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Digital cultures and sexual health: research & practice roundtable

5 May 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm AEST

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Digital and data literacies for sexual health policy and practice 2022 webinar series

Digital platforms and technologies are becoming ubiquitous within our public and private lives – including our negotiations of gender, sexuality and sexual health. The Australian 2018-2022 Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Strategy notes that “understanding the social drivers that influence the rates of STI in Australia, such as social media and other technology platforms” is a critical gap in contemporary sexual health policy and practice. But what do we currently know about ‘good practice’ in digital sexual health promotion? How are government and non-government organisations engaging with Indigenous people’s digital cultures? How are trans people included in (or excluded from) mainstream sexual health communication? What kinds of technologies are young adults (aged 18-29) using to explore sexuality, health and wellbeing?

This roundtable conversation brings together social researchers, and sexual health promotion experts to share their insights into emerging research and practical responses at the intersection of digital cultures and sexual health in Australia.

This event is supported by an ARC Future Fellowship grant (FT210100085), the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, and the Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute.


Heather McCormack

Heather McCormack (she/her)
Heather McCormack is a Senior Program Manager with the NSW STI Programs Unit and a PhD candidate at the Kirby Institute. Her research interests include social aspects of sexual health, use of technology to optimise sexual health services, and acceptability and accessibility of services to diverse audiences. She currently leads Take Blaktion, an innovative digital health promotion program that uses comedy to empower Aboriginal young people to take charge of their sexual health.

Jennifer Power

Jennifer Power (she/her)
Jennifer Power is an Associate Professor and Principal Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. Her research focuses on sexuality, sexual health and HIV. Her current projects are on digital sexual literacy, digitally mediated sex and intimacy, and young people and sexual health. She also does work on LGBTQA+ health and wellbeing and experiences of people living with HIV.

Daniel Reeders

Daniel Reeders (they/them)
Daniel Reeders is a pracademic working across health promotion and social research. Their PhD research examines interstitial movements seeking to reconfigure the regulation of illicit and licit drugs.

Barrie Shannon

Barrie Shannon (he/they)
Barrie Shannon is a Casual Lecturer in sociology at the University of Newcastle and a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Their research interests mainly concern gender, sexuality and education, specifically the experiences of trans and gender diverse youth. Barrie’s first book, ‘Sex(uality) education for trans and gender diverse youth in Australia’ was published in March with Palgrave Macmillan. Their current projects include a study on the understanding of diversity and inclusion for tertiary medical students, and a study within the Scope-University Melbourne Partnership on Younger People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC).

Andrea Waling

Andrea Waling (she/her)
Andrea Waling is a Senior ARC DECRA Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. Her research interests include sexual communication and sexual practices, young people and sexual literacies, LGBTIQA+ health and wellbeing, and men, masculinities, and bodies. Her current projects include cisgender, heterosexual men’s understandings and practices of sexual communication, consent, and intimacy, technologies and sexual practices, LGBTIQA+ suicide prevention, and young people and sex education.

ADM+S Investigator Kath Albury

Kath Albury (she/her)
Kath Albury is Professor of Media and Communication, and an Associate Investigator in the Swinburne Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. She co-leads the Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute’s Digital Participation and Inclusion Program, and is an ARC Future Fellow (2022-2026).


5 May 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm AEST