Information for future students

ARCSHS is a supportive and scholarly environment. It encourages a postgraduate culture of intellectual inquiry and the completion of degrees in minimum time. Each student is assigned a Principal and a Co-supervisor with whom they have regular meetings. ARCSHS and the College of Science, Health and Engineering offer some financial support for conferences, research expenses, and publications. Students are given desk space, a telephone, and a computer. These facilities may be shared.

ARCSHS staff conduct a wide range of research on matters such as:

  • sex and sexuality education in schools and the health professions
  • the lives, cultures and health of people living with HIV
  • sexuality and gay men and lesbians
  • sexual health and Indigenous people
  • reproductive health
  • hepatitis C, drug cultures and justice systems
  • medical professions, patients and expert knowledge
  • print and electronic media cultures, gender and health
  • policy and professional practice
  • international health issues
  • social factors affecting the health of populations.

ARCSHS works closely with community-based organisations, government departments, consumer advocates, and the World Health Organization, and has a focus on professional practice as one area of investigation. We encourage theorisation, empirical work and methodological subtlety and innovation. Researchers engage in large and small scale survey work, qualitative investigations through interviews and associated forms of statistical, thematic, discursive and narrative analysis.

ARCSHS has postgraduate students from a range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds. There is a wide age range and considerable diversity. Postgraduate research areas have included:

  • Women, pregnancy, motherhood and HIV
  • Seminal Fluids
  • Queer family values
  • Women making sense of breast cancer information
  • Ethics of breast cancer screening
  • Sociocultural determinants of contraceptive use
  • The health effects of media representations of genitals
  • Affirming diversity in sex education in schools
  • Women's narration of their HIV infection
  • Male sex workers
  • Sexuality and ageing
  • Lesbian visibility and health services
  • Sexuality and health in prison populations.