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 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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vines cropScientific Meeting

The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) inaugural Scientific Meeting will be held in Newcastle from 3rd - 6th May 2016.

Early bird registration is now open.

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motherandbabyPredicting postnatal depression

New research based on ALSWH data has found that women with a history of mental health problems are overwhelmingly more likely to suffer postnatal depression (PND) than other women. Read more here

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mid crop1973-78 cohort survey update

The seventh survey of the 1973-78 cohort is underway.

Women in this cohort, who are now aged 37 to 42, have been surveyed every three years since 1996.


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