The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) is a longitudinal survey of over 40,000 women in three cohorts who were aged 18-23, 45-50 and 70-75 when surveys began in 1996. In 2012/13 more than 10,000 young women aged 18-23 were recruited to form a new cohort. ALSWH assesses women’s physical and mental health, as well as psychosocial aspects of health (such as socio-demographic and lifestyle factors) and their use of health services. Since its inception ALSWH has provided invaluable data about the health of women across the lifespan, and informed federal and state government policies across a wide range of issues. The study is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and is scheduled to continue until at least 2016.

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To see the study outcomes and some of the major contributions the study has made see the following pages:

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SURVEY UPDATE: Survey 3 of the 1989-95 cohort, which is the Study’s youngest cohort, began in April.  Women in this cohort have been surveyed annually since 2013, and are now aged 20-26.  The seventh survey of the 1973-78 cohort also began in April.  Women in this cohort, who are now aged 37 to 42, have been surveyed every three years since 1996.

In March Professor Gita Mishra was invited to present findings from the Study to the UN Commission for the Status of Women in New York. 

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