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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

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)


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.