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Sexual health, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Sexual health

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society

ARCSHS  is part of the National Centre in HIV Social Research and is affiliated with the University of Melbourne. Its website lists a wide range of useful resources, for example:

Catching on everywhere

This resource, prepared for the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development by Dr Sue Dyson, addresses the issue of a whole-school approach to sexuality education in both primary and secondary schools. It combines an extensive literature review carried out in 2007 with a report on the evaluation of local projects at 57 Victorian schools. It offers tools for schools' strategic planning, and was distributed to all schools at regional training forums.

'Chlamydia: The secret is out'

This Commonwealth-funded project, managed by Jenny Walsh and Mandy Hudson with the 7 Dimensions production team, resulted in a DVD and teaching materials for secondary schools, available for purchase from 7 Dimensions, 7 Dimensions. (Source: La Trobe University, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, 'ARCSHS eNewsletter', n.5, December 2008,, viewed 21 January 2009.)


Your sex health

This website about reproductive and sexual health. It delivers expert information on emotional, practical and relationship issues. In its section, True Stories, it allows visitors to explore real-life dilemmas. This combination of story and fact helps site visitors to see the impact of decisions about sexual and reproductive health. The site was developed and produced by a team of Australian researchers, writers, designers and programmers working with, and for, the University of Melbourne.

Family Planning Queensland (FPQ) resources:

  • Responding positively to sexual behaviours: The Traffic Lights Model is a DVD resource from FPQ that provides a guide for professionals to identify, assess and respond to sexual behaviours that may cause concern in school settings. It uses a case study, based on real life scenarios about young people with a disability, to model staff and carer responses to sexual behaviours that may cause concern.
  • Training at FPQ: FPQ, in collaboration with Queensland Health, provides training in the area of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and sexual health promotion with young people. This training is customised to suit the needs of organisations and services accessed by young people (e.g. non-government youth organisations, school based youth health nurses, Aboriginal health workers, child and youth mental health services and other Queensland Health employees). As part of this training, a CD resource was produced (The HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and sexual health promotion with young people CD is a self-directed, activity-based learning resource from FPQ).

Sexual health text messaging service, sextxt™

This service provides education for 16- to 25-year-old Australians on the importance of safer sex and helps address the increasing incidence of sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV/AIDS in Australia. The sextxt™ service offers advice that is relevant to both heterosexual and homosexual youth via mobile phone. By texting "sexinfo" to 19SEXTXT (19739898) users will receive a reply within seconds with 10 options for automated assistance on sexual health issues. The sextxt™ service costs 55 cents per SMS message and the initiative is a not-for-profit service. Launched in 2007 during National Youth Week by Marie Stopes International, a leading Australian sexual and reproductive healthcare organisation, the service also provides information and advice on issues relating to chlamydia and HIV/AIDS.

Marie Stopes International is a sexual health website for teenaged youth, developed by Marie Stopes International. It provides non-judgmental sexual health information.

Marie Stopes International is a global partnership that provides sexual and reproductive health information and services across 38 countries, ensuring the fundamental human right of all people to have children by choice not chance. Marie Stopes in Australia operates a number of reproductive health centres in Australia. A proportion of the profits from these go to support MSI Partner programs across the world.

What is this Hep C thing?

This is an interactive internet-based resource about Hepatitis C intended for secondary school students. It was developed in response to an awareness that large numbers of young Victorians lack knowledge about the Hepatitis C virus. The project is a partnership between the HIV, Hepatitis and STI Education and Resource Centre at The Alfred, the Hepatitis C Council of Victoria and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at Latrobe University.

The National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health has been carried out every 5 years since 1992.

National Centre in HIV Social Research
This centre
conducts research which describes and analyses the social understandings, meanings and practices of peoples, institutions and communities in relation to HIV, Hepatitis C and other communicable diseases. Their research is used to inform government and non-government organisations, other research institutions, health educators, other health care professionals and community members.

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
ARCSHS, located within the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University, is a centre dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and applied skills in sexual health research and education locally, nationally and internationally. The centre also carries out research into same sex attracted youth. The site contains resources for both students and teachers for project work.

YEAH (Youth Empowerment against HIV/AIDS
YEAH is a not-for-profit organisation promoting HIV/AIDS awareness to young people in Australia and New Zealand. YEAH operates without government funding and is staffed by volunteers. The aim of the organisation is to educate Australian youth about combating the spread of AIDS in our backyard, and to connect young Australians to this global issue. YEAH produces resources and study guides of interest to teachers, educators and youth themselves.

Family Planning Queensland
FPQ offers clinical, education and training services from metropolitan and regional locations in that state. FPQ, in collaboration with Queensland Health, offers training in the area of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and sexual health promotion with young people. This training can be customised to suit the needs of organisations and services accessed by young people. Training is also available as a self-directed learning package, based on their CD-Rom, 'HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and sexual health promotion with young people' (rev.2006). FPQ has provided sexual and reproductive health services to the wider population of Queensland since its first clinic session in 1972.

Other links:

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)
Web site:

Aids Hepatitis and Sexual Health Line Inc.
Web site:

The National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA)
Web site:

Sexual health: international resources of interest

USA: YouthLens on reproductive health

The US-based Interagency Youth Working Group provides resources on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS related issues for young people aged 10 to 24. IYWG publishes 'YouthLens', a series of research briefs that summarise the latest information on key issues of reproductive health. The series began as part of another program and has been managed by IYWG since 2007. 'YouthLens', issue n.27, outlines the need for more attention to be paid to younger adolescents (aged 10-14 years) in the area of sexual health, while n.26 discusses the lack of attention given to young injecting drug users and the risks they face. Issue n.25 discussed the role of parents in promoting reproductive health. See the YouthLens directory and the Interagency Youth Working Group (viewed 8 November 2008).

Also see:

AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families
Web site:
AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families is a non-profit organisation in the USA that was founded to help respond to the unique concerns of children, youth, women and families who are living with, at risk for, or affected by, HIV/AIDS. AIDS Alliance conducts policy research, education and advocacy on a broad range of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and research issues.

Web site:
AIDS is the official journal of the International AIDS Society.

Web site:
AVERT is an AIDS education and medical research UK-based charity. This site focuses on information about education to prevent infection with HIV, information for HIV-positive people and the latest news and statistics.

Youth Studies Australia back issues and articles

If you are a subscriber to the electronic version of Youth Studies Australia, you can access all back issues of YSA that are online on this website.

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Hepatitis C: Special feature issue.
v.19, n.4, 2000.

Talking sexual health: What goes into a national framework for HIV/AIDS education in secondary schools?, by A. Mitchell, D. Ollis and J. Watson.
v.19, n.4, 2000, pp.22-27.

Hepatitis C and injecting drug use among young people. Special feature.
v.19, n.3, 2000.

STD education for female TAFE students: Needs and future directions , by C. Forrester.
v.13, n.4, 1994, pp.45-51.

HIV and harm reduction for homeless youth, by R. Rogers.
v.11, n.4, 1992, pp.23-27.

In the US, education isn't working (AIDS update from The Bulletin 10 Dec. 1991, pp.80-84).
v.11, n.1, 1992, p.52.

The AIDS message overseas, by J. Middleton.
v.11, n.1, 1992, pp.50-51.

AIDS update: The gap between knowledge, attitudes and behaviour, by L. Sullivan.
v.11, n.1, 1992, pp.47-49.

AIDS: The consequences for young people; Youth Research Centre.
v.10, n.1, 1991, pp.32-34.

Youth and the language of AIDS, by N. Pilkinton and L.J. Saha.
v.10, n.1, 1991, pp.26-31.

Adolescents and HIV/AIDS: Risky business, by D.A. Rosenthal and S.M. Moore.
v.10, n.1, 1991, pp.20-25.

AIDS and Australian youth, by B. Waters
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1989 v.8 n.2, pp.25-30.

AIDS and adolescent education - what are we waiting for?, by R. Greig and F. Young
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1988/89 v.7/8 n.4/1, pp.42-47.

AIDS and young women, by S. Abbott
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1988/89 v.7/8 n.4/1, pp.38-41.

Youth, AIDS and the limits of the law, by G.T. Lansdell and M.J. Le Brun
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1988/89 v.7/8 n.4/1, pp.18-23.