Thinking about SWASH as a community-engaged research project: the feedback

I'm writing a series of blogs about SWASH, a repeated cross-sectional survey of the health and wellbeing of community-connected lesbian, bisexual, queer (LBQ) and other non-heterosexual identifying women in Sydney. It is run by a collaboration of researchers (myself and colleague Rachel Deacon) and ACON Health (Australia's largest community health organisation specialising in LGBTQ health). I've been... Continue Reading →

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Thinking about SWASH as a community-engaged research project: the report

SWASH is a repeated cross-sectional survey of the health and wellbeing of community-engaged lesbian, bisexual, queer (LBQ) and other non-heterosexual identifying women in Sydney. It provides a snapshot, and allows us to track changes, demographics including sexuality and gender; community engagement; sexual practice, sexual partners, relationships; cervical cancer/breast cancer/STI/HIV screening, HPV vaccine uptake; smoking, alcohol... Continue Reading →

Sex and the Country Women’s Association… Community-oriented research translation for LBQ women.

The CWA - Country Women's Association are the largest women's organisation in Australia and work to improve the conditions of women and children in the country. They've been around since the 1920s. They are an Australian institution no doubt, famous for their cookbooks and cake competitions. Their motto is all God, throne, country... For me,... Continue Reading →

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 →

Lesbian and bisexual women and Pap smears – some good news but concerns remain

I attended the Australasian Sexual Health conference in Sydney to share our recent analysis of data from SWASH on Pap smear testing rates for lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women. The work was initiated by a medical student from Scotland, Catriona Douglas, who did an research internship with me earlier  this year. We looked at... Continue Reading →

Tobacco-control project targeting lesbians, bisexual and queer women

The Cancer Institute NSW (the cancer control agency for NSW) awarded an Evidence to Practice grant to ACON (NSW’s leading health-promotion organisation specialising in HIV and LGBTI health). I'm delighted to be the research partner on the grant.The grant is titled “Tobacco-control project targeting lesbians, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women” and will run until mid-2016. The grant was... Continue Reading →

Fascinating Facts about Female Same-Sex Couples from the 2011 Australian Census

You'll think twice about the next nurse, teacher, or police officer you meet...  Last week, more data on same-sex couples was released from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. This is the third set of analyses released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS): “Same-sex couple families” part of the “Reflecting a Nation: Stories... Continue Reading →

Homophobia in our healthcare system – Sydney Morning Herald

Homophobia in our healthcare system - a very worthwhile read from Friday's Daily Life, Sydney Morning Herald. Written by Melissa Davey (coincidentally a student at Sydney School of Public Health), it was prompted by a very interesting research article on lesbian mothers' experience of the healthcare system. What I especially liked about the research article... Continue Reading →

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