What is MiBSS?

MiBSS stands for Migrant Blood-borne Virus and Sexual Health Survey.* It is a study led by Curtin University (Western Australia) in partnership with universities and community organisations in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. The aim of the study is to develop a greater understanding of how migrants living in Australia think and act on the subjects of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs).  

*Our name reflects the fact that this is a survey for migrants.  

Why is MiBSS important?

BBVs and STIs affect all groups of people living in Australia. However, we currently don't have much information about the knowledge, attitudes, behaviours or practices of migrant populations living in Australia. By finding out more information, we will be able to understand whether Australian health services are meeting the needs of over-seas born communities and what improvements can be made.

What does MiBSS involve?

A survey was completed by people born in Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia and North-East Asia living in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland. The survey included questions to understand peoples' knowledge, attitudes and practices in relation to sexual health and blood-borne viruses. Online data collection ceased in June 2021.