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

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Congratulations to Megan (ID 400787377) for winning the 1989-95 cohort major prize: $1000.00 for her chosen charity White Ribbon Australia, and $1000.00 for her to spend!


“A new report by the World Health Organisation looking at ageing and health has used ALSWH data as part of its collation of current knowledge on ageing populations around the world. The report considers ageing from a life-course perspective, but focuses on the second half of life. For more information on the report click here


The CAPHIA 2015 Team Award for excellence and innovation in public health research was awarded jointly to the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland for their work on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

CAPHIA Award 2015

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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.

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