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dc.contributor.authorMooney-Somers, Julie
dc.contributor.authorDeacon, Rachel
dc.contributor.authorRichters, Juliet
dc.contributor.authorParkhill, Nicolas
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-27
dc.date.available2015-03-27
dc.date.issued2015-03-01
dc.identifier.citationMooney-Somers, J, Deacon, RM, Richters, J, Parkhill, N (2015) Women in contact with the gay and lesbian community in Sydney: Report of the Sydney Women and Sexual Health (SWASH) Survey 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014. Sydney: ACON & VELiM, University of Sydney.en_AU
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-74210-348-8
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-74210-347-1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2123/12949
dc.description.abstractThe Sydney Women and Sexual Health (SWASH) survey is run by a collaboration of ACON and researchers at the University of Sydney (prior to 2009, researchers were based at the University of New South Wales). It was first carried out in 1996, initiated by workers from two ACON projects, Women Partners of Gay and Bisexual Men and the Gay and Lesbian Injecting Drug Use Project, who were faced with a lack of empirical evidence on which to base their intervention work. The survey is regularly revised to reflect the needs of the community and knowledge deficits identified through research literature. Over its lifetime, SWASH has become a comprehensive survey of sexual health and wellbeing, violence, mental health and levels of psychological distress, and a number of other important health issues relevant to lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women, such as tobacco use, illicit drug use, alcohol consumption, and cancer screening behaviours. Where possible, questions have been used from established national surveys such as the Australian Health Survey, National Drug Strategy Household Survey, Australian Study of Health and Relationships, and Australian Longitudinal Survey of Women’s Health. While research on LBQ women’s health and wellbeing has increased since the birth of the survey, epidemiological data on sexual health, mental health, experiences of abuse and violence and behaviours such as screening, illicit drug use, alcohol and smoking that can leave women vulnerable to adverse health outcomes, is still inconsistent. Moreover, as long as the inclusion of sexuality questions in large epidemiological surveys remains patchy or data is reported only by sexuality and not by sexuality and gender, SWASH provides a unique and important source of health-related information about Australian LBQ women. This report presents results from surveys conducted at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day and other community events and venues during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras seasons in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.en_AU
dc.description.sponsorshipSWASH owes a deep debt of gratitude to ACON, particularly the staff in the Policy, Planning and Research and the Lesbian Health Project, for continued practical and financial support. This research could not have happened without their commitment, enthusiasm and contactsen_AU
dc.language.isoen_AUen_AU
dc.publisherACON & Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM), University of Sydneyen_AU
dc.titleWomen in contact with the Sydney gay and lesbian community: Report of the Sydney Women and Sexual Health (SWASH) Survey 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014en_AU
dc.typeReport, Technicalen_AU
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