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Sex Work Industry


RhED Consumer Survey 2012


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Publications from the following sex work industry research areas are available on this page:

The Pathways Program

The Pathways Program is a case management program supporting sex workers who would like to explore alternative work and training opportunities outside the sex industry. The Pathways program was initially funded as a 12 month pilot however this was extended to two years until February 2012 and then extended another 16 months until June 2013. There are two Evaluation Reports available – Phases 1 & 2 and Phase 3.  Consumer Affairs Victoria has extended funding for Phase 4 until 30 June 2014.

Evaluation Reports for:

  Phases 1 & 2



Phase 3


Shining a RhED light: the 2011 Health and Sex Work Research Symposium

On 25 May 2011, ISCHS invited members of the research, public health and sex work communities to attend our inaugural research symposium. Presentations spanned several disciplines including social research, health promotion and epidemiology, and addressed a range of issues concerning the health and wellbeing of sex workers.

A selection of the presentations (video and PowerPoint) can be viewed below.

Global health and human rights of sex workers

with Cheryl Overs, Senior Research Fellow, Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights, Monash University


Working with culturally and linguistically diverse sex workers

      1. Sex worker research with Thai, Chinese and Korean speaking background sex workers in Australia: best practice methodology, reliable outcomes
        – with Jules Kim, Migration Project Manager, Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association and Elena Jeffreys, President, Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association
      2. Establishing language-specific sexual health screening clinics for CALD sex workers
        – with Aileen McConnell, Sexual Health Nurse, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
      3. Panel discussion: engaging with culturally and linguistically diverse sex workers
        – with Jules Kim (Scarlet Alliance), Elena Jeffreys (Scarlet Alliance), Aileen McConnell (MSHC), Dr Naomi Ngo (Manager, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health)


Call to action

with Sue White, General Manager, Complex Care and Oral Health, ISCHS


PowerPoint presentations


Shining a RhED Light, by Sue White

HIV and female sex workers, by Cheryl Overs

Using the classifieds to equitably target the delivery of sexual health services and health promotion initiatives, by Dimitri Batras

RhED in 2011, knowing where we’ve come from

The job satisfaction of female sex workers
working in licensed brothels in Australia, by Rosey Cummings

Sex 4 swap?
by Nicole Hallahan and Kathy Glavimans

The SHANTUSI Project

Surveying HIV and need in the unregulated sex industry

Sex work has been described as the world’s oldest profession. It is also one of the most misunderstood. As part of ISCHS’s ongoing commitment to dispelling myths and stereotypes about sex work, and advocating for the health and wellbeing of sex workers, we have published research by Dr James Rowe, RMIT University, into HIV risk and prevalence in Victoria’s unregulated sex industry. The research also provided insights into the social circumstances that impact the health and wellbeing of sex workers.

The SHANTUSI Project research was launched at our inaugural Health and Sex Work Research Symposium in May 2011.

SHANTUSI Call to Action

SHANTUSI Full Report

SHANTUSI Executive Summary

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