The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR) is our most important study of sexual and reproductive health. Conducted once a decade, it provides a snapshot of the sexual health and well-being of the Australian population and provides information essential for the development of policy and the delivery of sexual and reproductive health programs across Australia.
Data collection for the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships ran from October 2012 to November 2013. The major report on the findings was published in the form of 12 articles in the journal Sexual Health in November 2014. A summary of key findings can be found in our Sex in Australia Summary.
If you were a participant in the survey, we are very grateful to you for your time and trust. Note that no published information will permit the identification of any participant in the survey.
Since the main report, journal articles have been published on:
Further analyses of the data are in progress. Findings on the following topics will be released over the next few months and years:
• reproductive outcomes (birth, miscarriage, abortion, infertility)
• sexual difficulties and problems
• practice of BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission) and roles taken by participants
• contraception and condom use (dual protection)
As part of the preparation for ASHR2, we collaborated with other survey researchers to establish the differences between people contacted by landline and by mobile phone.
If you have any further queries, please contact Professor Juliet Richters on . This study was approved by the human ethics committees of La Trobe University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and the University of Sussex. If you have any ethical concerns that Professor Richters has been unable to address, please contact the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Nicholas Fisk, on (02) 9385 7995, or email . Data collection was undertaken by the Hunter Research Foundation.
Professor Juliet Richters, Professor Chris Rissel, Dr Richard de Visser, Professor Judy Simpson and Professor Andrew Grulich