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. A new cohort of at least 10,000 young women aged 18-23 will be recruited in 2012 and 2013. 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 Ageing and is scheduled to continue until at least 2016.
NEWS AND EVENTS
The study's major report for 2012, 'Adherence to health guidelines: Findings from the ALSWH' was launched by the Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, on 26th September.