ARCSHS Newsletter

Summer Edition: December 2017


ARCSHS is on the move!

This year ARCSHS celebrated our 25th anniversary – an excellent achievement for any research centre, but particularly remarkable for us, working as we do in multidisciplinary social science research in sex, gender and sexuality. 

It has indeed been a year of celebration, and the historic result of the postal survey and subsequent passing of legislation to recognise same-sex marriage was a fabulous way to finish our anniversary year. Recognising the value of committed, loving relationships will have a positive impact on health and wellbeing for all LGBTI Australians.

I would like to thank all our supporters, partners and friends for celebrating with us during our 25th year. Thank you to all the ARCSHS staff and students who have worked so hard and with such dedication to make ARCSHS so successful.

I look forward to starting our next 25 years with you all in our new location on the Bundoora campus of La Trobe University as we continue to do important research that has a real impact by changing people’s lives for the better.

As always, thank you for your contribution to - and interest in - our work.
I hope you enjoy reading about it.

Warm regards,
Professor Jayne Lucke
Director, ARCSHS 

Our new home!
Building NR6, Bundoora.

ARCSHS new address: Building NR6, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3086

After nearly 20 years in our beloved Franklin Street home in Melbourne's city centre, ARCSHS has moved to La Trobe University's Bundoora campus. 

We're excited to continue our work from a shiny new premises!

Project Updates

The Victorian Government supports Private Lives 3

The Victorian Government is supporting ARCSHS with almost $450,000 for Private Lives 3, the third national survey of the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Australians.

Private Lives is one of the largest national surveys of its kind anywhere in the world.

This research will be led by ARCSHS and build on the first two Private Lives studies (2005 and 2011).

Private Lives 3 will include additional questions on emerging areas of interest and concern to LGBTI people’s health and wellbeing, including family violence, rainbow families, trans and gender diverse health, LGBTI homelessness, alcohol and drug use, and service provision in rural and regional areas.

This research will provide insights into ongoing health and wellbeing disparities between LGBTI and mainstream communities and between different groups and populations within LGBTI communities.

The Victorian Government is committed to using the state and national data to identify gaps in service provision and continue to develop mainstream and LGBTI-specific policies, programs and services that will improve the health and wellbeing of all LGBTI Victorians.

Minister for Equality Martin Foley welcomed this support, saying: 
“This funding will ensure we can adapt our policies and services to best support LGBTI Victorians.”

Be part of the implementation trial of the new PozQoL scale

Quality of life among people living with HIV (PLHIV) is increasingly identified globally as an important goal for PLHIV services and policy.
The PozQoL study aimed to develop a short scale assessing quality of life among PLHIV that could be incorporated into day-to-day practice of health and community services, as well as in research. We believed this could transform the way HIV organisations, health services, governments, and other stakeholders understand and improve their impact on the quality of life of PLHIV.

Pooling the resources of ARCSHS, ViiV Healthcare, National Association of People Living with HIV, Positive Life NSW, Living Positive Victoria and Queensland Positive People, and with huge support across the community and health sector, we have validated the PozQoL scale with 465 PLHIV in Australia. The PozQoL study was embedded in the GIPA principles of a direct partnership with peer-led organisations representing people living with HIV, and a demonstration of a highly effective and genuine partnership of community, research, and health industry.

More details on PozQoL are available on the W3 Project website and on the ARCSHS publications page.

With continued support from ViiV Healthcare and our community and health service partners, in 2018 we will be conducting an implementation trial across a range of programs and services.  

For more information on the PozQoL scale and the implementation trial, including interest in participating, contact Gosia Mikolajczak or Graham Brown

New Report

Best practice in HIV and hepatitis pre and post test discussion


The BBV Sector Development Program works to support and strengthen the Victorian BBV workforce as it meets the challenges of elimination targets, new prevention technologies and the scaling up of testing and treatment.

Earlier this year, the BBV Sector Development program at ARCSHS conducted a consultation which aimed to define best practice in HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C pre and post test discussion in 2017, and the full report is now available for download: HIV and hepatitis pre and post test discussion in Victoria:  Consultation report  November 2017

The report explores considerations for quality pre and post test discussion, and adds to what is already outlined in the National HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C Testing Policies.  The report also contains checklists that can be used by BBV test providers to tailor pre and post test discussions to a range of settings. 

The BBV Sector Development Program will be engaging in a range of dissemination and translation activities relating to this consultation in 2018. For more information please email Jen Johnson or Emily Lenton.

New Resource

LGBTI-inclusive risk management: providing cultural safety

A new resource has been developed by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria to support organisations in

ensuring that their risk management systems have an LGBTI-inclusive lens and application. 

Organisations can use the tool to track consumers and staff through their journey in an organisation,

identifying potential  risk events for them and developing appropriate risk management strategies. 

Organisations can also use  this resource to embed LGBTI-inclusive risk thinking into systems and services

development and review  processes. 

Download the new resource here.





The 3rd National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference hosted by GLHV and Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care was a smashing success, featuring speeches from Professor Gillian Triggs, Professor Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen and many other notable academics and community leaders. The Conference was a celebration of the remarkable lives of older LGBTI people, providing a wonderful environment for LGBTI elders, health, aged and support services, and policy makers to come together to learn and debate, and ultimately to drive and inspire positive change for the future for LGBTI ageing and aged care.

You can see some gorgeous photos from the conference on Val’s Facebook page here.



ARCSHS researchers had a strong presence at the 2017 Australasian HIV&AIDS AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences in Canberra. From an impressive opening plenary address by Associate Professor Adam Bourne, to the exciting launch of PozQol (see above for more information on this project), ARCSHS presentations were accompanied by a fantastic cocktail party where our Deputy Director and Chair Professor Gary Dowsett gave a speech charting our work in the HIV & AIDS space. 

Dr Steven Angelides presented a brilliant keynote address "Can sex be educated in a culture of fear, victimhood, and trauma?” at the Sex/Ed Conference, presented by Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality at Ashoka University and the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in New Delhi, India.
Congratulations to Dr Graham Brown, Dr Jen Power, Dr Andrea Waling and ARCSHS’s former staff member Dr Wendy Heywood (now at the Social Research Centre) for being recognised as Rising Scholars in the Field of Sexuality by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) in 2017.
Congratulations to Dr Andrea Waling (ARCSHS) & Dr James Roffee (Monash University) who were award finalists for the Globe Community 2017 Awards in the "Protecting Our Community" category.
Congratulations to Peninsula Health who won the inaugural Victorian Public Healthcare Awards' ‘Supporting LGBTI health’ award for their submission Proudly inclusive: the journey to achieving Rainbow Tick accreditation.  

Peninsula Health participated in GLHV's HOW2 program as part of their preparation for Glove's Rainbow Tick accreditation.
Our People

Dr Gosia Mikolajczak, Research Officer

Gosia Mikolajczak is an early career researcher with a transdisciplinary background, including work on research projects in social psychology, marketing, management, and public health.

Gosia joined ARCSHS in July 2016 after completing her PhD in social psychology. Her doctoral thesis focused on gender discrimination and cultural factors that propagate it.

Gosia is currently working on the PozQoL study focusing on the quality of life among people living with HIV, and is busy analysing results from the HIV Futures 8 survey.

Jami Jones, Rainbow Network Coordinator 

Jami is the Coordinator of Rainbow Network. In this role Jami facilitates a network of over 1000 youth work professionals across Victoria with a commitment to create services and communities that are safe, inclusive and affirming for same sex attracted, intersex, trans and gender diverse young people .  Rainbow Network provides professional development and resources as well as opportunities for members to exchange ideas, information and resources; keep up to date about the latest research and build partnerships.
Jami's background is in youth work and community development. Prior to coming to ARCSHS in 2015 she worked in community organisations and local government in roles ranging from program development and implementation to management, research and policy development.  Jami's work has centred on young people and their communities, inclusion and social change. The 3 buzzwords that best describe her work are collaboration, facilitation and connection. 


Check out our top ARCSHS picks for this quarter.

For more ARCSHS publications, visit our website.

Bariola, E., Lyons, A., & Lucke, J. C. (2017). Flourishing among sexual minority individuals: Application of the dual continuum model of mental health in a sample of lesbians and gay men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. 4(1), 43-53. doi:10.1037/sgd0000210

Dowsett, G. W. (2017). Abjection, objection, subjection: Rethinking the history of AIDS in Australian gay men's futures. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 19(9), 935-947. doi:10.1080/13691058.2016.1273392

Lucke, J. C. (2017). Enhancing shared decision making in contraceptive consultations. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. 43(2), 126-127. doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2016-101602

Lyons, A., Heywood, W., Fileborn, B., Minichiello, V., Barrett, C., Brown, G., Hinchliff, S., Malta, S., & Crameri, P. (2017). The Sex, Age, and Me Study: Recruitment and sampling for a large mixed-methods study of sexual health and relationships in an older Australian population. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 19(9), 1038-1052. doi:10.1080/13691058.2017.1288268

Waling, A., & Roffee, J. (2017). Knowing, performing and holding queerness: LGBTIQ+ student experiences in Australian tertiary education. Sex Education. 17(3), 302-318. doi:10.1080/14681811.2017.1294535

Waling, Andrea., & Pym, Tinonee. (2017). ‘C’mon, No One Wants a Dick Pic’: Exploring the cultural framings of the ‘Dick Pic’ in contemporary online publics. Journal of Gender Studies.[online first].  doi: 10.1080/09589236.2017.1394821. Accepted October 17th 2017

ARCSHS has had another successful year among our Higher Degree by Research students in 2017, and we are thrilled to announce the following:
Thesis Passed:
Jayne Russell, PhD
Title: Social support and the experience of living with HIV for women in Australia
Recipient of the Nancy Mills Award for Outstanding Thesis
Carmel Hobbs, PhD
Title: Becoming Somebody: A constructivist grounded theory of marginalised young people re-engaging with education through an alternative school
Alissar El-Murr, PhD
Title: Violence against Women Policies in Victoria, Australia: Emergence, Rupture, and Continuity of Discourse.

Thesis Submitted:
Andrew Westle
Title: Dancing Like a Man: Sexuality, Gender and the Body among Contemporary Male Dancers in Australia
Luke Gahan
Title: Understanding the Experiences of Separation Within Same-sex Parented Families

Jack Wallace
Title: Transforming Hepatitis B:  Building an Ecological Model of Hepatitis B to inform Public Health Policy Responses
We would also like to extend a big welcome to our new students who started this year:
Lucy Kerr
Title: Malignancies on the Margins - Cancer and the Transgender and Gender Diverse Community
Victoria Cooke
Title: Sex, Gender and Sexuality in Tweenagers' peer cultures
We look forward to announcing our new cohort of HDR students joining us in 2018!

Students interested in undertaking studies with ARCSHS should visit the ARCSHS website for more info. 

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