Welcome to the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families (ACHESS).


The final results from the parent report survey are currently under consideration for peer review publication. These results will be made available as soon as possible.

An interim report indicating early findings is still available here.

About the study

ACHESS is a research project that is being conducted as part of the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program at the University of Melbourne. It is the first study in Australia to consider the health and wellbeing of children with same-sex attracted parents.

At present we are not recruiting any further participants for this study. We hope to have our first full set of results available shortly.

You can find out more about this project by visiting the FAQs (frequently asked questions) page. Throughout the project results will be posted on the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program website. Our publications can also be found at the bottom of this page.

This website is constantly being updated but if you would like to find out more about this research please contact the project administrator here.


Crouch SR, Waters E, McNair R, Power J, Davis E and van Mourik L (2014)
Triumphs and challenges in recruiting same-sex parent families Aust N Z J Public Health 38 (1): 87-88

Crouch SR, McNair R, Waters E and Power J (2013)
What makes a same-sex parented family Med J Aust 198 (9):1

Crouch SR, Waters E, McNair R, Power J and Davis E (2012) ACHESS - The Australian study of child health in same-sex families: background research, design and methodology BMC Public Health. 12:646