Our work

ARCSHS is an Australian leader in research on sex and sexuality. Our surveys of the general population have helped track patterns and practices during the life course and over time, and our qualitative research has built new understandings of sexuality-related cultures, experiences and identities. ARCSHS looks specifically at health and wellbeing in diverse sexuality and gender minorities, including same sex-attracted and gender diverse young people and older people, and explores the relationships between sexuality and other issues such as disability, mental health and alcohol and other drug consumption.

We are 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, including quality of life of people living with HIV, and sexual health among young people.

We are also an important provider of research-based training, resources and workforce development programs, particularly in the areas of sexuality education, blood-borne viruses, and LGBTI-inclusive practice. Much of our research involves international collaboration, particularly our work on HIV and viral hepatitis. Building on this international reach is an ongoing priority for all our work. Our key research themes are:

  • LGBTIQ health and wellbeing
  • Social responses to HIV and viral hepatitis
  • Sexual health and wellbeing
  • Sex, gender and consumption