Sexual Health and Relationships Survey

The Sexual Health and Relationships Survey is the first national survey of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) undertaken in Australia. The survey involved collection of data comprising four areas (i) demographics; (ii) questions assessing knowledge of STIs and BBVs; (iii) questions relating to risk behaviours and (iv) questions related to use of and access to health services. Just under 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-29 were surveyed in every Australian jurisdiction.

The Sexual Health and Relationships Survey is the first national survey of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) undertaken in Australia. The survey involved collection of data comprising four areas (i) demographics; (ii) questions assessing knowledge of STIs and BBVs; (iii) questions relating to risk behaviours and (iv) questions related to use of and access to health services. Just under 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-29 were surveyed in every Australian jurisdiction.

The project was initiated in 2010, and data collection occurred during 2011-2013. The survey was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with contributions from State and Territory Health Departments. The survey was coordinated by peak Aboriginal health organisations in each jurisdiction.

This project was initiated because rates of STIs and BBVs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are recognised as a key area of disadvantage, with rates of infection being much higher than for non-Indigenous Australians except for HIV infection.

The study provides evidence to shape policy and programs in this area and contribute to the broader body of knowledge in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health and blood borne viruses.

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