Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour: Viral hepatitis

UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health, October 2016

The Annual Report of Trends in Behaviour presents data from a selection of the behavioural and social research conducted by the Centre for Social Research in Health. The report focuses in particular on studies assessing trends over time or addressing emerging issues.

The Viral Hepatitis Supplement covers a few key issues which stand out  in relation to viral hepatitis.



Forum and discussion: Drug use, chemsex, and supporting marginalised communities

SAMESH, October 2016

Join us at a forum and discussion featuring Dr Adam Bourne From the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:

Drug use, chemsex, and supporting marginalised communities

  • When: Wednesday, 26 October at 3:00 pm
  • Where: SAMESH, 57 Hyde Street Adelaide

Helping people manage their drug and alcohol use poses a number of unique challenges. This is especially true for people who belong to marginalised communities, from LGBTI people, to refugees, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

With the ideas of chemsex and a supposed ice epidemic being talked about more and more, it is important to get the facts, and to talk about how to support the people most affected by them.

The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC), in partnership with SAMESH, is proud to host a forum and roundtable discussion featuring Dr Adam Bourne, a top researcher in the use of alcohol and other drugs, and how they affect people in marginalised communities. He will be providing an overview of his research, and will participate in a Q&A about alcohol and other drug issues and the health and wellbeing of affected people.

The forum will kick off at 3:00 pm at SAMESH, located at 57 Hyde Street in the Adelaide CBD. Light refreshments will be served following the event.

Please RSVP at If you have any questions, please contact SAMESH at (08) 7099 5300.

Download flyer here drug-forum

New website with information on drug use and sexual & mental health, for the LGBTI community


Today, a website has be launched to provide advice and information on drug use and sexual and mental health, focused on the Australian LGBTI community.

The website, TouchBase, is a collaboration between the Victorian AIDS Council, the Australian Drug Foundation and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisatios (AFAO).

It is the first online resource to deal with how recreational drugs can interact with prescription medication and hormones.
It also shows people where they can get support in their state of residence.
Access TouchBase website here

National Drug Strategy Household Survey (Australia)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, November 2014

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released more detail from its 2013 national drug survey providing an insight into the lifestyles of almost 24,000 Australians.

Initial findings from the study were released in July 2014.

  • Read section 5,  Illicit use of drugs, here
  • Read section 6, Misuse of Pharmaceuticals, here
  • Read Summary here
  • Download entire report as PDF here


Multiple Drug Use Raises Infection Risk for ‘Swinging’ Couples

Medline Plus, Friday, October 24, 2014

Multiple drug use put couples who “swing” at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new study shows.

Read more here