MatCH News

Read the 2018 update for MatCH families (emailed February 2019)



Read the July 2017 update for MatCH families. 

MatCH study newsletter July 2017









Read the 2019 update for MatCH families


MatCH Baseline Survey (2016)

Women from the ALSWH 1973-78 Cohort [ALSWH 1973-78 Cohort summary], who had children aged under 13 years, were asked to complete a survey (online or paper) about their three youngest children.

The baseline survey was conducted from August 2016 to May 2017. Survey measures included diet and physical activity, health-related quality of life, illness and disability, health service use, sleep, social and emotional development, and anthropometric measures. We had responses from 3,039 mothers, reporting on 5,780 children. Some early results have been reported in the MatCH Update and the Women's Health Australia 2017 Participant Newsletter. Published papers are also listed here. The survey will be repeated every two to three years (subject to funding).

Study materials for the baseline survey:

MatCH 2016 survey: MatchSurvey2016sample.pdf

MatCH Participant Information Sheet: MatCHParticipantInformation2016.pdf

MatCH Participant FAQ



Moss KM, Dobson AJ, Edwards KL, Hesketh KD, Chang Y-T, Mishra G. (2019).
Not all play equipment is created equal: associations between equipment at home and children's physical activity.
Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Tooth L, Moss K, Hockey R, Mishra GD (2019).
Adherence to screen time recommendations for Australian children aged 0–12 years.
Medical Journal of Australia

Mishra GD, Moss K, Loos C, Dobson AJ, Davies PS, Loxton D, Hesketh KD, Koupil I, Bower C, Sly P, Tooth L. (2018).
MatCH (Mothers and their Children’s Health) Profile: offspring of the 1973-78 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.  
Longitudinal and Life Course Studies

Adane AA, Dobson A, Tooth L, Mishra GD (2018).
Maternal preconception weight trajectories are associated with offsprings' childhood obesity.
International Journal of Obesity

Adane AA, Mishra GD, Tooth LR. (2018).
Maternal preconception weight trajectories, pregnancy complications and offspring's childhood physical and cognitive development.
Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

Adane AA, Tooth LR, Mishra GD. (2019).
The role of offspring's birthweight on the association between pre-pregnancy obesity and offspring's childhood anthropometrics: a mediation analysis.
Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

Moss KM, Loxton D, Dobson AJ, Slaughter V, Mishra GD. (2019).
Testing competing mediators of the association between pre-conception maternal depression and child health-related quality of life: the MatCH study.
Archives of Women's Mental Health

Help and support

  • 24-hour parenting hotline numbers in each state can be found at: Raising Children Network.
  • Your General Practitioner can also advise you about the best person to talk to.
  • If you are feeling distressed right now, you can always talk to someone at: Lifeline or 13 11 14 (local call).
  • MatCH/ALSWH participant information line: 1800 068 081 (free call) or email


How long will I be in the research study?

Can my children still be part of the MatCH study even if I say "no" to researchers using their NAPLAN results or other databases?

Are there any potential risks or discomforts that I can expect from this study?

What about privacy?

Are there any potential benefits if I participate?

Will I receive any payment if I participate in this study?

Why include only my three youngest children?

Why include only children under thirteen?

I live overseas, can I still participate?

Some questions don’t seem relevant to me

If I choose to be in this study...

Didn't receive a tape measure?

If you have any concerns about this project and would prefer to discuss these with an independent person, feel free to contact the University of Newcastle’s Human Research Ethics Officer (02) 4921 6333 or write to them at the University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW, 2308 (Approval number H-2014-0246). You could also contact the University of Queensland’s Human Research Ethics Officer on (07) 3365 3924 or write to them at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, 4072 (Approval number 2014001213).