17th Sex Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll Survey live

Burnet Institute

28 April, 2021

Aged 15-29 and living in Victoria? Take the survey now for the chance to win a $250 voucher

Examining changes in young Victorians’ behaviours and attitudes to health and wellbeing is the focus of Burnet Institute’s 17th annual Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll (SDRR) survey.

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The online survey allows participants aged 15-29 years old 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, Dr Megan Lim, says this year’s survey will be particularly interesting to examine the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on drug and alcohol consumption, as well as sexual behaviours.

“The past 12 months have really shown the value of well-informed public health policy,” Dr Lim said.

“Surveys like this are really important for young Victorians, as honest and frank responses can help shape policies which will affect them and their peers.”

Dr Lim said findings from the SDRR survey help direct Burnet’s research efforts, while also informing policy regarding young people’s health.

“A lot of the time policymakers are much older than the young people their policies affect, so it’s really important to get data and honest opinions from young Victorians so that we can look into things further, and create policies which are effective and well-received,” Dr Lim said.

Dr Lim said public health issues affecting young people remained important, despite the global focus on public health and COVID-19.

“There are numerous public health issues that are important for young people, like mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and sexual health.

“This research aims to keep these issues on the agenda, and look at how lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions have affected young people’s behaviour,” she said.

“Equally, we are keen to examine the effects of lockdown on eating habits: whether they improved from more time spent at home cooking, or reasons why they may have worsened.”

Participation involves taking an online questionnaire, which takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Participants have the chance to win a $250 gift voucher. 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.

Aged 15-29 and living in Victoria? Take the survey now for the chance to win a $250 voucher

Contact Details

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

Associate Professor Megan SC Lim

Deputy Program Director, Disease Elimination; Head, Young People’s Health




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