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Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer women’s health: Insights from two decades of SWASH


A seminar by visiting academic Julie Mooney-Somers

Start Date

19 Oct 2017 1:00 pm

End Date

19 Oct 2017 2:00 pm


Room 211, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Research makes a case for action; communities can use findings to get on government agendas, to secure funding, and to hold health services accountable around how they are serving (or not) communities. Australian epidemiological data on the health practices and health outcomes for LBQ women rarely captures sexuality data, or when it does, data is often not reported by sexuality and gender.

SWASH (Sydney Women and Sexual Health) is a community-run biennial survey of lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women’s health that has been carried out in Sydney every two years since 1996 and in Perth (WWASH) since 2010. SWASH provides high quality, systematic, and timely health-related information about LBQ women who engage with LGBTI communities. In this seminar Dr Mooney-Somers will present several key analyses from SWASH to consider what the data tell us about LBQ women, and what has changed (or not changed) over time.

Dr Julie Mooney-Somers is a Senior Lecturer in Qualitative Research in Health at Sydney Health Ethics at the University of Sydney. She teaches qualitative research methods into the Master of Public Health program. Her research program focuses on equity in health and health services for LGBTI people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people and women. She has a particular focus on sexual practice and drug use.

This free seminar is presented by the
Institute for the Study of Social Change. All welcome.


Institute for Social Change
University of Tasmania
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