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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2017 Major Report

Use, access to, and impact of Medicare services for Australian women: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

The report adopts a life course approach to investigate how factors impacting changes in women’s health and health service use change across life stages.

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Media Release: Workforce participation after breast cancer: Implications and opportunities for occupational therapy service delivery

Women hoping to return to work after treatment for breast cancer face obstacles that occupational therapy can help overcome, delegates to Occupational Therapy Australia’s (OTA) 27th National Conference and Exhibition have been told.

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1989-95 Cohort Survey: 48 Hour Prize Winners

Thank you to all the ladies who completed their surveys in the first 48 hours. The prize draw winners have been announced. If you haven't completed your survey yet there is still a chance to go into the major prize draw. 

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Media Release: Bullying takes toll on young women’s health

15 June 2017

Almost one in five 18-23 year old women was bullied recently and more than half had been bullied in the past, resulting in serious physical and mental health issues according to research from Women's Health Australia.

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Media Release: Domestic violence impact lasts a lifetime

13 June 2017

Women who experience intimate partner violence have significant, long-term physical and mental health problems according to researchers who tracked three generations of women for 16 years.

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Media Release: Abused caregivers have double chance of poor health

22 May 2017

Nearly one in 20 women who become caregivers after experiencing intimate partner violence face a double-whammy hit to their health.

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Media Release: Young women’s gradual weight gain raises pregnancy blood pressure danger

16 May 2017

Researchers are challenging women to start thinking about pre-pregnancy health sooner, with the finding that years of gradual weight gain more than doubles the risk of blood pressure disorders in pregnancy.

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Media Release: Even ‘healthy’ weight gain raises pregnancy diabetes risk

5 May 2017

Mothers who gain weight in the years leading up to pregnancy have an increased risk of gestational diabetes, even if their weight remains within the healthy body mass index (BMI) range.

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2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report highlights the research and activities carried out as the study celebrated its 20th year furthering women's health research, policy and practice. The report provides an overview of study collaborators and also provides abstracts of all research published using study data in 2016. 

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