Research and reports
Research and reports
The final report, executive summary and accompanying documents associated with the independent Impact Evaluation of the Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships (GDHR) website in 2016.
Annual analytics and updates of the Department of Health's GDHR website
A handbook for parents with children who have intersex variations.
HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia: Annual report of trends in behaviour (2012)
This report presents data from social and behavioural research conducted by the National Centre in HIV Research. Includes data on the sexual health of young people.
This report provides an analysis of a literature review focusing on what works to increase resilience for at-risk and marginalised young people.
Paper by the Commissioner for Children and Young People on gender and sexual diversity.
It’s about more than just sex: curricula and educational materials to help young people achieve better sexual and reproductive health (2013)
The toolkit provides descriptions of high-quality, adult- and youth-led curricula designed to improve youth sexual and reproductive health.
This article aims to heighten awareness of mental health professional on the widespread social problem of child sexual abuse. The focus is on prevalence, mental health outcomes, and preventative strategies.
This article provides comment on the effects of COVID on mental health on children and social inequalities. It points to the idea that schools should be appreciated not only as sites for academic and social learning, but also settings that can enhance student health and wellbeing.
Survey of 28,000 Australian young people aged 15-19 years. Covering topics such as: education; post school plans; employment; values and concerns; who they go to for help; family relationships; discrimination; what activities they are involved in; happiness; feelings about the future. Broken down into state responses.
The Mission Australia Youth Survey is the largest annual survey of young people in Australia. The survey aims to identify the values, aspirations and issues of concern to young people at the national level, but also then presents information on states and territories of Australia. This report and overview provide findings the 2021 survey results. The top three issues in Australia in 2021 were COVID-19, the environment, and equity and discrimination.
The Mission Australia Youth Survey is the largest annual survey of young people in Australia. The survey aims to identify the values, aspirations and issues of concern to young people at the national level, but also then presents information on states and territories of Australia. This report and overview provide findings the 2022 survey results. The top three issues in Australia in 2022 were the environment, equity and discrimination, and mental health.
This article reviews available data on the number of intersex people, and the complications involved in data collection.
An article describing the importance of parent-adolescent communication to reduce risky sexual behaviour in young people.
Parents and their support for school-based relationships and sexuality education - Western Australia Snapshot Report (2022)
This project and final report were commissioned by the Western Australian Department of Health to examine parents' and caregivers' attitudes towards school-based relationships and sexuality education. This report summaries the WA data from the broader National survey.
This article aims to better understand the factors that influence the initiation of first intercourse among adolescent females and to explore the context in which this occurs.
Professor Jessica Ringrose submission of evidence for Youth Select Committee 2017: Inquiry into body image
Key findings around sexualisation, gender, sexuality and body image drawn from international research and over a decade of international research. UK, 2017.
Commissioner for Children and Young People's profile of children and young people in WA.
Practice brief addressing children's and young people's disclosure of abuse. It offers suggestions to parents, family members, friends, professionals or others to help respond to children and young people at the time of disclosure and in the longer term.
Results of a survey of nearly 300 secondary school teachers across Australia.