News And Events


1989-95 Cohort Pilot Prize Winners!

The winners of the Survey 5 Pilot prize are: KELLY (490971239) and ELIZA (490479677).


1989-95 Cohort Major Prize Winner!

The winner of the Survey 4 Major prize is: STEPHANIE (400292253).


Aspirations substudy: Work, family, relationships, education?

6 October 2016

Some women in the ALSWH 1973-78 and 1989-95 Cohorts will shortly be asked to take part in interviews to know more about your aspirations. For women aged 38-43 years now, we want to know what you had aspired to in earlier years, how your life compares and all that happened along the way, and your plans for the future. For women aged 21-27 years now, we want to know where you see yourselves in 10-15 years, and what is the most important thing for you to achieve.

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Media Release: Staying social wards off depression when older women stop driving

21 September 2016

Research from ALSWH shows that for older women, maintaining social contacts and participating in social activities can help buffer the negative mental effects that occur when they stop driving.

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 Mothers to provide data on children's health and development

Media Release: Australia’s longest-running women’s health study to add children’s data

22 August 2016

The Mothers and their Children’s Health Study (MatCH) will link 20 years of data on Australian women’s physical and emotional health and socio-demographic factors with outcomes for their children. The study will ask about a range of important factors including children’s diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, milestones, and use of childcare. It will provide an unparalleled insight into child health and development and provide a substantial basis for policy makers to develop strategies and services to improve outcomes.

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Media Release: Hysterectomy with ovary conservation doubles odds of hot flushes, night sweats

2 August 2016

In the first longitudinal study to explore long-term patterns of hot flushes, researchers from the ALSWH showed that hysterectomy with ovary conservation doubles the odds of a woman enduring symptoms for up to a decade.

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Media Release: Pregnancy Complications and BMI

28 July 2016

A new study using ALSWH data has shown that BMI prior to conception could have a significant impact on pregnancy complications including gestational diabetes and hypertension.

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New data – Survey 3 1989-95 cohort

Data are now available from the third survey of ALSWH’s 1989-95 cohort, with variables including smoking, BMI, alcohol, partner abuse, exercise, and physical, mental and sexual health conditions. For the first time, women in this cohort were asked about adverse childhood experiences. Find out more

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Disordered eating

28 June 2016

Up to one-third of young Australian women have reported episodes of binge or overeating, with socially disadvantaged women at greater than average risk.

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Media Release: Pregnancy Complications and BMI

A new study using ALSWH data has shown that BMI prior to conception could have a significant impact on pregnancy complications including gestational diabetes and hypertension.

Read the full release here.


1989-95 Cohort FitBit Winners!

The winners of The 1989-95 Cohort Survey 4 FitBit prizes have been chosen. They are: ALISHA (400-81501-3), ANTONIA (400-68674-1), CAITLIN (400-99624-3), CASSANDRA (400-81299-2), CHELSEA (400-05197-4), CHLOE (400-36363-4), CHRISTINA (400-92206-0), DANIELLE (400-97280-1), ELISABETH (400-88809-2), EUGENIE (400-65193-8), EVANGELINE (400-34689-2), GABRIELLE (400-85887-3), GEORGIA (400-98727-0), GRACE (400-07427-5), HANNAH (400-92810-1), HANNAH (400-31903-5), HANNAH (400-18845-4), HAYLEY (400-78406-6), HEATHER (400-98744-6), JAYDE (400-71183-5), JESSICA (400-15472-0), JESSICA (400-82785-4), KARA (400-90483-4), KRISTEN (400-87098-2), LAURA (400-98568-2), LAURA (400-16455-5), LAURA (400-97464-1), LAUREN (400-09782-9), LAUREN (400-84614-5), LINDSAY (400-12711-5), MARISSA (400-80037-7), MEGAN (400-13497-0), MELISSA (400-54268-4), MONICA (400-30415-9), NAOMI (400-12344-6), NELLIE (400-08096-3), OLIVIA (400-93135-0), ROSE (400-91163-7), STEPHANIE (400-78831-7), XATYSE (400-55556-6) - Congratulations all!!

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ALSWH at the UN

Professor Gita Mishra has presented ALSWH data on intimate partner violence at UN Headquarters in New York.

Our study director attended the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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Breast feeding study

Research using ALSWH data has shown a woman's educatiton level and the number of children she has affects her likelihood of breast feeding.

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Stroke survival

New research based on ALSWH data has challenged assumptions on how long women will live after stroke, even with significant physical impairment.

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Frailty and income stress

Income stress in later life has been linked to frailty in Australian women, a complex condition which can lead to falls, institutionalization, disability and death.

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Binge drinking risk

Sixteen per cent of young Australian women have been classified as “extremely frequent” binge drinkers and may be increasing their risk of depression according to research based on ALSWH data. Read more here


Predicting postnatal depression

New research based on ALSWH data has found that women with a history of mental health problems are overwhelmingly more likely to suffer postnatal depression (PND) than other women. Read more here

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1973-78 cohort survey update

The seventh survey of the 1973-78 cohort is underway.

Women in this cohort, who are now aged 37 to 42, have been surveyed every three years since 1996.