We aim to provide resources that give practical guidance, so researchers are able to implement sex and gender policy recommendations into their practice.

Conducting Research

The resources on this page provide a centralised place to begin or enhance learning about:

  • what sex and gender are; 
  • how these terms are used and understood by different people in different contexts; 
  • how they combine and compound with other factors such as age, ethnicity and socioeconomic standing to impact health, and
  • how researchers can incorporate this understanding throughout the research cycle to produce thoughtful, inclusive and quality research. 

We are hoping to start conversations, spark ideas and create a space for researchers to learn about this topic.

Why is incorporating sex and gender dimensions important?

Incorporating sex and gender dimensions in health and medical research increases our understanding of the causes of disease and how best to prevent and manage these conditions.

Knowing this is a critical first step in creating evidence-based policies, training and interventions to reduce gender inequities, increase the rigour of medical research and improve health.


Language, Terms, Definitions and Inclusivity in Research

Project Glossary

Terms and definitions for Sex & Gender Policies in Health and Medical Research project

Useful links

Researching intersex populations

Intersex Human Rights Australia

Darlington Statement

AIS Support Group Australia, IHRA, ITANZ, et al

Tools for conducting research incorporating sex and gender

No matter where you are working in the health and medical research pipeline, sex and/or gender should be thoughtfully incorporated in every stage of the research cycle, not only at the end or when you are conducting your analysis.

Below are some resources to assist you at every research stage:

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Sex and gender in health research | Candian Institutes for Health Research (How to integrate sex and gender into research training modules)

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Recommended Training and Case Studies:

Other international projects of relevance:

Learn more about sex and gender:

Learn more about minority populations marginalised in discussions on sex and gender: