Institute for Health & Ageing


Older Adult Sexuality and Intimacy Study (OASIS)


The Older Adult Sexuality and Intimacy Study (or “The OASIS”) is a series of three projects that are part of a PhD for Ashley Macleod. These projects will feed into the development of a much needed definition for sexuality at mid-life and beyond, and a measurement scale that will be designed with a positive focus on the sexuality of adults aged 45 and above.

This is important, because right now there is no consistent definition on what later-life sexuality is, or how to measure it. Current measures used by researchers, clinicians, medical professionals and others are based on measures of sexuality that were designed for younger populations and that emphasise erection quality and frequency of intercourse, or are designed to measure sexual dysfunction. There is currently nothing that looks at the sexuality of older adults who enjoy a healthy sex life.

The OASIS projects are different because they will focus on what adults in mid- and later-life have to say about sexuality and what is important to them. It’s important because very little research looks at later-life sexuality from a positive perspective, and it’s needed because sexuality is an important part of well-being, regardless of age.

The OASIS also gives older people a chance to have their voices heard in relation to sexuality and intimacy in a world that is most often focused on the sexuality of the young, and on reproduction and fertility.


Participate in The OASIS

If you would like to participate in the OASIS, click here or you can have a paper version mailed to you by calling 03 9230 8103.


The OASIS Updates

OASIS Newsletter_Issue 1

OASIS Newsletter Issue 2

OASIS Newsletter Issue 3

Ashley Macleod interview with Genevieve Jacobs ABC666 Canberra  – 18 February 2016 

Ashley Macleod interview with Michael Mackenzie RN Afternoons – 22 June 2016