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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2014 1989-95 Cohort Winner! The winner of the final prize draw for particpants in the second survey of women in the 1989-95 cohort is Jayde, ID 400-88906-8.

Dr Geeske Peeters' has been recognised for her work on the optimum time for action to help avert osteoarthritis. UQ researcher awarded for health work

MenoPro: A Mobile App for Women Bothered by Menopause Symptoms

If you have bothersome menopause symptoms, we encourage you to try this app which was recently relased by The North American Menopuase Society. You may also want to read the article “MenoPro: A Mobile App for Women Bothered by Menopause Symptoms"

 breaknewsbutton      Media Release 1st October 2014

Young Australian women are fatter, fitter and more frazzled today than they were nearly 20 years ago, according to the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health researchers. The 17-year study, led by the University of Queensland’s Professor Gita Mishra and the University of Newcastle’s Professor Julie Byles, found that 70 per cent of women aged between 18 and 23 in 2010 met Australian guidelines for physical activity, compared with 59 per cent in 1996. Read the full media release HERE.

A brief summary of findings is available in our ‘Then and Now’ video. The full report is available on our website: Health and wellbeing of women aged 18 to 23 in 2013 and 1996: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

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