The Mothers and their Children's Health study

MatCH Study

- understanding disparities in health and health service utilisation among Australian families


MatCH is a substudy of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, (also known as Women's Health Australia), and is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council from 2014 to 2018.

The MatCH study takes a family-centred approach to advance understanding of child health and development in terms of the children in a family unit, by investigating factors with regard to:

  1. the history of maternal and family characteristics and
  2. their effects on the health and development of the children in the family.

The study combines detailed data from the 1973-78 ALSWH Cohort with new survey data on their children to paint a picture of family health and health service use that is unparalleled, supporting a more integrated and targeted approach to the delivery of preventative and primary health care for all Australian families. 

The study also plans to include linked data from NAPLAN (the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy), AEDC (the Australian Early Development Census) and AIR (the Australian Immunisation Register).


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