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Media Release: Researching women's doctor's visits could boost health budgets

8 September 2020

Researchers from the University of Queensland Health Economics Program are investigating why some women visit the doctor more than others with similar conditions. 

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Media Release: Recognising the hazardous effects of ‘pre-loading’ with alcohol

14 August 2020

Researchers at the University of Newcastle found that pre-loading may pose an additional risk of harm to young women, particularly those who frequently binge drink, and may benefit from being considered as an additional risk behaviour when defining healthy alcohol intake.

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Vegies are best for baby's first solids 

3 July 2020

Researchers at the University of Queensland found that children aged 2-12 years who were given fruit or vegetables instead of cereal as their first semi-solid food in infancy ate fruit and vegetables more frequently in childhood, and ate a wider variety of vegetables.

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Media Release: Hot flushes and night sweats linked to 70% increase in cardiovascular risk

2 July 2020

School of Public Health PhD student Dr Dongshan Zhu has found women of any age who experience hot flushes and night sweats, also known as vasomotor symptoms or VMS, are more likely to experience heart attacks, angina, and stroke. 

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ALSWH COVID-19 Survey Report 3: Survey 3, 27 May 2020

The third report from a series of surveys on women's experiences of COVID-19 is now online. The third survey in the series focuses on women's living arrangements during lockdown and continues to monitor women's health and general wellbeing. 

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ALSWH COVID-19 Survey Report 2: Survey 2, 13 May 2020

This is the second report from a series of fortnightly online surveys ascertaining women’s experiences with COVID-19 testing, their overall wellbeing, and the changes occurring for them during the pandemic. This report also investigates women's involvement in paid work and homeschooling.

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Media Release: Maternal depression: seeking help sooner is better for mums and kids

15 June 2020

The children of mothers with long-term depression have been found to be at higher risk than others of behavioural problems and poor development.

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Media Release: High-risk mothers missing out on mental health checks

11 June 2020

Analysing data from more than 7,500 women in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, researchers mapped mental health screening rates between 2000 and 2017, and compared these figures to policy initiatives and clinical practice guidelines.

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Media Release: 'Breast is best' push out of touch

4 June 2020

Using data from the Mothers and their Children's Health (MatCH) substudy, researchers have discovered why only 34 per cent of mothers exclusively breastfeed to six months, despite the global push to increase rates to 50 per cent.

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ALSWH COVID-19 Survey Report 1: Survey 1, 29 April 2020

This is the first report from a series of fortnightly online surveys ascertaining women’s experiences with COVID-19 testing, their overall wellbeing, and the changes occurring for them during the pandemic.

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Media Release: Traditional vegetable diet lowers the risk of premature birth

14 April 2020

High consumption of carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, cabbage, green beans and potatoes before conception helped women reach full-term pregnancy.

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Premature menopause increases risk of chronic health issues

20 January 2020

Women who experience premature menopause are significantly more likely to develop multiple chronic conditions.

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What is perimenopause and how does it affect women's health in midlife?

18 October 2019

All women know to expect the time in life when their periods finish and they reach menopause. Many might even look forward to it. What many women don't know, however, is they will also experience symptoms in the time leading up to menopause. Read the full article in The Conversation

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Media Release: Play equipment that gets kids moving

17 September 2019

Parents will be pleased to know that more is not always better when it comes to play equipment for their children.

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Media Release: Screen time no child’s play

24 July 2019

Experts are urging parents to brush up on national guidelines following a rapid rise in screen time on electronic devices for children under two. 

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2019 Major Report

Policy Briefs from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
June 2019

The 2019 major report was developed to align with the National Women's Health Strategy. The report is comprised of a series of policy briefs which are available as both a complete report and as individual briefs on the following topics: Mental HealthViolence and AbuseSexual HealthReproductive HealthPregnancy and Maternal HealthWeight and Weight GainNutritionPhysical Activity and Sedentary BehaviourChronic ConditionsHousing and Care of Older Women.


Caring for grandchildren: a joy or a burden?

15 October 2018

Grandmothers deserve more recognition for their role as caregivers and some are at risk of being overburdened, according to a major report on caring published today by the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. 

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Webinar: From child care to elder care: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health

18 October 2018
12 pm AEST / 1pm AEDT

Join Associate Professor Leigh Tooth as she unpacks findings from the study's latest major report, prepared for the Department of Health. 

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Media Release: Having babies doesn't' make you fat

21 May 2018

Researchers from the University of Canberra found that in the long-term, having babies doesn't contribute to weight gain. 

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Media Release: Healthy habits during pregnancy not enough

17 April 2018

Professor Gita Mishra led the Australian contribution to an overview of international research on preconception health, published in The Lancet, which found changing diet and lifestyle during pregnancy is too little and too late to reduce the risk of major complications. 

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2017 Participant Newsletter

28 March 2018

Find out how our participant's data has contributed to women's health research and policy development. 

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1989-95 Cohort Survey: 48 Hour Prize Winners

Thank you to all the ladies who completed their surveys in the first 48 hours. The prize draw winners have been announced. If you haven't completed your survey yet there is still a chance to go into the major prize draw. 

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It's My Time: Participant stories of self-care

4 September 2017

This Women's Health Week we're being asked to make our health a priority. This collection of inspiring participant stories highlights the positive change that begins when we prioritise our own health.

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2017 Major Report

Use, access to, and impact of Medicare services for Australian women: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

The report adopts a life course approach to investigate how factors impacting changes in women’s health and health service use change across life stages.

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Media Release: Workforce participation after breast cancer: Implications and opportunities for occupational therapy service delivery

19 July 2017

Women hoping to return to work after treatment for breast cancer face obstacles that occupational therapy can help overcome, delegates to Occupational Therapy Australia’s (OTA) 27th National Conference and Exhibition have been told.

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1989-95 Cohort Survey: 48 Hour Prize Winners

Thank you to all the ladies who completed their surveys in the first 48 hours. The prize draw winners have been announced. If you haven't completed your survey yet there is still a chance to go into the major prize draw. 

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Media Release: Bullying takes toll on young women’s health

15 June 2017

Almost one in five 18-23 year old women was bullied recently and more than half had been bullied in the past, resulting in serious physical and mental health issues according to research from Women's Health Australia.

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Media Release: Domestic violence impact lasts a lifetime

13 June 2017

Women who experience intimate partner violence have significant, long-term physical and mental health problems according to researchers who tracked three generations of women for 16 years.

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Media Release: Abused caregivers have double chance of poor health

22 May 2017

Nearly one in 20 women who become caregivers after experiencing intimate partner violence face a double-whammy hit to their health.

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Media Release: Even ‘healthy’ weight gain raises pregnancy diabetes risk

5 May 2017

Mothers who gain weight in the years leading up to pregnancy have an increased risk of gestational diabetes, even if their weight remains within the healthy body mass index (BMI) range.

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2016 Annual Report

April 2017

The 2016 Annual Report highlights the research and activities carried out as the study celebrated its 20th year furthering women's health research, policy and practice. The report provides an overview of study collaborators and also provides abstracts of all research published using study data in 2016. 

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Media Release: Older women taking statins face higher risk of diabetes

15 March 2017

Research from the 1921-26 cohort found that women over 75 faced a 33 per cent higher chance of developing diabetes if they were taking statins. The risk increased to 51% for those on high doses. Clinicians are urged to be aware of the risks when prescribing and carefully monitor elderly female patients.

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Media Release: Early periods associated with risk of gestational diabetes

6 March 2017

Girls who have their first period before age 11 are 50% more likely to develop gestational diabetes according to research from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

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Participant Newsletter Now Online

20 February 2017

The 2016 participant newsletter is online and mobile friendly! The 20th anniversary edition looks at how young women's health has changed over the last 20 years, links between binge drinking and depression, how our participants comments inspire researchers and much more.

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Data Release - Survey 7, 1973-78 Cohort

Data from the 7th Survey of the 1973-78 (Young) cohort is now available for analysis. The Child Data Set is not yet available however new data is available on:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Use of stairs on a usual day
  • Pain in various parts of the body

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2016 Major Report Released – Future Health Service Use and Cost

1 November 2016

The 2016 Major report, Future health service use and cost: Insights from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health is now available online.

The report aims to identify trends in women’s health status and predict health service burden to 2035. It assess the major contributors to the burden of disease in Australian women: obesity, smoking, mental health problems, and dementia. Findings from the report are relevant for policy makers, industry associations and advocacy groups supporting women's health policy and practice.

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1989-95 Cohort Pilot Prize Winners!

The winners of the Survey 5 Pilot prize are: KELLY (490971239) and ELIZA (490479677).


1989-95 Cohort Major Prize Winner!

The winner of the Survey 4 Major prize is: STEPHANIE (400292253).


Aspirations substudy: Work, family, relationships, education?

6 October 2016

Some women in the ALSWH 1973-78 and 1989-95 Cohorts will shortly be asked to take part in interviews to know more about your aspirations. For women aged 38-43 years now, we want to know what you had aspired to in earlier years, how your life compares and all that happened along the way, and your plans for the future. For women aged 21-27 years now, we want to know where you see yourselves in 10-15 years, and what is the most important thing for you to achieve.

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Media Release: Staying social wards off depression when older women stop driving

21 September 2016

Research from ALSWH shows that for older women, maintaining social contacts and participating in social activities can help buffer the negative mental effects that occur when they stop driving.

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Media Release: Australia’s longest-running women’s health study to add children’s data

22 August 2016

The Mothers and their Children’s Health Study (MatCH) will link 20 years of data on Australian women’s physical and emotional health and socio-demographic factors with outcomes for their children. The study will ask about a range of important factors including children’s diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, milestones, and use of childcare. It will provide an unparalleled insight into child health and development and provide a substantial basis for policy makers to develop strategies and services to improve outcomes.

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Media Release: Hysterectomy with ovary conservation doubles odds of hot flushes, night sweats

2 August 2016

In the first longitudinal study to explore long-term patterns of hot flushes, researchers from the ALSWH showed that hysterectomy with ovary conservation doubles the odds of a woman enduring symptoms for up to a decade.

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Media Release: Pregnancy Complications and BMI

28 July 2016

A new study using ALSWH data has shown that BMI prior to conception could have a significant impact on pregnancy complications including gestational diabetes and hypertension.

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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

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Disordered eating

28 June 2016

Up to one-third of young Australian women have reported episodes of binge or overeating, with socially disadvantaged women at greater than average risk.

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Media Release: Pregnancy Complications and BMI

A new study using ALSWH data has shown that BMI prior to conception could have a significant impact on pregnancy complications including gestational diabetes and hypertension.

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1989-95 Cohort FitBit Winners!

The winners of The 1989-95 Cohort Survey 4 FitBit prizes have been chosen. They are: ALISHA (400-81501-3), ANTONIA (400-68674-1), CAITLIN (400-99624-3), CASSANDRA (400-81299-2), CHELSEA (400-05197-4), CHLOE (400-36363-4), CHRISTINA (400-92206-0), DANIELLE (400-97280-1), ELISABETH (400-88809-2), EUGENIE (400-65193-8), EVANGELINE (400-34689-2), GABRIELLE (400-85887-3), GEORGIA (400-98727-0), GRACE (400-07427-5), HANNAH (400-92810-1), HANNAH (400-31903-5), HANNAH (400-18845-4), HAYLEY (400-78406-6), HEATHER (400-98744-6), JAYDE (400-71183-5), JESSICA (400-15472-0), JESSICA (400-82785-4), KARA (400-90483-4), KRISTEN (400-87098-2), LAURA (400-98568-2), LAURA (400-16455-5), LAURA (400-97464-1), LAUREN (400-09782-9), LAUREN (400-84614-5), LINDSAY (400-12711-5), MARISSA (400-80037-7), MEGAN (400-13497-0), MELISSA (400-54268-4), MONICA (400-30415-9), NAOMI (400-12344-6), NELLIE (400-08096-3), OLIVIA (400-93135-0), ROSE (400-91163-7), STEPHANIE (400-78831-7), XATYSE (400-55556-6) - Congratulations all!!

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ALSWH at the UN

Professor Gita Mishra has presented ALSWH data on intimate partner violence at UN Headquarters in New York.

Our study director attended the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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Breast feeding study

Research using ALSWH data has shown a woman's educatiton level and the number of children she has affects her likelihood of breast feeding.

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Stroke survival

New research based on ALSWH data has challenged assumptions on how long women will live after stroke, even with significant physical impairment.

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Frailty and income stress

Income stress in later life has been linked to frailty in Australian women, a complex condition which can lead to falls, institutionalization, disability and death.

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Binge drinking risk

Sixteen per cent of young Australian women have been classified as “extremely frequent” binge drinkers and may be increasing their risk of depression according to research based on ALSWH data. Read more here


Predicting postnatal depression

New research based on ALSWH data has found that women with a history of mental health problems are overwhelmingly more likely to suffer postnatal depression (PND) than other women. Read more here

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1973-78 cohort survey update

The seventh survey of the 1973-78 cohort is underway.

Women in this cohort, who are now aged 37 to 42, have been surveyed every three years since 1996.