Sexual and Reproductive Health during COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Project Details


We are conducting an online survey to explore the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic on the sexual and reproductive health of people aged 18+ who are living in Australia. We want to answer questions like: are people having more or less sex during the pandemic? Are people still using dating apps to hook-up? Will we have a COVID-19 baby boom? Can people still access essential sexual and reproductive health products like sanitary items and contraception? Are people putting off going to their doctor for a sexual health check?

Although lockdown restrictions are easing, COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the nature of intimate relationships and sexual practices and will continue to impact our lives for many years to come. The survey will be repeated regularly throughout 2020 so we can see how things change over time.

Interested in participating?

Great! Email us at to register your interest, or just check back on this page in a few weeks.

This study has been approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee, ID: 2056693.2. You can read more about the study in our Plain Language Statement.

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We are a team of experienced sexual and reproductive health researchers from the Sexual Health Unit in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, the Department of General Practice and the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH).

Professor Jane Hocking (Lead Researcher)

Dr Jacqueline Coombe

Dr Fabian Kong

Helen Bittleston

Prof Meredith Temple-Smith

Dr Jane Goller

Dr Hennie Williams

Andrew Lau

Louise Bourchier

Prof Jane Tomnay

Dr Sue Malta

Alaina Vaisey

Research Outcomes

The summary of our findings from Survey 1 will be available here soon.

We will provide links to these as they become available.

Research Group

Sexual Health

School Research Themes

Data science, health metrics and disease modeling

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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