Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Survey live

Burnet Institute

12 March, 2020

Click here to access the survey.

Discovering new insights into the sexual behaviours and knowledge, alcohol and other drug use, and other lifestyle behaviours of young Victorians is the focus of Burnet Institute’s 16th annual Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll (SDRR) survey, which is now live.

The online survey allows participants aged 15–29 to share, confidentially, their experiences so that researchers and decision makers can be better informed to develop policies affecting young people.

Burnet Young People’s Health researcher, Caitlin Douglass, said the survey has provided valuable qualitative and quantitative data over a long period of time.

“A lot of young people take part because they want to give back to their community. Their answers can help to put issues that are important for young people on the agenda,” Ms Douglass said.

Ms Douglass said results from the SDRR survey help direct Burnet’s other research, while also informing policy regarding young people’s health.

“It’s generating really important data on young people, for policymakers who are maybe a bit older than the participants,” Ms Douglass said.

This year the survey will include questions about social media and social isolation.

“We are interested in finding out whether the young people in our sample have tried to reduce the amount of time they spend on social media and some of the strategies that they have used to do that,” Ms Douglass said.

The survey also features a scale on feelings of social isolation, and Ms Douglass says her team will examine associations with other responses in the survey.

Participation in the study involves filling in a questionnaire, which takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Participants have the chance to win one of five gift vouchers. All responses are kept strictly confidential.

Starting in 2005 at the Big Day Out music festival, the SDRR survey has provided insights into young Victorians’ behaviours in the years since. With the festival no longer taking place, the survey has moved online.

Click here to access the survey.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Caitlin Douglass

PhD student and Research Assistant




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