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NEWS ARCHIVE

 

Congratulations to Megan (ID 400787377) for winning the 1989-95 cohort major prize: $1000.00 for her chosen charity White Ribbon Australia, and $1000.00 for her to spend!

November 2015


 “A new report by the World Health Organisation looking at ageing and health has used ALSWH data as part of its collation of current knowledge on ageing populations around the world. The report considers ageing from a life-course perspective, but focuses on the second half of life. For more information on the report click here

November 2015


The CAPHIA 2015 Team Award for excellence and innovation in public health research was awarded jointly to the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland for their work on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. The Award recognises the Study as an exceptional public health resource that provides an evidence base for government and other decision-makers within Australia for the development and evaluation of policy and practice in many areas of service delivery that affect women.  The project takes a comprehensive view of all aspects of health, including physical and mental health, as well as psychosocial aspects of health and health service use throughout women’s lifespan and has an international reputation for its multidisciplinary methodology.

September 2015


 

SURVEY UPDATE: Survey 3 of the 1989-95 cohort, which is the Study’s youngest cohort, began in April.  Women in this cohort have been surveyed annually since 2013, and are now aged 20-26.  The seventh survey of the 1973-78 cohort also began in April.  Women in this cohort, who are now aged 37 to 42, have been surveyed every three years since 1996.

April 2015


In March Professor Gita Mishra was invited to present findings from the Study to the UN Commission for the Status of Women in New York. 

March 2015


Dr Geeske Peeters' has been recognised for her work on the optimum time for action to help avert osteoarthritis. UQ researcher awarded for health work

MenoPro: A Mobile App for Women Bothered by Menopause Symptoms

If you have bothersome menopause symptoms, we encourage you to try this app which was recently relased by The North American Menopuase Society. You may also want to read the article “MenoPro: A Mobile App for Women Bothered by Menopause Symptoms"

November 2014


 breaknewsbutton      Media Release 1st October 2014

Young Australian women are fatter, fitter and more frazzled today than they were nearly 20 years ago, according to the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health researchers. The 17-year study, led by the University of Queensland’s Professor Gita Mishra and the University of Newcastle’s Professor Julie Byles, found that 70 per cent of women aged between 18 and 23 in 2010 met Australian guidelines for physical activity, compared with 59 per cent in 1996. Read the full media release HERE.

A brief summary of findings is available in our ‘Then and Now’ video. The full report is available on our website: Health and wellbeing of women aged 18 to 23 in 2013 and 1996: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

October 2014


 

ALSWH Major Report H coverMental health: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. The report uses data from 40,000 women born 1973-78, 1946-51 and 1921-26 to analyse factors associated with poor mental health, as well as specific areas such as perinatal mental health, interpersonal relationships and mental health, mental health service use, and the links between physical and mental health. View the full report here.

  


 Dr Jannique van Uffelen, a researcher at Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, used ALSWH data to explain the relationship between sitting-time, physical activity and depression in mid-aged women in a video podcast. For more information, please view the podcast here: http://www.scivee.tv/node/60419

September 2013


Adherence to health guidelines: Findings from the ALSWH report released

 

The study's major report for 2012, 'Adherence to health guidelines: Findings from the ALSWH' was launched by the Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, on 26th September.  The report compared women's lifestyles with national guidelines for good health behaviours and screening, and found that women are exercising less and most are not eating nearly enough vegetables.  The full report is available here.

September 2012


2011 Annual Report Released

 

The full report is available here.

 

June 2012


 1921-26 cohort 2nd Six-Monthly Follow-up Survey

 

The first six-monthly follow-up survey for women in the 1921-26 cohort was sent in November 2011. If you are in our 1921-26 cohort and have not received your survey or you have a query, please contact us on 1800 068 081.

Click here to go to the surveys page.

 May 2012


 6th survey for the 1973-78 cohort - online option commenced

The sixth survey for women in the 1973-78 cohort was made available online for completion online - for the first time in ALSWH history! If you are in our 1973-78 cohort and have not received an email with a link to the survey please contact us on 1800 068 081. For participants who do not have access to the online survey, or would prefer the paper survey, we will posting the usual paper survey out to participants who have not completed online in the next month. If you have any problems completing the survey online or you have a query, please call us on 1800 068 081.

   April 2012


1946-51cohort survey 6 databook released

 

The databook for the 6th survey of the 1946-51 cohort (aged 59-64) carried out in 2010 has been released.

Click here to view the full databook.

 

 January 2012


 1921-26 cohort 1st Six-Monthly Follow-up Survey

The first six-monthly follow-up survey for women in the 1921-26 cohort was sent in November 2011. If you are in our 1921-26 cohort and have not received your survey or you have a query, please contact us on 1800 068 081.

Click here to go to the surveys page.

November 2011


 New Report Released

 

Rural, remote and regional differences in women's health: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health

Click here to view the full report.

October 2011


2010 Annual Report Released

Click here to view the full report.

May 2011


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Renaming of Variables in the Surveys 1 and 2 for 1989-95 Cohort

April 2016

David Fitzgerald

Some variables in the first two waves of the 1989-95 cohort have been renamed to achieve consistency with the Data Dictionary and within all the 1989-95 surveys.  This was done in April 2016.  Some of the variable names in this cohort had become inconsistent with the Data Dictionary Index Numbers, which are the standard reference for variables, and also between the various waves of the surveys.

The variables in this cohort are different from the other cohorts’ variables in that they do not have paper questionnaire names, e.g., in the 1973-78 cohort y6q18 is the variable for the 18th question in the sixth wave of this (Young) cohort.   The 1989-95 cohort data have different variable names that are from the Data Dictionary Index Numbers. For example, the question ‘In general, would you say your health is …‘ has Index Number SF36-001 and the variable is named SF36001.   However, the first two surveys, as they were initially released, had some variables that ended up with names that were not from the Data Dictionary Index Numbers and therefore they have been renamed so they are consistent with the Data Dictionary.

Examples of inconsistent naming in Survey 1


Variable G1_HSRV201 changed to HSRV201

("Where do you get information about your health? Other")

ALCS032 changed to ALCS033    

("Have you ever drunk alcohol?")

The first example above removes the prefix ‘G1_’ because it has no meaning in the analysis data set and removing it matches the variable with the Data Dictionary Index Number.  The second example had a misleading name since the Data Dictionary Index Number was ALCS-033 but the variable was labelled ALCS032 - not a good name since the Data Dictionary Index number ALCS-032 is for another variable altogether.

After this variable name change all the questionnaire variables are now named the same as their Data Dictionary Index name.   This is not necessarily true for the derived variables, that is, those not on the questionnaire.  The derived variables have names that are designed for easy reference.  For example, the BMI variable is called ‘BMI’ on the data set, but its Index Number on the Data Dictionary is WTSH-088.

Amendment from the first version of this document


Note that the variables ending in ‘TEXT’ with a number, e.g. ‘TEXT2’ , have all had their final number removed.
In Survey 2 there were some renamed variables in the Composite Abuse Scale that were not included in an earlier version of this document. These were variables whose names both needed to be changed from and also variables were renamed to these names.  For example, CASC128 is the new name for what was called CASC119, furthermore, the variable that was called CASC128 is now changed to CASC140.These variables are now all in the lists below.

Survey 1 1989-95 cohort renamed variables

 

This table has all the variables that were renamed in Survey 1 of the 1989-95 cohort. 

Earlier Variable Name New Variable Name
ALCS032 ALCS033
CASC119 CASC128
CASC120 CASC129
CASC100 CASC132
CASC123 CASC133
CASC124 CASC134
CASC125 CASC135
CASC117 CASC136
CASC106 CASC137
CASC095 CASC138
CASC118 CASC139
CPRB305 CPRB181
CPRB304 CPRB230
DEMO06__NO DEMO062
DEMO06__A DEMO063
DEMO06__TSI DEMO064
G6_DEMO156 DEMO156
6_DEMO157 DEMO157
G6_DEMO158 DEMO158
G6_DEMO159 DEMO159
G6_DEMO160 DEMO160
G6_DEMO161 DEMO161
DEMO152 DEMO168
G6_DEMO162 DEMO169
G6_DEMO162_TEXT DEMO169_TEXT
EMPL087 EMPL093
EMPL088 EMPL094
G1_HSRV201 HSRV201
G1_HSRV202 HSRV202
G1_HSRV203 HSRV203
G1_HSRV203_TEXT2 HSRV203_TEXT
G1_HSRV204 HSRV204
G1_HSRV205 HSRV205
G1_HSRV206 HSRV206
G1_HSRV207 HSRV207
G1_HSRV208 HSRV208
G1_HSRV209 HSRV209
G1_HSRV210 HSRV210
G1_HSRV210_TEXT HSRV210_TEXT
G1_HSRV211 HSRV211
REPH217 HSRV217
LFEVPGSK LFEV283
LFEVUNSEX LFEV284
LFEVBULLY LFEV285
G2_MEDH375 MEDH375
G2_MEDH376 MEDH376
G2_MEDH377 MEDH377
G2_MEDH378 MEDH378
G2_MEDH379 MEDH379
G2_MEDH380 MEDH380
G2_MEDH381 MEDH381
G2_MEDH382 MEDH382
G2_MEDH383 MEDH383
G2_MEDH384 MEDH384
G2_MEDH385 MEDH385
G2_MEDH385_TEXT MEDH385_TEXT
G2_MEDH386 MEDH386
G2_MEDH386_TEXT2 MEDH386_TEXT
G2_MEDH388 MEDH466
G3_MEDH389 MEDH389
G3_MEDH390 MEDH390
3_MEDH391 MEDH391
G3_MEDH392 MEDH392
G3_MEDH393 MEDH393
G3_MEDH394 MEDH394
G3_MEDH395 MEDH395
G3_MEDH395_TEXT4 MEDH395_TEXT
G4_MEDH396 MEDH396
G4_MEDH397 MEDH397
G4_MEDH398 MEDH398
G4_MEDH388 MEDH388
G4_MEDH398_TEXT3 MEDH398_TEXT
G2_MEDH374 MEDH419
G2_MEDH387 MEDH420
G2_MEDH387_TEXT5 MEDH420_TEXT
G3_MEDH388 MEDH452
PWEL001 PWEL005
PWEL002 PWEL006
REPH215 REPH028
REPH218 REPH040
REPH220 REPH041
REPH226 REPH160
REPH234 REPH242
REPH236 REPH243
REPH228 REPH245
REPH230 REPH246
REPH232 REPH247
REPH216 REPH271
REPH219 REPH272
G5_REPH221 REPH273
G5_REPH222 REPH274
G5_REPH237 REPH275
G5_REPH238 REPH276
G5_REPH225 REPH277
G5_REPH225_TEXT REPH277_TEXT
G5_REPH226 REPH278
REPH225 REPH279
REPH227 REPH280
REPH229 REPH281
REPH231 REPH282
REPH235 REPH283
SMOK034 SMOK038
SMOK035 SMOK039
K10001 KTEN001
K10002 KTEN002
K10003 KTEN003
K10004 KTEN004
K10005 KTEN005
K10006 KTEN006
K10007 KTEN007
K10008 KTEN008
K10009 KTEN009
K10010 KTEN010
DEMO155_TEXT4 DEMO155_TEXT

 

Survey 2 1989-95 cohort renamed variables

 

This table has all the variables that were renamed in Survey 2 of the 1989-95 cohort.

Earlier Variable Name New Variable Name
CASC119 CASC128
CASC120 CASC129
CASC100 CASC132
CASC123 CASC133
CASC124 CASC134
CASC125 CASC135
CASC117 CASC136
CASC106 CASC137
CASC095 CASC138
CASC118 CASC139
   
CASC128 CASC140          Repeated
CASC129 CASC141          Repeated
CASC132 CASC142          Repeated
CASC133 CASC143          Repeated
CASC134 CASC144          Repeated
CASC135 CASC145          Repeated
   
CPRB305 CPRB181
CPRB304 CPRB230
DEMO06__NO DEMO062
DEMO06__A DEMO063
DEMO06__TSI DEMO064
G6_DEMO156 DEMO156
G6_DEMO157 DEMO157
G6_DEMO158 DEMO158
G6_DEMO159 DEMO159
G6_DEMO160 DEMO160
G6_DEMO161 DEMO161
G7_EATS032 EATS032
G7_EATS033 EATS033
G7_EATS034 EATS034
G7_EATS040 EATS040
G7_EATS064 EATS064
G7_EATS065 EATS065
EMPL087 EMPL093
EMPL088 EMPL094
G1_HSRV201 HSRV201
G1_HSRV202 HSRV202
G1_HSRV203 HSRV203
G1_HSRV204 HSRV204
G1_HSRV205 HSRV205
G1_HSRV206 HSRV206
G1_HSRV207 HSRV207
G1_HSRV208 HSRV208
G1_HSRV209 HSRV209
G1_HSRV211 HSRV211
G1_HSRV213 HSRV213
G1_HSRV214 HSRV214
REPH217 HSRV217
G2_MEDH375 MEDH375
G2_MEDH376 MEDH376
G2_MEDH377 MEDH377
G2_MEDH378 MEDH378
G2_MEDH379 MEDH379
G2_MEDH380 MEDH380
G2_MEDH381 MEDH381
G2_MEDH382 MEDH382
G2_MEDH383 MEDH383
G2_MEDH384 MEDH384
G2_MEDH386 MEDH386
G2_MEDH388 MEDH466
G4_MEDH388 MEDH388
G3_MEDH389 MEDH389
G3_MEDH390 MEDH390
G3_MEDH391 MEDH391
G3_MEDH392 MEDH392
G3_MEDH394 MEDH394
G4_MEDH396 MEDH396
G4_MEDH397 MEDH397
G4_MEDH398 MEDH398
G4_MEDH413 MEDH413
G4_MEDH414 MEDH414
G4_MEDH415 MEDH415
G4_MEDH416 MEDH416
G3_MEDH417 MEDH417
G3_MEDH418 MEDH418
G2_MEDH374 MEDH419
G3_MEDH388 MEDH452
G4_MEDH421 MEDH454
G4_MEDH419 MEDH455
G4_MEDH420 MEDH456
PWEL001 PWEL005
PWEL002 PWEL006
REPH215 REPH028
REPH216 REPH271
REPH219 REPH272
G5_REPH221 REPH273
G5_REPH222 REPH274
G5_REPH237 REPH275
G5_REPH238 REPH276
G5_REPH225 REPH277
G5_REPH226 REPH278
SMOK018 SMOK029
SMOK038 SMOK043
G2_MEDH386_TEXT2 MEDH386_TEXT
G4_MEDH398_TEXT MEDH398_TEXT
K10001 KTEN001
K10002 KTEN002
K10003 KTEN003
K10004 KTEN004
K10005 KTEN005
K10006 KTEN006
K10007 KTEN007
K10008 KTEN008
K10009 KTEN009
K10010 KTEN010
REPH244 REPH160

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