Alcohol reduction SMS Support program for same-sex attracted women

28 Apr 17
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Are you a same-sex attracted woman who wants to reduce your alcohol use? Perhaps you are reluctant to ask for help because you have had negative experiences with health services in the past or do not know of any alcohol services tailored to women who are same-sex attracted? If this sounds like you, Deakin University invites you to join this study.

How does it work?

If you are interested all you need to do is take a simple survey which will determine if you are eligible to be part of the study. You can take the survey here.

If you are eligible, you will receive a set of messages to help same-sex attracted women reduce alcohol use as well as improve well-being in general. These messages will be sent via SMS across four weeks. Then you will be asked to complete a survey at the end of 4 weeks, and 3 months after the study.


Australian and international research has found that women who are same-sex attracted have an increased risk of drinking at higher levels than women who identify as heterosexual. Yet despite this evidence, there are few programs which are tailored to same-sex attracted women. Moreover, the services that are available are not accessible to women in outer urban or rural areas.

The absence of evidence-based services for same-sex attracted women is problematic as many mainstream services have not received cultural training on LGBT issues and often the needs of same-sex attracted women are assumed to match those of heterosexual women. Consequently, many same-sex attracted women are not receiving appropriate treatment and are left feeling frustrated and invisible.

Who is it for?

This program is for same-sex attracted women aged 18 years or older. This includes lesbian, bisexual, queer, and gender diverse women.

How do you get involved?

If you would like to participate in this study, complete the survey following the link below and if you are eligible, you will start receiving the tailored SMS program. Once you enter the study, you will go into a draw to win one of two $50 gift cards!

If you would like more information on this research project, contact Rachel Bush or go straight to the survey.

This program has been put together by Rachel Bush, as part of her PhD under the supervision of Dr Rhonda Brown, Associate Professor Ruth McNair, Associate Professor Petra Staiger, and Professor Dan Lubman.