Our research themes

ARCSHS is an established leader in research into sex and sexuality. Through surveys of the general population, the Centre has helped track patterns and practices during the life course and over time. ARCSHS looks specifically at aspects of health and wellbeing with diverse sexuality and gender minorities, including same-sex-attracted and gender-questioning young people, older people, and the intersection of sexuality with other issues such as disability and mental health.

ARCSHS is one of four national centres funded to undertake strategic research as part of Australia's national response to HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. This includes research that directly informs indicators in these strategies relating to the quality of life of people living with HIV and sexual health among young people.

The Centre is an important provider of evidence-based training, resources and workforce development programs, particularly in the areas of sexuality education, blood-borne viruses, and LGBTI inclusive practice.

Over the next three years, ARCSHS will maintain and expand the following research themes as areas of established strength:

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex health and wellbeing
  • Blood-borne virus and sexually transmissible infections
  • Gender, sexuality and social theory

In addition, the Centre will seek to develop the following as emerging research themes:

  • School-based sexuality education
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Policy, community and health services

Working internationally is a feature of much of ARCSHS' research, but particularly in the areas of HIV and viral hepatitis. This will continue to be a focus running through the research themes outlined above.

Research project synopses

Men's Own: Health Behaviours of Young Australian Gay Men

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Anthony Lyons, Warwick Hosking (ARCSHS and Victoria University)

This project explored the health behaviours of gay men aged 18-39 years. It involved a national survey of over 1000 participants with a 12-month follow-up. The project provided a detailed examination of the lives and lifestyles of young Australian gay men, including physical, mental, and sexual health.

Delivery of National LGBTI Aged Care Training in Victoria 2014-2016

Commonwealth Government Department of Social Services

Philomena Horsley

Free full-day and half-day training sessions for the Victorian aged care sector, residential and community-based services, continued throughout 2016. This training, which offers specific information on the needs of older LGBTI people, involved over 200 staff from 28 different organisations across Victoria.

Reducing Health Disparities for Older LGBTI Australians

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

Anthony Lyons, Catherine Barrett, Victor Minichiello, Mark Hughes, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, COTA Australia, National LGBTI Health Alliance, SANE Australia, Carers Australia

This project utilises quantitative and qualitative methods to provide detailed data on the health and support-related challenges and needs of older LGBTI Australians, as well as the educational and support needs of service providers. It will develop essential resources to support policymakers and service providers in reducing the health disparities faced by older LGBTI Australians.

Following Lives Undergoing Change (Flux Study)

National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant

Garrett Prestage (ARCSHS and The Kirby Institute), Louisa Degenhardt (National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre), Fengyi Jin (The Kirby Institute), Jeffrey Grierson (Anglia Ruskin University, UK), Toby Lea (The Kirby Institute)

This project utilised an online questionnaire to survey over 2000 gay and bisexual men about their drug use. Over 1700 of these men will be followed up on a six-monthly basis to determine changes in their lives. A report on the baseline data is currently being prepared.

Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Project: A Victorian Same-Sex Attracted and Sex and Gender Diverse (SSASGD) Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative

Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services

William Leonard, Jami Jones

The HEY Project consists of a consortium of 9 place-based and 6 state-wide partners and aims to improve the mental wellbeing of SSASGD young Victorians. In 2016 management of HEY passed to YACVic, but GLHV continues to provide strategic advice to the Victorian Government, YACVic and HEY Partners.

Rainbow Network

Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services

Jami Jones, William Leonard

Rainbow Network is a state-wide Victorian support and capacity building network for anyone working with same-sex attracted, intersex, transgender and gender diverse (SSAITGD) young people. It provides training, resources, a monthly e-bulletin, secondary consultations and professional supervision to individuals and organisations that work with and on behalf of SSAITGD young people.

Rainbow Tick Accreditation Program

Licencing agreement with QIP

Pamela Kennedy, William Leonard, Sunil Patel, Philomena Horsley

The Rainbow Tick Accreditation Program is a national LGBTI-inclusive accreditation program. The Rainbow Tick consists of six standards against which organisations can be accredited to demonstrate that all their practices, procedures and protocols are LGBTI-inclusive. The Rainbow Tick Standards were developed by GLHV in collaboration with Quality Innovation Performance (QIP), a not-for-profit accreditation organisation dedicated to delivering accreditation and support services to a diverse range of organisations. Organisations that gain Rainbow Tick accreditation are listed on a national registry.

Val’s Café

Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services

Pauline Crameri

Val's Café, a program of GLHV, works to improve healthy ageing pathways, care, and visibility of older LGBTI people. To do so Val's works directly with service providers to foster an understanding of the histories and experiences of older LGBTI people and how these may impact access to support services. Val's aims to create safe and inclusive aged care and health services that recognise and value older LGBTI people.

Decision-Making Principles for the Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents with Intersex Variations

Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services

Tiffany Jones, William Leonard

This study explores Australian service provision for infants, children and adolescents with intersex variations using existing research, key-informant interviews and discourse analysis. It considers the existence and usefulness of service provision and ‘ideas and assumptions about people with intersex variations’ influencing existing services and delivery towards developing appropriate decision-making principles.

OUT in the CALD: Promoting Culturally Diverse, LGBTI-inclusive Services

Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet

William Leonard, Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)

GLHV in partnership with VTMH will be developing information and training resources for agencies that provide health-related services to LGBTI people affiliated with faith-based and multicultural communities. The project is funded through the Victorian Government’s Community Harmony Grants Program.

'Fair Go, Sport!' Phase Two

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Gillian Fletcher (La Trobe University), Lottie Turner

This evaluation of Phase Two of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission found that much good work was being done, but that greater attention needed to be paid to the action research process.

Policing for Same-sex Attracted and Sex and Gender Diverse (SSASGD) Young Victorians

Victoria Police

William Leonard, Bianca Fileborn

This project aims to improve Victoria Police’s (VicPol) engagement with SSASGD young people. It involves state-wide surveys of police and SSASGD young people attitudes, as well as focus groups and interviews in three regional locations, to gain a better understanding of the interactions between VicPol and SSASGD young people.

Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice: Legal Responses to 'Gay Conversion' Therapy

La Trobe Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area

Timothy Jones (La Trobe University), William Leonard, Anna Brown (Human Rights Law Centre)

This project will explore the history, prevalence and nature of the ex-gay movement in Australia. Ex-gay therapy is a counselling practise aimed at making lesbian and gay people straight, or, at the very least, assisting them repress their same-sex attractions. In partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre, this project will provide evidence to determine the need for legislative or other measures to inform regulatory and legal reform appropriate to Australia.

Best Practice Approaches to Preventing Violence against Women

Women’s Health Victoria

Philomena Horsley

An intersectional framework for Victorian Councils’ regional prevention plans and the work of women’s health services state-wide was developed with funding from the Victorian Government, in conjunction with Women with Disabilities Vic and the Multicultural Women’s Health Centre. GLHV is also represented on the Ministerial Taskforce on the Prevention of Family Violence and been invited to address a number of national and international conference on Family Violence and the LGBTI communities.

Something for Them: Addressing the Needs of Same Sex Attracted and Sex and Gender Diverse (SSASGD) Young People who are Newly Arrived, Refugees or Asylum Seekers

Asia Altman Sub-fund, Australian Communities Foundation

William Leonard, David Mejia-Canales (Parliament of Victoria)

This project builds on the recommendations of an earlier pilot project, Nothing for Them (2014), which aimed to understand the support needs of SSASGD young people who are newly arrived, refugees or seeking asylum. Stage 2 of the project, Something for Them, relies on reviews of the legal and social standing of newly arrived SSASGD young people in their countries of origin and Australia's obligations towards refugees and asylum seekers under international law.

Men's Own: Health and Well-Being of Young Gay Men Living in Mainland China

Centre for Cultural Diversity and Well-Being (Victoria University)

Warwick Hosking (ARCSHS and Victoria University), Anthony Lyons, Dorothy Bruck (Victoria University), Lin Xiong (Victoria University), Li Yinhe (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China)

This project involves a national online survey of gay men aged 18-39 years living in Mainland China. It provides first-ever data on numerous aspects of the lives of young Chinese gay men, including sex, relationships, friendships, stigma, social support, and health. It provides data for cross-cultural comparisons with a similar survey that investigators in the team conducted in Australia.

GLBTIQ People's Participation in Cervical Cancer Screening

PapScreen Victoria

Sue Dyson, Elizabeth Smith

This project surveyed GLBTIQ people's participation in Pap testing in Victoria.

The Liver Health Project

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Jeanne Ellard, Jack Wallace, Jacqui Richmond, Behzad Hajarizadeh (University of NSW), Gary Dowsett

The number of people with hepatitis C developing advanced liver disease, and dying as a result of liver disease, continues to increase. The Liver Health Project deepens understandings of the experiences of people with hepatitis C with interviews designed to identify the rapidly changing treatment environment, and shifts in experiences at clinics and with health-care providers.

Eradicating hepatitis C in Australia: A review

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Jacqui Richmond

Direct Acting Antiviral (DAA) treatment for hepatitis C became available for all people with hepatitis C, from March 2016. DAAs are funded through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and aim to eradicate hepatitis C in Australia. Questions remain around whether treatment uptake will match expectations and achieve eradication, and whether existing hepatitis C management systems will be effective in delivery and implementation. This project will investigate these questions through interviews with leaders in the hepatitis C clinical, community and policy sectors.

Hepatitis C Cure

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Jayne Lucke, Jeanne Ellard, Jacqui Richmond, Jack Wallace

This project explores how service providers and policy makers understand the concept of cure in relation to hepatitis C, and investigates the implications of DAA medication on future models of care and approaches to hepatitis C awareness and prevention. The project includes a systematic review of the Australian and international media and community education materials related to hepatitis C treatment and cure.

Curing Hepatitis C among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: Investigating the Impact of Hepatitis C Cure at the Health Service, Community and Individual Level

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Jack Wallace, Jacqui Richmond, Behzad Hajarizadeh (University of NSW)

The availability of DAAs will have a substantial impact on all people with hepatitis C, including Indigenous Australians living with the infection. This project will document the perspectives of Indigenous health service providers on the barriers and enablers to the hepatitis C cure.

Hepatitis B: Trajectories of Care

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Jack Wallace, Elizabeth Smith, Duane Duncan, Behzad Hajarizadeh (University of NSW), Jacqui Richmond

People with hepatitis B, general practitioners and practice nurses participated in semi-structured interviews about the process of testing, diagnosis and contact tracing for hepatitis B. This information will be used to improve the diagnostic event for people with hepatitis B and support contact tracing.

HIV Futures

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Jennifer Power, Graham Brown, Anthony Lyons, Gary Dowsett, Jayne Lucke

HIV Futures is a series of national surveys of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Australia that has been repeated periodically since 1997. Data was collected for HIV Futures 8 during 2015/16. The survey focuses on psychological and physical wellbeing of PLHIV, treatment use, relationships, stigma and discrimination. HIV Futures 9 will be conducted in 2018.

W3 What Works and Why Project: Understanding What Works and Why in Peer Based Health Promotion Approaches in HIV and Hepatitis C

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Graham Brown, Daniel Reeders (Australian National University), Annie Madden (Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League), Gari-Emma Perry (WA Substance Users Association), Rob Lake (Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations), Colin Batrouney (Victorian AIDS Council), Aaron Cogle (National Association of People Living with HIV Australia), Brent Allan (Living Positive Victoria), Craig Cooper (Positive Life NSW), Simon O'Connor (Queensland Positive People), Janelle Fawkes (Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Worker Association)

The W3 Project is a collaboration with peer-based programs in community organisations to trial the application of systems thinking and quality improvement approaches to understand and demonstrate the role and impact of peer based programs. Our partners include peer and community based organisations working with people who use drugs, sex workers, people living with HIV, and gay men in the response to HIV and hepatitis C. The project has been refunded until 2019.

LifeTimes: A National Cohort Study of HIV and Ageing

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Anthony Lyons

This is a longitudinal cohort study that began in 2010, and has followed an initial cohort of over 1000 older gay men over five years of annual surveys. It explores issues of ageing and health among older gay men, with a focus on those living with HIV.

Healthy Minds: The HIV and Mental Health Study

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Anthony Lyons, Wendy Heywood

This project involves an in-depth investigation into the mental health of people living with HIV. It provides, for the first time, detailed information on multiple dimensions of mental health and seeks a better understanding of why rates of mental health problems in this population are substantially higher than national averages.

HIV and Mobility

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Graham Brown, Roanna Lobo (Curtin University), Gemma Crawford (Curtin University)

To respond to HIV in mobile populations in Australia, the multi-sectorial Community of Practice for Action on HIV and Mobility (CoPAHM) was established. This included the production of a national report card to assess progress on actions recommended in the earlier report HIV and Mobility in Australia: Road Map for Action, and collaborative policy presentations at State and National levels.

HIV and Priority CALD Communities

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Jennifer Power, Graham Brown

There are increasing numbers of people living with HIV in Australia who are migrants and/or from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, yet little is known about the health needs or experiences of people living with HIV from migrant and CALD communities. This scoping study will explore options for a periodic study of PLHIV from priority CALD and migrant communities.

Combating the Rapid Rise of Sexually Transmitted Infections among Older Australians: Improving Safe-Sex Practice and Health, Social and Economic Outcomes

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Anthony Lyons, Victor Minichiello, Catherine Barrett, Graham Brown, Sharron Hinchliff (University of Sheffield, UK), Jo Root (Council on the Ageing), Briony Dow (National Ageing Research Institute), Bianca Fileborn, Wendy Heywood, Pauline Crameri

This project involves a national survey and face-to-face interviews with Australians aged 60 years and older. It seeks to understand why rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have risen among older Australians by exploring their experiences of sex and relationships, safer sex practices and knowledge of sexual health.

Strengthening Community Responses to Hepatitis B

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

Marian Pitts, Jack Wallace, Alex Thompson (University of Melbourne), Jacqui Richmond, Helen Tyrrell (Hepatitis Australia), Enaam Oudih (Relationships Australia SA Inc), Levinia Crooks (Australasian Society for HIV Medicine), Kerry Paterson (Hepatitis SA), Alison Coelho (CEH), Melanie Eagle (Hepatitis Victoria), Chris Enright (Cancer Council of Victoria)

Chronic hepatitis B is a national public health priority disproportionately affecting Australians born in countries of high prevalence such as China, Vietnam and the Sudan. This project identifies how people with hepatitis B from these communities understand and respond to the infection.

Improving Access to Optimal Clinical Care for People with Chronic Hepatitis B through the Implementation of a Nurse-Led Model of Care

National Health and Medical Research Council Translation of Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship

Jacqui Richmond

This project is operating in a community health service where unexpectedly there are few patients with hepatitis B and the rate of testing is also low. The focus of the project has therefore shifted to improving the workforce's capacity to test people at risk for hepatitis B.

Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Program: Supporting the HIV and Hepatitis Workforce

Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services

Emily Lenton, Jen Johnson, Marg Sutherland

The Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Program works to strengthen the Victorian BBV workforce, and to engage the broader health and community workforce to increase its capacity to respond to BBVs (HIV and viral hepatitis) in the wider community.

An HIV Cure: Ethical and Social Consequences of Cure-Focused Research

La Trobe Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area

Gary Dowsett, Jayne Lucke, Jennifer Power, Jack Wallace, Jeanne Ellard, Jacqui Richmond, Sharon Lewin (University of Melbourne and the Alfred Hospital), Sophie Hill (La Trobe University), Joseph Tucker (University of North Carolina School of Medicine, USA), Sean Slavin (Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations), Aaron Cogle (National Association of People Living with HIV Australia)

The aims of this project are to explore the social, ethical and public health consequences of biomedical research into HIV cure. The project involves community consultation and interviews, along with a media content analysis. This project also aligns with HIV Futures 8, which included a section on attitudes toward HIV cure research.

Developing a Targeted Quality of Life Measure for the HIV Sector in Australia: Stage 1

Living Positive Victoria, Positive Living NSW, Queensland Positive People

Graham Brown, Anthony Lyons, Jennifer Power, Gosia Mikolajczak (ARCSHS and University of Melbourne)

This project, in collaboration with NAPWHA and ViiV HealthCare, is developing a short validated scale to measure quality of life among PLHIV. This first stage was a scoping and development study, with the scale validation planned for 2017. This scale will be used by community, peer and clinical programs to evaluate their influence on the wellbeing and quality of life of PLHIV.

National Viral Hepatitis Needs Assessment: China

Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia-Pacific

Jack Wallace, Marian Pitts, Lai Wei (Peking University People’s Hospital, China), Vivien Lin (La Trobe University), George Liu (La Trobe University), Jacqui Richmond, Behzad Hajarizadeh (University of NSW)

China has the largest absolute number of people in the world infected with viral hepatitis. This project documented the personal and social impact of living with viral hepatitis. People with chronic viral hepatitis and key service providers in five Chinese cities were interviewed during April 2014, with findings reviewed to identify key issues, concepts and themes.

Cure Study, Exploring Understandings, Expectations and Experiences of Hepatitis C Treatment and Cure

AbbVie Pty Ltd

Jacqui Richmond, Jeanne Ellard, Jack Wallace, Peter Higgs (La Trobe University), Margaret Hellard (Burnet Institute), Alex Thompson (St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne)

New treatments are available to cure hepatitis C in 12 weeks with few side effects. In order to understand the experience of taking these treatments, 20 patients on the new treatment regimens will be interviewed about their experience on treatment and their expectations of achieving a cure.

Sixth National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Graham Brown, Wendy Heywood

A national survey of the sexual attitudes, knowledge and experiences of Australian secondary students has been carried out approximately every five years since 1992, each of them funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health. It has been a significant source of key information for policy and programming about STIs and other BBVs for young people, and contributes to the indicators of the National STI strategy. The sixth iteration of this survey will be conducted in 2018.

Talking Sexual (and Reproductive) Health– Part 2

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Anne Mitchell, Jenny Walsh

Using the results of the Secondary Students and Sexual Health Survey (see above) completed in 2013, this project developed teaching resources to support the sexual health component of the Australian Curriculum and Physical Education. Stage 2 focussed on lesson plans and resources for teaching year 7 and 8 students.

Sexual Health and Young Adults (The Friends, Sex and Benefits Project)

Commonwealth Government Department of Health

Graham Brown, Natalie Hendry, Kylie Johnston (Austin Health), Gary Dowsett

This study focused on the social and cultural contexts of young adults' friendships and relationships, and how these influence their practices towards STI testing. This study recruited young adults who attended nightlife precincts in Melbourne to participate in a short survey. The findings were published in a broadsheet report to guide health promotion and health service responses and will be available in forthcoming journal articles.

Sexual Well-Being and Ageing: A Study of Older Australian Women

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Marian Pitts, Victor Minichiello, Gail Hawkes, Rachel Thorpe

This research addresses important issues of ageism and sexism that together affect older women's health and well-being. The findings will inform the link between aging, sexuality and more general dimensions of health and well-being, and advance our understanding of issues central to policy and services for older Australians.

Muscling up: Australian Men, Sexualisation and Body Image Enhancement

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Gary Dowsett, Duane Duncan, Steven Angelides, Andrea Waling, Andrew Westle

This study focuses on men's views about male body image and the social pressures for bodily development based upon appearance, using interviews and focus groups. The study will also examine how male bodies are represented in popular culture and the ways in which men's sexuality and appearances are changing.

The Effectiveness of Global Sexual Rights Policy in Education

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Tiffany Jones

This study explores the usefulness and harmfulness of global rights-based policy processes for GLBTIQ students from varying contexts. It maps transnational discourses on GLBTIQ students in global education policies and processes and their reflection of regional perspectives, compared to localised approaches.

Contraceptive Use, Pregnancy Intention and Decisions of Australian Women (CUPID): A Longitudinal Study of Patterns of Contraception Use and Access to Contraceptive Information, Advice and Services for Young Australian Women

Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Family Planning NSW, Bayer Australia

Jayne Lucke, Deborah Loxton (University of Newcastle), Christina Lee (University of Queensland), Annette Dobson (University of Queensland), Ian Fraser (University of Sydney), Edith Weisberg (Family Planning NSW), Danielle Herbert (Queensland University of Technology), Melissa Harris (University of Newcastle), Britta Wigginton (University of Queensland), Catriona Fraser (WorkSafe Victoria), Anna Graves (University of Newcastle), Ryan Tuckerman (University of Newcastle), Clare Thomson (University of Newcastle), Jacqui Coombe (University of Newcastle), Denisa Goldhammer

This longitudinal project examined patterns of contraceptive use among a national sample of Australian women aged 18-23 years. It explored factors associated with unintended pregnancy, and the types of contraceptive methods used by women reporting an unintended pregnancy. It also examined access to contraceptive information, advice and services.

Australian Contraceptive ChOice PRoject (ACCORd): Increasing the Use of Long Acting Reversible Contraception

National Health and Medical Research Council

Jayne Lucke, Danielle Mazza (Monash University), Kirsten Black (University of Sydney), Angela Taft (La Trobe University), Kevin McGeechan (University of Sydney), Marion Haas (University of Technology Sydney), Jeffrey Peipert (Washington University, USA)

ACCORd will offer GPs across Victoria specialised training in long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). It will recruit 60 GPs to undertake training in ‘LARC First’ contraceptive counselling and rapid referral for insertion. The study will examine whether improved knowledge and rapid referral increases LARC uptake and reduces unintended pregnancies.

Safe Schools Coalition Victoria

Victorian Government Department of Education and Training

Roz Ward, Joel Radcliffe, Melanie Gaylard, Matthew Parsons

This project is aimed at reducing homophobia and transphobia, and increasing the support for gender and sexual diversity in Victorian schools. The team works with the Department of Education to provide advice and policy guidance, as well as directly with schools to provide training, resources, and consultancy.

Testing and Developing a Community Resilience Tool in Rural Communities

La Trobe Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area

Anthony Lyons, Gillian Fletcher (La Trobe University), Amanda Kenny (La Trobe University), Jane Farmer (Swinburne University of Technology), Julie Rudner (La Trobe University), Lisa Bourke (University of Melbourne), Kaye Knight (La Trobe University), Kylie Carra (La Trobe University), Emily Bariola

This project developed the first-ever measures for assessing the collective resilience of groups and communities. Measures were developed in a national survey and then pilot tested to assess collective resilience in a rural town in Western Victoria.

If the Shoe Fits: Exploring Footwear Choice and Problems

La Trobe Building Health Communities Research Focus Area

Hylton Menz (La Trobe University), Rachel Thorpe, Karl Landorf (La Trobe University), Marian Pitts, Gail Hawkes

This collaboration will explore the relationship of shoes to women's identity over the life span and identify ways to prevent foot problems before they develop in middle and older age.

Intersections of Disadvantage? Gender and Sexuality within Asia-Pacific Community Organisations

La Trobe Transforming Human Society Research Focus Area

Gary Dowsett, Gillian Fletcher (La Trobe University), Nicola Henry (La Trobe University), Stephen Wood (University of Sussex, UK), Karen Parker (La Trobe University)

This project aims to generate new knowledge on the intersections of gender, sexuality, other structural and social forces, and disadvantage, working with partner agencies in the Philippines: GALANG, and the Family Planning Organisation.

Shouting Back: Exploring Street Harassment Victim's Justice Needs and Justice Responses

La Trobe Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area

Bianca Fileborn

This project explores street harassment victims' justice needs and their preferred justice responses. Given the dearth of research on street harassment in Australia, this research also seeks to explore participants' experiences of street harassment, and the ways in which these experiences are shaped or informed by gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

Transmission: The Journal from AIDS to HIV

Lord Major’s Charitable Foundation

Pamela Blackman

Transmission- An Intergenerational Journey is a short film created to support health educators delivering sexual health education in schools. The film and activities are designed to engage young people in discussions regarding their sexual wellbeing. In particular, the activities focus on HIV/AIDS and STIs. This resource is a joint initiative of The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Youthworx and ARCSHS.

What Does It Take? Developing Informed and Effective Tertiary Responses to Violence and Abuse for Women and Girls with Disabilities in Australia

ANROWS Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

Patsie Frawley (Deakin University), Sue Dyson, Sally Robinson (Southern Cross University)

This two-year national project will investigate models of service for women with disabilities who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. The mixed methods research will result in an in-depth understanding of current mainstream and specialist approaches, and guidelines for best practice for women with disabilities seeking support to leave family or domestic violence.

Older Women's Right to Be Safe at Home and in Care

Victorian Women's Trust

Bianca Fileborn, Catherine Barrett, Sue Hendy (COTA, Victoria)

This project will gather case studies from aged care service provider's (home and residential aged care) to provide exemplar strategies and a road map for prevention and responding to allegations of sexual assault.

Ansell Sex-Ed


Pamela Blackman

This project supports the maintenance and moderation of a website to support teachers involved in sexuality education www.ansellsex-ed.com.au.

Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (ASSHH)

Gary Dowsett

ASSHH was formed in 2011 to promote greater inclusion of the social sciences and humanities in HIV and AIDS globally. Gary Dowsett is a founding member, an Academy Member, and a Director of its Board.

Blood borne virus program

The Blood Borne Virus Program at ARCSHS focuses on education and liaison around Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) which include HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

The BBV Program is coordinated by Emily Lenton and Jen Johnson. Their responsibilities include the organising and facilitation of a range of opportunities for health workers to update knowledge and expand practice skills. This includes specialist training programs, seminars and peer-support forums.

Training in HIV and Hepatitis C Pre and Post Test Discussion

The BBV Program runs the Course in Health - HIV and hepatitis C Testing.

This course is designed for health care workers to equip them for HIV and hepatitis C pre and post test discussion with their patients and clients, in accordance with the 2008 Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act.

This competency based course is delivered over four days, and held several times each year.

The BBV Program also delivers tailored training BBV testing and in pre and post test discussion, including short courses, refreshers and best practice forums.

Please consult the ARCSHS Events listing for information about upcoming courses and course dates.

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BBV Update Forum

BBV Update Forum is a series of seminars on topics related to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Recent topics have included Peer Based Models, BBVs and Women, and Emerging Hepatitis C Treatments.

BBV Networks

The BBV Program coordinates the BBV Workforce Network, a community of practice which provides a forum for information sharing, comment and critique, as well as to create opportunities for collaboration. It also aims to develop and consolidate effective education and health promotion methods, strategies and responses appropriate to work in the BBV sector.


If you would like to discuss the Blood Borne Virus program, email BBV-Program@latrobe.edu.au, or telephone (03) 9479 8715 or 9479 8831.