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 and is scheduled to continue until at least 2017.

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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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Media Release: Older women taking statins face higher risk of diabetes

15 March 2017

Research from the 1921-26 cohort found that women over 75 faced a 33 per cent higher chance of developing diabetes if they were taking statins. The risk increased to 51% for those on high doses. Clinicians are urged to be aware of the risks when prescribing and carefully monitor elderly female patients.

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Media Release: Early periods associated with risk of gestational diabetes

6 March 2017

Girls who have their first period before age 11 are 50% more likely to develop gestational diabetes according to research from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

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