The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (also known as Women's Health Australia) is a longitudinal survey of over 57,000 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.

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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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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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