Our work

We are an established leader in research into sex and sexuality. Through surveys of the general population, we have 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 diverse young people, older people, and the intersection of sexuality with other issues such as disability and mental health.

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 relating to the quality of life of people living with HIV and sexual health among young people.

We are 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. Working internationally is a feature of much of our research, but particularly in the areas of HIV and viral hepatitis. This will continue to be a focus running through our research themes of:

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex health and well-being
  • Blood-borne virus and sexually transmissible infections
  • Gender, sexuality and social theory
  • School-based sexuality education
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Policy, community and health services