The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) is a longitudinal survey of over 58,000 women in three cohorts who were aged 18-23, 45-50 and 70-75 when surveys began in 1996. In 2012/13 more than 17,000 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 2017.

Find out more

Aspirations sub study

Aspirations substudy: Work, family, relationships, education?

6 October 2016

Some women in the ALSWH 1973-78 and 1989-95 Cohorts will shortly be asked to take part in interviews to know more about your aspirations. For women aged 38-43 years now, we want to know what you had aspired to in earlier years, how your life compares and all that happened along the way, and your plans for the future. For women aged 21-27 years now, we want to know where you see yourselves in 10-15 years, and what is the most important thing for you to achieve.

old lady bus-UQ-OMC-alswh-thumb

Media Release: Staying social wards off depression when older women stop driving

21 September 2016

Research from ALSWH shows that for older women, maintaining social contacts and participating in social activities can help buffer the negative mental effects that occur when they stop driving.

Read more

Mothers to provide data on children's health and development

Media Release: Australia’s longest-running women’s health study to add children’s data

22 August 2016

The Mothers and their Children’s Health Study (MatCH) will link 20 years of data on Australian women’s physical and emotional health and socio-demographic factors with outcomes for their children. The study will ask about a range of important factors including children’s diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, milestones, and use of childcare. It will provide an unparalleled insight into child health and development and provide a substantial basis for policy makers to develop strategies and services to improve outcomes.

Read more


Media Release: Hysterectomy with ovary conservation doubles odds of hot flushes, night sweats

2 August 2016

In the first longitudinal study to explore long-term patterns of hot flushes, researchers from the ALSWH showed that hysterectomy with ovary conservation doubles the odds of a woman enduring symptoms for up to a decade.

Read more here

MBS BMIpregnancy ALSWH news crop

Media Release: Pregnancy Complications and BMI

28 July 2016

A new study using ALSWH data has shown that BMI prior to conception could have a significant impact on pregnancy complications including gestational diabetes and hypertension.

Read more

New data – Survey 3 1989-95 cohort

Data are now available from the third survey of ALSWH’s 1989-95 cohort, with variables including smoking, BMI, alcohol, partner abuse, exercise, and physical, mental and sexual health conditions. For the first time, women in this cohort were asked about adverse childhood experiences. Find out more

1946-51 cohort survey open

The eighth survey for women in our 1946-51 cohort is now open.

To complete the survey click here 


More news

This website is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.  The views expressed on this website do not necessarily represent the position of the Australian Government.