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Exploring Young Australians of Chinese Background Sexual Health Education Needs

Researchers at La Trobe University are exploring the experiences of young Australian-Chinese in learning about sex, dating and relationships in their family and school settings.

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The Project

Researchers at La Trobe University are exploring the experiences of young Australian-Chinese in learning about sex, dating and relationships in their family and school settings.


The aim is to learn more about how cultural background shapes experiences of learning about sex and relationships and to support the sexual health needs of Australian-Chinese.  


If you are aged between 18 and 25 years old, have parents born overseas, identify as having a Chinese background, and have either been born in Australia or lived in Australia since you were 12 years or younger, we invite you to participate in an online interview or focus group to talk about your experiences of learning about sex and relationships.


Participants will be reimbursed a $50 gift voucher for their time. 

To register your interest, please navigate to the register interest button!



Who is running this project?

This research is conducted by Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University.
It has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and granted human research ethics approval from the La Trobe University Ethics Committee (HEC23225).

Am I reimbursed for my participation?

We recognise you’ve taken time out of your busy schedule to share your story with us. All interview and focus group participants are reimbursed with a $50 gift voucher.

Will I be asked uncomfortable questions?

We do our very best to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the interview and you never have to answer a question that makes you uncomfortable or that you don’t want to talk about.

How do I register my interest in participating?

To register your interest in participating, please navigate to the top of the page and click the Register Interest! button

I have more questions

If you have any further questions about the study, or would like more information, email Dr Thomas Norman ( or Associate Professor Jennifer Power (

Who can participate?

We are looking to speak with people that:
• are aged 18-25 years old
• reside in Australia
• have parents born overseas
• identify as having a Chinese background
• were either born in Australia, or have resided in Australia since the age of 12
• are proficient in speaking and writing in English.

Do I remain anonymous?

We do not reveal your name or any other identifying information to anyone outside of the research time. When we report the results of the study, we make sure that all your personal information that could identify you is removed.
If you participate in an interview, only the research team will know your identity.
If you participate in a focus group, other members of the focus group will learn your name, however, we request all people in the focus group respect the privacy of other group members.

Can I participate in both an interview and focus group?

While you can only participate in either a focus group or interview, you can let us know in the eligibility survey if you are happy to participate in either format. We will provide you with times for both formats and you can select the option which best suits your schedule and preferences.

What does participation involve?

You can choose to participate in a private one on one interview, or join a focus group with other young people. Interviews and focus groups are held at times that best suit your schedule, and can be either face to face, in a convenient location, or online via zoom.
Typically, interviews take from 30 minutes to 1 hour, and focus groups generally run for 1 -2 hours (we provide breaks in this time!).

Where are interviews or focus groups held?

Interviews and focus groups are held online via zoom technology, or in person in Brisbane, Australia.

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