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Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

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Introduction

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society is a major social science research center focused largely on sexuality, gender, and health, based at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. More commonly known by its acronym, ARCSHS (pronounced “ARCHez”) was established in 1993 as a small center studying sexually transmissible infections (STIs) from social sciences, public health, and education perspectives, primarily focused on the state of Victoria. The center was initially called the Centre for the Study of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, but the name was changed in 1997 to the current one to reflect widening research interests and growing national and international activity. Twenty-eight years later, ARCSHS is thriving center of 30 staff, plus several honorary and adjunct appointments, 18 postgraduate students, 44 research projects, and 13 research translation projects, with funding totaling AUD 5.3 million in 2019 (ARCSHS Annual Report2019). ARCSHS has...

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  • Carman, M., Fairchild, J., Parsons, M., Farrugia, M., Power, J., & Bourne. (2020). Pride in prevention: A guide to primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities. Melbourne, Australia: Rainbow Health Victoria for the LGBTIQ Family Violence Prevention Project 2019–2021, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

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  • Couch, M., Dowsett, G. W., Duterte, S., Keys, D., & Pitts, M. K. (2006). Looking for more: A review of social and contextual factors affecting young people’s sexual health (ARCSHS monograph series no. 61). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

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  • Dowsett, G. W. (2010). Dancing with daemons: Desire and the improvisation of pleasure. In P. Aggleton & R. Parker (Eds.), A handbook on sexuality, health and human rights (pp. 264–270). London: Routledge.

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  • Dowsett, G. W. (2017). Abjection. Objection. Subjection: Rethinking the history of AIDS in Australian gay men’s futures. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 19(9), 935–947.

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  • Dowsett, G. W., Duncan, D., Waling, A., du Plooy, D., & Prestage, G. (2018). The social dimensions of prostate cancer in gay men’s sexuality. In J. Ussher, J. Perz, & S. Rosser (Eds.), Gay and bisexual men living with prostate cancer: From diagnosis to recovery (pp. 100–115). New York: Harrington Park Press.

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  • Dowsett, G. W., Mitchell, A., & O’Keeffe, D. (2012). ‘They just assume everyone’s straight’: A technical report on prostate cancer and health promotion for gay and bisexual men. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

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  • Dowsett, G. W., & Parker, R. G. (2006). Culture, sexuality and AIDS syllabus. In C. E. Foote-Ardah & E. R. Wright (Eds.), Teaching the sociology of HIV/AIDS: Syllabi, lectures and other resources for instructors and students (3rd ed., pp. 82–89). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

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  • Fisher, C. M., & Kauer, S. (2019). National survey of Australian secondary students and sexual health 1992–2018: trends over time (ARCSHS monograph series no. 118). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

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  • Fletcher, G., Dowsett, G. W., Wood, S., & Henry, N. (2016). Gender, sexuality and disadvantage: Intimately entwined, but perpetually divorced within international development? Development Bulletin, 77, 85–89.

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  • Heywood, W., Patrick, K., Pitts, M., & Mitchell, A. (2016). ‘Dude, I’m seventeen … It’s okay not to have sex by this age’: Feelings, reasons, pressures, and intentions reported by adolescents who have not had sexual intercourse. The Journal of Sex Research, 53(9), 1207–1214.

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  • Hill, A. O., Bourne, A., McNair, R., Carman, M., & Lyons, A. (2020). Private Lives 3: The health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people in Australia (ARCSHS monograph series no. 122). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

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  • Hill, A. O., Lyons, A., Jones, J., McGowan, I., Carman, M., Parsons, M., et al. (2021). Writing Themselves In 4: The health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia(National report, ARCSHS monograph series no. 124). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

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  • Jones, T. M., & Hillier, L. (2012). Sexuality education school policy for Australian GLBTIQ students. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 12(4), 437–454.

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  • Kennedy, P., & Patel, S. (2017). Rainbow Tick guide to LGBTI-inclusive practice: A guide to assist organisations in improving the quality of care and services they provide to their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse and intersex consumers, staff and volunteers (2nd ed.). Melbourne, Australia: GLHV@ARCSHS, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

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  • Leonard, W., & Mann, R. (2018). The everyday experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people living with disability (ARCSHS monograph series no. 111). Melbourne, Australia: GLHV@ARCSHS, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

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  • Lyons, A., Anderson, J., Rasmussen, M. L., & Gray, E. (2020). Toward making sexual and gender diverse populations count in Australia. Australian Population Studies, 4(2), 14–29.

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  • Power, J., Amir, S., Brown, G., Rule, J., Johnson, J., Lyons, A., et al. (2019). HIV Futures 9: Quality of life among people living with HIV in Australia (ARCSHS monograph series no. 116). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

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  • Smith, A. M., Rissel, C. E., Richters, J., Grulich, A. E., & de Visser, R. O. (2003). Sex in Australia: The Australian study of health and relationships. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27(2), 103–256.

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  • Wallace, J., Pitts, M., Locarnini, S., Ellard, J., Carman, M., & Chen, D.-S. (2016). Essential components in developing public policy to control viral hepatitis: Lessons from Taiwan. Hepatology International, 10, 355–362.

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Dowsett, G.W., Mitchell, A. (2021). Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. In: Lykins, A.D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59531-3_105-2

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