How ethical is sexual assault research?

The Conversation, published April 6, 2017 1.17pm AEST

Thirty-nine Australian universities will now individually release the findings of a national research project on sexual assault and harassment on campus. This case has raised some substantial questions about what constitutes “ethical” research on sexual assault.

Why does it matter if research is ethical or not? And what steps could or should have been taken to ensure that issues such as those the Australian Human Rights Commission now faces are avoided?


HIV Conference slams spitting laws in SA, WA & NT

Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)

 Adelaide: Friday, 18 November 2016

Delegates at Australia’s national HIV/AIDS conference have condemned the governments of South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory over laws that force people accused of criminal offences to undergo mandatory HIV and blood-borne virus testing.

The conference passed a resolution this afternoon expressing its ‘profound disappointment’ in the laws, which make it mandatory for people to undergo blood tests if they are accused of spitting on or biting law enforcement personnel. The laws were passed in South Australia and Western Australia in 2014, and in the Northern Territory in 2016.

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Intimate partner violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer communities

CFCA Practitioner Resource – December 2015

  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) experience intimate partner violence at similar rates as those who identify as heterosexual.
  • There has been an invisibility of LGBTIQ relationships in policy and practice responses and a lack of acknowledgement that intimate partner violence exists in these communities.
  • Beliefs that privilege heterosexual relationships affect victims’ experiences as well as policy and practice responses.
  • Homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism affect the experience of, and responses to, intimate partner violence in LGBTIQ populations.
  • Service providers lack awareness and understanding of the LGBTIQ population and their experience of intimate partner violence.

Read more here

More sex please: ending barriers in the bedroom [for people with physical disabilities]

Sydney Morning Herald, November 11, 2015

Now 23, Ariane was born with cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia, which means she has reduced muscle tone in parts of her body and uses a wheelchair.

It also means, like many people with physical disabilities, she has relied on assistance in the past to lead a normal adult sexual life; including help getting undressed before hopping into bed with her boyfriend at the time (who also had a physical disability).

“There’s this idea that we’re not allowed to have sex, that it’s gross,” says Ariane.

  • Read more of this article here
  • Read about the Deakin University study here


Review of evidence on knowledge translation & exchange in the violence against women field

Parenting Research Centre, Melbourne

Friday, 17th April 2015

The Parenting Research Centre (PRC) was commissioned by Australia’s National
Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS) to undertake a
review of the evidence on knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) strategies in the field of violence against women.

For the purpose of this research, the scope of ‘violence against women’ refers to domestic violence, including intimate partner and Indigenous family violence, and sexual assault.
The aims of the research were to:
• build knowledge about the evidence for KTE in the area of violence against women;
• compare KTE differences in the sexual assault and domestic violence sectors; and
• examine differences in KTE approaches by various practitioners within those sectors.

Download report (PDF) here


Revised Guidelines For The Management Of Exposure To HIV

Press release, SA Health, 5 May 2015

The 2007 Guidelines for the Management of Non-occupational Exposure to HIV have been revised and replaced with the South Australian HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Management Plan.

The South Australian HIV PEP Management Plan has been developed in line with the National PEP Guidelines and provides guidance on the management of incidents involving potential exposure to HIV infection.

The South Australian HIV PEP Management Plan covers non-occupational exposures and occupational exposures that occur in non-SA Health worksites.

Where occupational exposures occur in SA Health worksites, continue to follow the SA Health Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Management Procedure CPR032.

Supporting the Plan are three Standard Operating Procedures that provide further detailed guidance to staff managing individuals after exposure.

For more information and to access the South Australian HIV PEP Management Plan, the Standard Operating Procedures and the National Guidelines go to: and click on the ‘key documents’ tab.