2013 - 5th National survey of Australian secondary students and sexual health

A national survey of the sexual health of Australian secondary students has been carried out approximately every five years since 1992, each survey wave being funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The 2013 survey, conducted by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at LaTrobe University, involved over 2000 students from the Government, Catholic and Independent school systems and from every jurisdiction in Australia. Students were asked about their STI knowledge; sexual behaviour, beliefs and perceptions; desire to have children; drinking and drug taking; use of the internet, technology and social media; and sexuality and relationship education.


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2009 - Increasing the resilience of young people at risk: A literature review

This report provides an analysis of a literature review focusing on what works to increase resilience for at-risk and marginalised young people. It forms part of a larger body of work that the NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health (NSW CAAH) undertook, in partnership with NSW Health, towards developing the 2011-2016 Youth Health Policy for NSW. [PDF 1.8MB. Opens in new window]


2013 - Education Programs for Indigenous Australians about Sexually Transmitted Infections and Blood-borne Viruses

As a group, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of sexually transmitted infections, blood-borne viruses, and teen pregnancy than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This resource sheet examines evidence on the effectiveness of sexual health education programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It outlines what works, what doesn't, and what further research is needed. Information is provided on: the prevalence of notifiable sexually transmissible infections; types of sexual health education programs; facilitators and barriers; and increasing the evidence base.


2016 - ‘It is not all about sex’: Young people’s views about sexuality and relationships education

In an era where information about sex and sexuality is pervasive on the internet, young people say sexuality education classes at school need to be about much more than just sex. This report summarises the views of more than 2000 students, aged between 13 and 16 years, from 31 high schools in South Australia and Victoria. The research found that while students counted on sex education classes in schools as an important source of information, they wanted more from the classes than just a biology lesson. The report also examines several significant differences between the two states and in terms of gender.


2012 - Building capacity in sexuality education: The Northern Bay College experience

A report on the first phase of a five-year project at Northern Bay College in Geelong to enhance sexuality education for Prep - Year 12 students using a whole-school and community partnership approach.


2012 - HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmissible Infections in Australia: Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour

The 2012 Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour presents data from current behavioural and social research. Want to know about … the sexual health of young people? drug use and risk? initiatives in hepatitis C treatment? sexual practices and risk among gay men? This report will provide you with the most recent data and perspectives on these and other current issues.


2010 - Results of the first national survey of Australian secondary teachers of sexuality education

This involved nearly 300 secondary school teachers from every jurisdiction in Australia including government, Catholic and independent schools. The key findings are arranged under the themes of teaching workforce, the content of sexuality education, barriers and support, teachers’ views and opinions and school policy requirements.


2014 - Face the facts briefing: Young Australians and sexual health

A number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are becoming more prevalent in Australia, and young people are among those at highest risk. Sexual health education and social marketing programs can increase knowledge of STIs, but knowledge alone does not always translate into safer sexual practice. This 2014 snapshot offers a brief overview of current knowledge about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young Australians and outlines the role of education and social marketing in reducing the prevalence of STIs.