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Who We Are

Sexual Health Promotion and Education Research (SHPER) is a program of research focusing on the sexual health and wellbeing of people residing in Australia. It is lead by a team of researchers who work in multi-disciplinary spaces of public health, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, social work, and education.  


SHPER is based at The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS, pronounced Arches) which conducts world-class research and education on the social dimensions of sexuality, gender, health and human relationships.


We work collaboratively with other researchers, communities, community-based organisations, government, and professionals to advance knowledge and promote positive change in policy, practice and people’s lives.

For more information about ARCSHS, please visit the ARCSHS website.

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Our Research

Our research focuses on: 


  • Bodies

  • Desire and pleasure

  • Reproductive health

  • Sexual communication and consent

  • Sexual health promotion, education, rights, and advocacy

  • Sexual practices

  • Sexually transmissible infections (STIs)

  • Technologies and sexual digital literacies


Check out our Projects and Publications pages to find out more! 

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