2018 – 2022.

Project Webpage

The MiBSS project has a website at https://www.mibss.org/. The website contains a link to the survey and more detailed information about the study.

Project Status


Update August 2019.

Update February 2020.

Project Timeline


Ethics approval

Ethics approval has been obtained from the Curtin Human Research Ethics Committee.

Chief Investigators

Assoc Prof Alison Reid (Curtin University), Dr Roanna Lobo (Curtin University), Prof Rebecca Guy (Kirby Institute, UNSW), Dr Graham Brown (Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University), Assoc Prof Limin Mao (Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW), Prof Baden Offord (Curtin University), Dr Lisa Hartley (Curtin University), Dr Helen Calabretto (SHINE SA), A/Professor Amy Mullens (University of Southern Queensland, and Dr Jo Durham (Queensland University of Technology). 

Brief overview










This research is supported by funding from the Australian Research Council Linkage Program, Curtin University, the Western Australian Department of Health, the South Australian Department of Health, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, SHINE SA, the ASHM Sexual Health Research Fund and in-kind contributions from partner organisations. 

Project partners

Curtin University, Department of Health WA, WA AIDS Council, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service, National Association of People with HIV Australia, Kirby Institute, Centre for Social Research in Health, AIDS Action Council of the ACT, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society, Ethnic Communities Council of WA, Multicultural Services Centre of WA, Office of Multicultural Interests, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, Relationships Australia SA, Government of SA, SHINE SA, University of Southern Queensland, and Queensland University of Technology. 

SiREN’s role

SiREN and Curtin University coordinated the development of the grant and Dr Roanna Lobo is a Chief Investigator.

Project impacts

This project will lay the groundwork for a repeated, national STI and BBV survey in CALD communities.  A repeated national survey would:

  1. enable health promotion activities, models of care, policies, workforce development, and research agendas to be better tailored to areas of identified need;
  2. identify changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices over time to facilitate more responsive program planning; and
  3. provide data to assist in the evaluation of population-level health interventions.

The project is also building community research capacity through the training and employment of peer researchers. 

Project outputs 

Vujcich D, Wangda S, Lobo R, Maycock B, Thanthirige C, Roberts M and Reid A. Best practices in the administration of sexual health and blood-borne virus surveys in migrant populations: lessons from the literature.  Poster presented at 2019 Australasian Sexual Health Conference; 2019 Sep 16-18; Perth WA. Available: http://hivaidsconference2019.com.au/program-2/

Journal articles 

Modes of administering sexual health and blood-borne virus surveys in migrant populations: A scoping review. Daniel Vujcich, Sonam Wangda, Meagan RobertsRoanna LoboBruce Maycock, Chanaka Kulappu Thanthirige, Alison Reid. PLOS One. (2020). 

Want to get involved, or want more information?

Email Daniel Vujcich, Project Coordinator at daniel.vujcich@curtin.edu.au or telephone 08 9266 3668.