The second national survey of GLBT Australians is going ahead this year and researchers are calling for participants.

Private Lives 2 is the largest national study of GLBT people in Australia and is conducted by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria in partnership with La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.

Researchers say this time around, the 20-minute online study aims to be the most comprehensive assessment of the health of Australian GLBT communities to date.

The first Private Lives survey was conducted in 2005 and involved more than 5000 participants. Private Lives 2 will revisit many of the questions used in the original survey to see if, and how, things have changed for GLBT people.

The survey will include questions on physical and mental health and wellbeing, use of health services, alcohol and drug use, the impact of legislative reforms (including recognition of same-sex relationships), experience of discrimination, and connection to family, friends and the community.

Survey results will go into the improvement of GLBT services across Australia. Participants must be over 16 years of age and identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

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