Burnet celebrates 10 years at Big Day Out

Burnet Institute

28 January, 2014

Concert-goers fill out Burnet Institute's Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll survey.

Not even a few millimetres of rain could dampen the spirits of our Burnet team in celebrating 10 years of public health research at Melbourne’s Big Day Out music festival.

Since 2005, Burnet’s Centre for Population Health has surveyed more than 10,000 young people about sexual risk behaviour, alcohol and drug use.

This year, new questions about online bullying, sexting and mental health were included to get a snapshot of the prevalence of these issues amongst 15-29 year-olds.

Head of Burnet’s Sexual Health Research Program, Dr Megan Lim said that during the past decade they had learnt a lot about the types of risk behaviours among young people.

“The Big Day Out also gives us an excellent opportunity to inform this population about sexual health and behaviour that may place them at risk of sexually transmitted infections,” Dr Lim said.

“The weather and poor ticket sales reduced the number of surveys we were able to collect this year but we are grateful to the significant number of young people who participated between bands.”

Results from this year’s survey will be available on the Burnet Big Day Out project page, along with data from previous years.

CLICK HERE to see Burnet research assistant Alyce Vella talk to The Age at the Big Day Out.

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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