News And Events


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.


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.

Read the full release here.


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.

Read more here


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.

Read more here

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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.

Read more here

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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.

Read more here

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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.