The following submissions are publicly available. Submissions made prior to 2018 have not been listed.
Senate Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia
The study’s submission to the inquiry takes a longitudinal approach to provide insight into the prevalence, determinants, and consequences of sleep difficulties in Australian women. The data shows that sleep difficulties are often persistent and with significant consequences for women’s wellbeing. They are associated with poor mental health, disease, falls, and accidents. Women’s life stage plays a large part in sleep health and women report issues during pregnancy and motherhood, the menopause transition and old age.
Senate Inquiry on the Future of Stillbirth Research and Education in Australia
The study’s submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Future of Stillbirth Research and Education in Australia highlighted the availability of the study’s longitudinal data on stillbirth, the current issues in accessing timely and consistent administrative datasets from the different states, and the study’s role in communicating the results of its research into stillbirth.
Senate Inquiry into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia
For over 20 years, the study has tracked rising prevalence of overweight and obesity in Australian women and the adverse consequences to their health. Study data shows that despite an awareness of public health messages, Australian women are not meeting guidelines for exercise and nutrition and their weight loss attempts are largely unsuccessful. The study’s submission discusses the causes of obesity in Australian women and the impact of mothers’ pre-conception health on childhood obesity. It also highlights concerns about women’s understanding of public health messages and the need for support to make lifestyle changes.