The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (also known as Women's Health Australia) is a longitudinal survey of over 58,000 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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Media Release: Having babies doesn't make you fat

21 May 2018

Researchers from the University of Canberra found that in the long-term, having babies doesn't contribute to weight gain. 

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Media Release: Healthy habits during pregnancy not enough

17 April 2018

Professor Gita Mishra led the Australian contribution to an overview of international research on preconception health, published in The Lancet, which found changing diet and lifestyle during pregnancy is too little and too late to reduce the risk of major complications. 

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2017 Participant Newsletter

28 March 2018

Find out how our participant's data has contributed to women's health research and policy development. 

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