BDO study: Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll - biggest ever!

Burnet Institute

29 January, 2013

More than 1600 young people were surveyed. Photo: Catherine Somerville

A team of staff volunteers led by Burnet’s Megan Lim and Alyce Vella spent Australia Day surveying the risk behaviours of young people at the Big Day Out (BDO) concert in Melbourne.

For the ninth year in a row, they gathered more than 1600 surveys (in four hours) from young people attending the concert about sexual health and drug and alcohol use.

Since 2005, the Burnet has recruited young people to complete surveys about ‘sex, drugs and rock'n'roll’. The project has been important in monitoring trends in young people’s sex and drug risk behaviour over time, and provides an opportunity to ask about other areas of interest.

This year they added questions about sexting, gambling and prescription drugs and partnered with YEAH for the first time. Their condom demonstrations with Big Red the dildo got the crowds laughing after they finished their surveys.

“We would like to thank the young people who agreed to be surveyed and to all our volunteers,” Ms Vella said.

This year’s results should be available in May.

To view results from past Big Day Out surveys click HERE.

We thank everyone who took part this year - our biggest ever study of 1600!

Burnet’s team of volunteers including some Monash University students.

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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