March 2, 2021

The GHB Cultures, Experiences and Practices Study

We’re looking for participants in a new study on cultures, experiences and practices around GHB use.

About the study 

Research shows that some LGBTQ people use GHB more than the general population. However, no research has sought to understand how, why and where LGBTQ people use GHB. We are hoping you can help shed some light. 

The GHB Cultures, Experiences and Practices Study is the first Australian study to specifically examine GHB use among LGBTQ people. This study will explore the varied ways that people use GHB, the benefits and harms associated with GHB use and strategies that LGBTQ people use to prevent harms.    

The knowledge generated by this study will be used to inform the delivery of health and wellbeing programs delivered by LGBTQ organisations. ACON, Thorne Harbour Health and the Western Australian AIDS Council are leading this research in partnership with researchers from the National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs, the University of New South WalesThe University of Sydney and La Trobe University. 

What does participation involve?  

Participating in the study involves participating in a one on one interview with a researcher, interviews will be: 

  • Confidential  
  • Approximately 60 minutes long  
  • Conducted either face to face or over video call  

All participants will be reimbursed with a $50 grocery voucher.    

There is more detailed information about what is involved in participation on this page and you will need to read this information and discuss it with a member of the study team before you decide to participate. 

Who can participate? 

This study will recruit people who meet the following criteria: 

  • Have used GHB on three separate occasions within the previous 12 months; 
  • Identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (including non-binary),  or queer; 
  • currently live in Australia; 
  • are over 18 years old; and 
  • can speak enough English to take part.  

Why participate? 

By participating in this research, you are contributing to the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and people who use drugs by increasing the ability of health organisations to programs that respond to people’s experiences 

Express your interest  

To express your interest in participation, please fill out this form, or text or call our research team on 0490 293 481 or email and a researcher will get in touch with you.  When expressing your interest all information that you share with us will be kept secure and anonymity will be preserved.