Queensland Sexual Health Research Fund

The Queensland Sexual Health Research Fund provides seed funding for translational research to assist in improving the delivery of sexual health services, and support implementation of the Queensland Sexual Health Framework (Framework)and its associated action plans.

ASHM is pleased to administer this Fund on behalf of the Department of Health.

Funding amounts

Over $500, 000 is available for disbursement through the Fund for Round Four. Consideration will be given to grants of up to $100,000 (including GST) as well as smaller-scale grants.

Applications

Applications for Round Four closed on Friday 15 April 2022.

We anticipate that Round Five, with its associated priorities, will open toward the end of 2022.

Translational research proposals must demonstrate partnership arrangements with relevant service providers in a range of sectors including health, education, and social services.

Preference will be given to innovative proposals which add to the body of knowledge and have direct relevance to enhancing service delivery in Queensland.

Novel research proposals which do not meet the priorities but do align with the Framework are encouraged and eligible for submission. Submissions from early career researchers are welcomed and may receive priority consideration.

Strategies and Priorities

The  Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee Research Sub-Committee set round priorities and assess and recommend applications for translational research which align with the priority actions of the Framework and underpinning action plans. Round Five priorities will be published here when the new round opens.

Round Four priorities
    • Research on barriers to sexual health prevention measures, screening activities, and early interventions in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, particularly in North Queensland.
    • Feasibility and/or acceptability research into periodic presumptive population-based treatment of asymptomatic and symptomatic STIs among young sexually active people as a model of prevention and treatment service delivery.
      • Research is to focus on communities where there may be poor access to healthcare and/or there is acknowledged to be high risk and high probability of infection.
      • Proposals should clearly identify and address key components of this model of care, such as potential service provider partnerships and risk mitigation strategies.
    • Research exploring drivers around blood-borne virus and STI disease burden experienced by older people, with particular foci on Hep B, Hep C, HIV and infectious syphilis.
      • Research may investigate sector knowledge levels, sexual health literacy levels, engagement with testing/treatment, and knowledge and utilisation of prevention measures, with a view to informing prevention approaches and improvements to models of care.
    • Underpinning research exploring determinants of health and behavioural norms which may be contributing to the presence and spread of the current syphilis epidemic, to further inform prevention approaches.
    • Research in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations with separate foci on refugee populations and migrant populations more generally. Research may target the following areas:
      • Country of birth-specific epidemiological data on STIs to inform sexual health promotion/prevention programs
      • Effective sexual health service models
      • Qualitative research and further analysis of existing data
      • Effective approaches to reduce stigma around sexual health within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, including peer-led and/or community-led interventions

 

Successful applications

The Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee and the Department of Health are pleased to support the research efforts of the grant recipients from Rounds One, Two and Three: