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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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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Aspirations sub study

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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Mothers to provide data on children's health and development

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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