Frequently Asked Questions

This page aims to answer some frequently asked questions about ACHESS. If there is anything you would like to know about the project that is not covered on this page please feel free to send us an email.

What are same sex families?

Most people consider same-sex families to be families where both parents are of the same sex, for example a lesbian couple or a gay male couple. For the purposes of this research same-sex families will include any families where at least one of the parents is same-sex attracted. This is so we can capture the full range of families where parental sexual orientation may be an important issue.

How can I get involved?

At present we are not recruiting any more participants for this research. Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information about the progress of the project.

How can others get involved?

We would love for you to tell your friends about ACHESS - the more people know about our work the greater the impact it will have. Alternatively you can post a link on facebook, twitter or other social media services.

Who are the study participants?

For this study we will be working with same-sex attracted parents in order to develop a complete picture of the health and wellbeing of their children. We will also be working with children over the age of 10 years who have same-sex attracted parents.

How was information collected?

The study began by inviting participants to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire was  available online or sent by mail for those who prefered this.

Following the initial questionnaire some participants were invited to take part in more in depth interviews to help us create a more detailed picture of child health and wellbeing.

Who is conducting this research?

ACHESS is being run by Dr Simon Crouch, a public health registrar and PhD student. This project forms part of his PhD and is supported by the expert supervision of Professor Elizabeth Waters at the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program and Associate Professor Ruth McNair in the Department of General Practice. The Advisory Committee to ACHESS includes Dr Elise Davis (Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program) and Dr Jennifer Power (Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University). The research is also guided by community participants.

Where can I find results from this research?

As the project develops results will be posted on the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program website. Publications are also listed on the home page. Our first results paper is now available.

Where can I get more information?

If you have specific questions about ACHESS or just want some more information please do not hesitate to send us an email. Our contact details can be found here.