Smokin’ Hot or Smokin’ Not?

Dr Rhonda is conducting a survey regarding smoking within the GLBTIQ community.

Below is a brief description of the survey. If you wish to read the Plain Language Statement click here.

The GLBT Smoking Survey

Knowledge, attitudes and practices among GLBT smokers  Do you identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender  and are you aged 18+ years? Deakin University want to hear about your experience of cigarette smoking – whether you are still smoking, or, have quit!   The anonymous online survey will take about 15 minutes.

Find it at:

People in the GLBT community have higher rates of smoking than the overall population, but we need to learn more about smoking use, including attempts to quit, among the GLBT community.

This study explores smoking and your healthcare needs.  What we learn from you will help make recommendations for better healthcare services for people in the GLBT community to quit smoking.

If you have any questions about the research please do not hesitate to contact  Chief Investigator, Dr Rhonda Brown, Faculty of Health on 9251 7026 or email:  HEAG-H 146_2012

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Study finds lesbian women more likely to drink to excess

A NEW study by the University of Melbourne,Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and Monash University is looking at the correlation between excessive drinking, recreational drug use and depression among lesbian women 18 years and over.

Associate Professor Ruth McNair, part of the research team,told that women of all ages who identify within this group are two to three times more likely to experience depression and anxiety.

Long term relationships, motherhood, good support networks and a positive coming out experience are all factors that prevent depression and alcohol and drug abuse later in life for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women.

“We know that that the on average most the gap between realising your sexuality and coming out to friends and family is between five and seven years. How members of this community are treated by their families during this time has a big impact on their wellbeing through life,” Dr McNair said.
She described this period as a high risk time. If not properly managed and supported, t is common for high incidences of alcohol consumption and mental health issues to start at this point.

“This is a very vulnerable time and can create huge problems, with many in this community feeling lost as a result of their treatment.”

Lesbian women who have had children were also found to be less susceptible to depression. Associate Professor McNeil said earlier research has found the experience of pregnancy and birth helped build women’s resilience and ultimately had a positive impact on how they dealt with depression symptoms when and if they arose.

Women over 50 years are of particular interest to the research group as they were part of a generation of lesbian women in Australia who predominately would not have kids.

They are also seeking women within this community who have had an overall positive experience for insight into the way they cope with stigma.

Are you a member of this community? Does this study interest you? Let us know…


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Are you friends with your ex-partner?

If you are male and over the age of 22, we are interested in your friendship experiences.

Christopher Harris, a Master of Counselling Psychology student at La Trobe University is conducting a research into friendships with ex-romantic partners. It has been suggested that lesbian women, in particular, maintain meaningful connections with their previous partners in comparison to heterosexual
persons and gay men. A recent study has identified that post-breakup friendships are also particularly important to gay men. This project aims to detail the experience of post-breakup connectedness within an Australian context and to provide a better understanding of friendships following a breakup for men.

Participation in this research will involve completion of a 10 -20 minute set of online questionnaires. You will initially be asked to complete a brief demographic questionnaire and define your sexual orientation. After the completion of these tasks you will be asked to complete two questionnaires relating to both your feelings towards and your experience of friendships with ex-romantic partners. Finally you will be asked if you would be willing to participate in a follow-up interview (which will be recorded), at a later date.

If you agree to participate you will be eligible to go into the draw to win one of 5 Hoyts movie vouchers.

Please note participation is voluntary and your information will remain anonymous. This project has been approved by La Trobe University Human Ethics Committee: REF No. 12-035

If you would like to participate in this research, please go to:

Please contact Chris on if you have any queries.


Queer research study needs you!

Queer research study needs you!
How queer-friendly was your high school?
Was it safe to be openly queer?
Did you feel like you belonged?

Participants are being sought for a research study that aims to explore the experience of LGBTQ students in Australian high schools.

How can you be involved?

All persons aged 18 to 25, who went to high school in Australia, and identify as LGBTQ are invited to participate in the study. The online survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. By participating you will be helping to raise awareness of the school experience of queer students.

Please click on the following link to go to the survey:

Should you have any questions about the study, please contact the researcher via email:

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Are you CONNECTed yet??

What is the CONNECT study?

The CONNECT study will explore: how gay men network and communicate today; the beliefs about what is acceptable regarding sexual practices and how these may relate to HIV risk and risk reduction; and will compare these patterns in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

The CONNECT study is the first of its kind in Australia as it uses a different form of  recruitment in which men who participate are also asked to refer their friends to complete the survey. The survey is completely anonymous – study referral coupons with unique numbers are used to refer friends and learn how men connect.

The findings from connect will help tailor future HIV interventions in our community.


The CONNECT study is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia for a three-year period 2010-2012.


This study is being conducted by the Kirby Institute (formerly The National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research) in collaboration with The National Centre in HIV Social Research (NCHSR), Curtin University, AIDS Councils of New South Wales (ACON), Victoria (VAC) and Western Australia (WAAC), and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)

To find out more click here.

A worthy research study for gay men to be involved in!!!!

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