Sexual Health

Research Overview

The Sexual Health Unit carries out research in sexual and reproductive health. We are internationally recognised experts in sexual health and sexually transmissible infections (STI) research and have national and international collaborations with experts from sexual health medicine, general practice, microbiology, mathematical modelling, economic evaluation and implementation science.

Our current projects relate to:

  • Prevention and control of STIs, particularly chlamydia
  • Evaluation of complex sexual health interventions in general practice
  • Sexual health care access in rural communities
  • Contraception and reproductive health
  • Sexual health and ageing
  • STI treatments and pharmacokinetics
  • Adolescent healthcare in general practice
  • Online STI services

We have been at the forefront of research to develop, implement and evaluate innovative interventions in sexual health/family planning clinics and general practice. Our work has influenced national and international policy related to STI prevention and control.


Professor Jane Hocking (unit head)

Helen Bittleston

Louise Bourchier

Cassandra Caddy

Trey Cardwell

Jacqueline Coombe

Jane Goller

Dr Fabian Kong

Ngaire Latch

Andrew Lau

Terralyn Ludwick

Dr Sue Malta

Sara Newton

Amelia Wardley

Dr Cathy Watson

Dr Henrietta Williams

Kasia Wojcik

Valorie Tran

Olivia Walsh

PhD Students

Helen Bittleston

Louise Bourchier

Cassandra Caddy

Trey Cardwell

Carol El-Hayek

Steph Munari

Matthew R Palmer


National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Government Department of Health, NSW Health, Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services, University of Melbourne, Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative (HARI).

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students, Honours students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.