Talking about lesbian and bisexual women and sex… come along!

As part of the Lismore Women's Festival (next week) I'm participating in a couple of events: a community forum on LBQ women and smoking and this...   I'll be mining the extensive SWASH data set to share what we know about lesbian, bisexual and queer women's sexual practice, and looking at what the research tells... Continue Reading →

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Australia’s longest running regular survey of lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s health is collecting data…

  Every two years since 1996 the SWASH survey has been asking lesbian, bisexual and queer women in Sydney about their sexual health, mental health, experiences of violence and abuse, tobacco and drug use, alcohol consumption, and health service engagement. In 2010, the survey started running biennially in Perth (as WWASH), and in 2014/5 we... Continue Reading →

SWASH 2016 is out!

We're launching the 2016 SWASH report on the health and wellbeing of lesbian, bisexual and queer women engaged with the Sydney LGBTIQ communities, at the LBQ Women's Health Conference tomorrow. Send it to your friends, your GP, and your MP! Check out past reports and more in-depth analyses.

‘Except as required by law’: Australian researchers’ legal rights and obligations regarding participant confidentiality

Researchers’ promises of confidentiality are often easily and genuinely made. However, our experience in research ethics review (Julie through an NGO-run ethics review committee; Anna through formally constituted university and hospital human research ethics committees), in qualitative research and in teaching qualitative research ethics has led us to think about the limits of these promises.... Continue Reading →

Why I always get an ISBN for my research reports

Mooney-Somers, J, Erick, W, Brockman, D, Scott, R. & Maher, L (2008). Indigenous Resiliency Project Participatory Action Research Component: A report on the Research Training and Development Workshop, Townsville, February 2008. National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW. ISBN: 978 0 7334 2647 6. See that... Continue Reading →

Earning the LGBTI (or being deliberate when describing our research): Reflections on the 9th National LGBTI Health Conference

I've just attended the 9th National LGBTI Health Conference in Canberra. The conference organisers had a very progressive approach to communicating with delegates - for the few months leading up to the conference they sent out short announcements (blog posts) about the papers to be presented, along with the more usual updates with delegate information.... Continue Reading →

From culture shocked to fearless adventurer – introducing students to qualitative research

Over this past semester I've introduced about 250 postgraduate students to qualitative research. Last year it was about 200. Actually through running a postgraduate coursework program in qualitative health research for 5 years and teaching several qualitative methods courses for community researchers there have been quite a few over my relatively short teaching career. I’ve... Continue Reading →

How can ethics committees judge whether researchers are competent to conduct qualitative research?

[check out some more thoughts at the end of the post] I’ve just taught a session on ethics in qualitative research, part of an intensive course designed to give attendees an appreciation of the philosophical and ethical issues underlying research involving human participants. There was good representation from those who called themselves qual researchers, those... Continue Reading →

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