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Research at SHQ

SHQ values research in the sexual health field, in particular around areas where current data is lacking, as this impacts an accurate assessment of the sexual health needs of our priority groups.

SHQ will promote, where possible at political, national and State levels, a high priority for the development of research programs and gathering of data in the areas of sexual health.

SHQ will participate in and facilitate research projects to develop the sexual health knowledge base of our staff, as well as the broader professional community.


Current research projects

Intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion

SHQ values research in the sexual health field, in particular around areas where current data is lacking. One such area is reproductive coercion.

Reproductive coercion is a term used to describe a range of fertility-controlling behaviours, and is an emerging form of domestic violence.

SHQ is committed to reducing incidences of violence in our community. More research is needed to better understand why reproductive coercion occurs, and what is needed to help support victims.

Any client who identifies as female will have the opportunity to allow their de-identified screening data to be used as part of a research project to help establish possible links between intimate partner violence/reproductive coercion, unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Your support for our important work is appreciated. For more information please contact Medical Director Dr Richelle Douglas – 9227 6177

This program has ethics approval from the University of Western Australia, and is funded by the Australian Government through the Women’s Leadership and Development Program.


Enablers and barriers to young people accessing STI services: a qualitative study

This study aims to explore the experiences, enablers and barriers of young people (aged 18-29) when accessing STI testing provided by SHQ.

Participants must have had either a consultation at SHQ regarding STI testing and/or received STI testing through a booked appointment or by attending an STI drop-in clinic. Participation involves a one-on-one interview with a researcher over the phone (between 30-45 minutes long). Please fill in a confidential consent form when you attend SHQ.

The study is being conducted by researchers and Masters by Coursework students from Edith Cowan University, and has been approved by Edith Cowan University Human Research Ethics Committee. For more information please contact:

  • Dr Gideon de Jong – 96304 3490 (Lead Researcher)
  • Dr Richelle Douglas – 9227 6177 (SHQ Medical Director)


Previous research projects

National HPV Monitoring Program (IMPACT)

The National HPV Monitoring Program (IMPACT) brought together internationally recognised epidemiologists, surveillance experts, sexual health physicians and statisticians from across Australia. and was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

IMPACT aimed to produce a timely evaluation of the National HPV Vaccination Program by (i) establishing a national sentinel surveillance system to enable the collection of specimens for HPV testing from priority populations and (ii) monitoring HPV infection prevalence with linkage of data to the National HPV Vaccination Register.

SHQ was delighted to support the project between 2016-2018 by recruiting 195 participants (161 Women, 34 Men). Preliminary data indicates a significant impact in reducing prevalence of the vaccine targeted types of HPV in all age groups.


SHQ offers a range of professional services including testing and treatment of STIs, contraception information and supply, unplanned pregnancy, cervical screening, STI drop-in clinics and counselling.