ALSWH theme


Use of and Satisfaction With Health Care Services

Includes availability of, access to and utilisation of health services, cultural appropriateness and women’s perceptions of the quality of care provided. Since 2012, the ALSWH has been able to link survey data with external administrative datasets including Cancer Registries, Admitted Patient Hospital Collections, Perinatal datasets and Aged Care datasets. This has expanded the research in this area and also provided opportunities to validate self-reported health service use.

Life Stages and Key Events

Identifies factors that help women to maintain the highest level of health and quality of life following key events such as birth of first child, divorce, menopause, widowhood, major illness, moving house, changing job, falls and fractures in the elderly, dementia and bereavement.

 With each new wave of data collected on the cohorts, the ALSWH has increasing opportunities to measure transitions and trajectories, for example, reproductive health across the lifespan, trajectories of ageing and functional decline, and the development and progression of chronic disease/s. The addition of the cohort born 1989-95 (those aged 18-23 years in 2012/13) has further enabled the ALSWH to examine how key stages and life events experienced by young women in 2012/13 differ from those reported by women of the same age in 1996. Collection of a wide range of socio-economic factors such as income, occupation, postcode and education also allows the investigation of social determinants of these life stages and key events.

Time Use

Provides an indicator of women’s roles and transitions in paid and unpaid work and providing care for others. There are questions about social support, overload, independence, leisure, feeling rushed, aspirations and financial resources.

Weight and Exercise

Includes the impact of weight and exercise, dieting and eating disorders on health and health service use outcomes, including the development of chronic disease. Questions include items about perceptions of body image, as well as general well being and quality of life, dieting and weight change.


Explores issues surrounding women’s experiences of physical and sexual abuse harassment, as well as issues of psychological and social abuse of older women.