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Sexual Health Promotion and Education Research

ARCSHS, La Trobe University


The Sexual Health Promotion and Education Research (SHPER) program focus on the sexual health, rights, well-being, and education of people in Australia. The program is run by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University and headed by a team of researchers across sociology, public health, psychology, and gender and sexuality studies. 

We partner and work with several organisations in health and wellbeing, sexual health and education, mental health and wellbeing, and gendered violence prevention sectors to produce and translate research to support the sexual health and wellbeing of Australia-based communities.  

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Past and Current Projects

Check out some of our current and previous projects!



National survey study series exploring the knowledge, behaviours, attitudes and practices of secondary school students in Australia

Supporting sexual health promotion and education among young people

Working towards building a better future for young people and sexual health rights, education, and needs

Young people and sources of sexual health information

Understanding how young people access and evaluate information about sexual health

Parents Wanted!

Parents wanted!

How comfortable are you talking to your child or teenager about sex, relationships and sexual health?

We are interested in knowing more about parents’ and carers’ experience in talking about these topics with their partners, friends and health care providers and how comfortable they are talking sex and relationships with their school-aged children and teenagers.


If you are the parent or carer of a school aged child (aged 5-18 years), we invite you to complete an anonymous online survey containing questions about sexual literacy, sexual health, and relationships. It will take approximately 30 minutes of your time.


Youth Advisory Board

ARCSHS has put together a Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for our project Building an integrated approach to supporting sexual health promotion and education among young people funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health Australia. We are excited to announce we have finalised our board members, check them out!


Contact Us

Sexual Health Promotion and Education Research Program

03 9479 8700

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