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.

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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


ALSWH 20th birthday

 Australia’s foremost study on women’s health is marking 20 years of research with its inaugural Scientific Meeting to be held in Newcastle from 4-5 May.

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1946-51 cohort survey open

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

To complete the survey click here 



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