Young Australians’ use of pornography and associations with sexual risk behaviours

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2017, 41: 438–443. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12678


Objectives: Amid public health concern that rising pornography use may have a negative impact on young people’s health and wellbeing, we report prevalence of pornography viewing and explore factors associated with viewing frequency and age at first viewing.

Methods: Cross-sectional online survey in a convenience sample of Victorians aged 15 to 29 years recruited via social media.

Results: Ever viewing pornography was reported by 815 of 941 (87%) participants. The median age at first pornography viewing was 13 years for men and 16 years for women. More frequent pornography viewing was associated with male gender, younger age, higher education, non-heterosexual identity, ever having anal intercourse and recent mental health problems. Younger age at first pornography viewing was associated with male gender, younger current age, higher education, non-heterosexual identity, younger age at first sexual contact and recent mental health problems.

Conclusions: Pornography use is common and associated with some health and behavioural outcomes. Longitudinal research is needed to determine the causal impact of pornography on these factors.

Implications for public health: Viewing pornography is common and frequent among young people from a young age and this needs to be considered in sexuality education.

AMA throws its weight behind same-sex marriage, declares it a health issue

The Age

The nation’s most powerful doctors’ group has thrown its weight behind same-sex marriage for the first time, declaring it a public health issue and calling on politicians to end the divisive debate.

In an unprecedented move, the president of the typically conservative group, Dr Michael Gannon, has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten urging bipartisanship.

  • Read more of article here
  • Read AMA press release here
  • Download position paper here 



HIV Futures 8: Women Living with HIV in Australia

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, 2017

In 2015, there were just under 3,000 women living with (diagnosed) HIV in Australia, representing around 10% of the overall number of Australians currently living with HIV. The experience of living with HIV can be very different for women than it is for men. 

HIV Futures 8 is a survey about the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in AustraliaThe study is designed to inform the Australian National HIV Strategy and guide community and clinical service provision for PLHIV. Findings from HIV Futures 8 are presented as a series of short reports.

The 74 women who completed the survey were aged between 19 and 80 years, with a median of 49 years. HIV Futures 8 is a broad survey covering issues such as financial security, housing status, antiretroviral treatment use, general health issues, stigma and discrimination, clinical and support service use, aging, drug and alcohol use, sexual health, relationships, and social connectedness.

  • Download report (PDF)  here 

WHO launches new treatment guidelines for chlamydia, gonorrhoea & syphilis

World Health Organisation, 30 August 2016

STIs present a major burden of disease and negatively affect people’s well-being across the globe. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are three STIs which are all caused by bacteria and which can potentially be cured by antibiotics. Unfortunately, these STIs often go undiagnosed and due to antibiotic resistance, they are also becoming increasingly difficult to treat.

WHO has today launched new treatment guidelines to help address this issue. Based on the latest available evidence, the guidelines share new recommendations on the most effective treatments for these curable sexually transmitted infections.

GK’s Cooking Demonstrations for people living with HIV

SAMESH will be running a number of cooking demonstrations aimed at people living with HIV (PLWHIV) on lower incomes, and the first demonstration will be held Thursday 25 August.

The sessions will run bi-monthly from then (in August, October, and December). These classes are aimed at encouraging and teaching people how to cook healthy and nutritious meals at home.

We also have a broader approach by inviting a health professional to attend the demonstration to provide an informal discussion on the benefits moving to a healthier lifestyle can have on their overall quality of life. This would include such areas as dieticians, dentists, fitness instructor/trainer, cardiologist, and so on. This isn’t a clinical visit nor meant to interfere with any on-going treatments; it is a chance for those attending to hear from professionals in the field who can provide some advice that may otherwise prove intimidating to seek themselves or feel they cannot access for any reason.

The event is open to all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds.

We ask that people register their interest as soon as possible to ensure we have accurate numbers for the day to accommodate accordingly.

  • First session: Thursday August 25th at 10 AM – 2.30 PM, at SAMESH, 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide
  • To book, call 7099 5300 or email


CALD Women’s Forum on 20th May 2016

“CALD Women in the 21st century Stand Up, Speak Out & Be heard!”

CALD Women’s Forum on 20th May 2016

This  an event that the Women’s Legal Service is working on, in collaboration with the Migrant Women’s Lobby Group.

The forum focuses on providing CALD women with the knowledge and empowerment that is needed to combat issues they may face on the day to day basis. it also allows women the right to share their views or ask any questions that they may be dealing with in this day and age.

CALD Women are invited to participate and contribute to the forum around issues that impact on our lives. Topics include: training, employability, health and more.

Date: Friday, 20th May 2016
Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Venue: Hellenic Macedonian Cultural Centre, 94 Henley Beach Road, Mile End SA 5031

This is a FREE event

Registration for catering purposes:

Email here or Phone: 08 8241 9900

Please feel free to share the flyer (link below) around your networks, and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Didi Ngor at the Women’s Legal Service on 8231-8929 or via this email

Invitation to CALD Womens Forum