexual Health Survey 2014

Order of Australia

Recently Professor Mitchell was appointed Officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to community health, particularly through sexual health research, policy development and program delivery to marginalised communities.

When she received her appointment to the Order of Australia, Professor Mitchell said, "It's a fantastic honour to receive this commendation. It's a real tribute to La Trobe University, which has been an encouraging and flexible place to work. It's allowed me to not only do my research, but put it into practice, which has been wonderful to see."

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