The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR) is Australia’s 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.
Australia’s sexual and reproductive health has been monitored primarily by ASHR as it is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive survey of sexual health, behaviour, and attitudes. ASHR1 (data collection in 2001-02) represented a major change for Australian sexual health research, which had until then been focused on studies of high-risk groups and young people. ASHR2 (2012-13) documented important changes in the sexual and reproductive health and practices of the Australian population. ASHR3 (2022-2023) comes at a time of major change in social, technological and medical developments in society which affect the sexual and reproductive health of Australians.