Sex Age & Me is the first national study to explore older Australians’ sexual and romantic relationships, sexual health, and safe sex practices. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council, and is a collaboration between the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, the National Ageing Research Institute, and the University of Sheffield.
In 2015, we conducted a study of the sexual health and relationships of Australians aged 60+. This study was the most comprehensive of its kind in Australia, involving both a national survey and in-depth one-on-one interviews. Participants were recruited from across Australia with all residents aged 60 years and older eligible to participate. Study advertisements were promoted using a variety of sources including Facebook, radio, and news articles in mainstream publications and those targeting older Australians.
Key objectives were to explore:
- Sexual behaviours, relationships and dating patterns
- Knowledge of STIs and STI prevention
- Use of safer-sex practices
- Gaps in knowledge and safer-sex practices
- Sexual health help-seeking behaviours and experiences talking about sex with healthcare professionals
- Ways of giving meaning to and understanding sex and safer sex in later life
In total, 2,137 participants completed the survey and 53 men and women participated in the in-depth interviews.