about alswh


The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) is a longitudinal population-based survey examining the health of over 57,000 Australian women. ALSWH explores factors that influence health among women who are broadly representative of the entire Australian population and is the largest project of its kind ever conducted in Australia. ALSWH also includes linked health records. The project takes a comprehensive view of all aspects of health (not just reproductive and sexual health) throughout women's lifespan and has an international reputation for its multidisciplinary methodology.

The project assesses:

  • Physical and emotional health (including well-being, major diagnoses, symptoms)

  • Use of health services (GP, specialist and other visits, access, satisfaction)

  • Health behaviours and risk factors (diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol, other drugs)

  • Time use (including paid and unpaid work, family roles and leisure)

  • Socio-demographic factors (location, education, employment, family composition)

  • Life stages and key events (such as childbirth, divorce, widowhood)

ALSWH is a national research resource providing an evidence base to the government and other decision-making bodies within Australia for the development and evaluation of policy and practice in many areas of service delivery that affect women. The project also increases the growing bank of national and international knowledge about women’s health through collaborative research with national and international research teams.

The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and is a collaborative project conducted by staff and investigators at The University of Newcastle and The University of Queensland.