The Juvenile Offender Sexual and Reproductive health (JOSH) survey

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Project Funding
National Health and Medical Research Council
Project Description

Juvenile offenders are at increased risk of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and bloodborne viruses (BBVs), and high fertility rates and abortion. However, little is known about the sexual health and sexual risk taking behaviours of those under 16 years due to issues of consent. The JOSH study addresses this knowledge gap by screening those between 14 and 16 years.

This study will systematically survey young people in contact with the juvenile justice system aged between 14 and 18 years. This will provide a comprehensive picture of the sexual and reproductive behaviours and health needs. Importantly, this survey will collect information on young Aboriginal people who, despite representing 5% of the community, comprise 40% of those on community orders and 50% of those in custody. The findings from the JOSH survey will guide the development of appropriate education and policy for this population.

Project Team
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Professor
Ph +61 (2) 9385 9257 / 041 111 4927
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Adjunct Lecturer
Ph 9385 1925
Project Contact
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Adjunct Lecturer
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