Disseminating and Promoting your Results


All publications (including those using data from external datasets linked with ALSWH data) must include the following acknowledgement:"The research on which this (paper, book, monograph, abstract or report) is based was conducted as part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health by the University of Queensland and the University of Newcastle. We are grateful to the Australian Government Department of Health for funding and to the women who provided the survey data".

Press Releases

Press releases must state that the survey/linked data came from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (also known as Women's Health Australia) and that the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health is funded by the Department of Health.

If linked data were used it must be acknowledged that the linkages were done by the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (also known as Women's Health Australia).

Publishing Linked Data
Please refer to the Requirements for Publishing Linked Data section on the Linked Data page.

Food Frequency Questionnaire
When using the full FFQ or nutrients derived from FFQ (from any survey) Professor Graham Giles should be contacted Graham.Giles@cancervic.org.au and offered the opportunity (or his representative from Cancer Council Victoria) to collaborate in any publications.

Where the food frequency questionnaire has been used, Cancer Council Victoria must be acknowledged with the statement "The authors thank Professor Graham Giles of the Cancer Epidemiology Centre of Cancer Council Victoria, for permission to use the Dietary Questionnaire for Epidemiological Studies (Version 2), Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria, 1996." Furthermore, all parties are to notify each other before presenting any DQES data at a conference, seminar or other forum, and, where appropriate, must provide copies of the presentation, papers etc. to the Director of the Cancer Epidemiology Centre.

Additional funding agencies should also be acknowledged if this is applicable.The acknowledgement may refer to any other persons who have provided comments, advice, support or other input into the paper, who are not already listed as authors. Permission should be sought from these persons before including their names.


Plain language research summaries

Plain language summaries (or lay summaries) are short accounts of research that are written for members of the general public (and researchers from other fields of study). They explain research to the non-expert. Plain language summaries provide a bigger picture context for the research, and show why it is important. They are useful in supporting wider public engagement with research and are particularly important for research in medicine and health.

Plain language summaries support the dissemination of research to patients, participants, other scientists, health professionals and policy makers. They are written so the intended audience can read, understand and act upon the first time they read it.

Below is a link to a suggested plain language summary template, developed by York University, which may be useful as a tool for breaking down your research findings into a succinct, easy-to-understand document that can be disseminated to a broad audience.

Plain language summary template


Requests from journals for information about participant involvement

Before every pilot and every mail survey all of the participant comments from previous surveys are reviewed. The pilot surveys include an evaluation survey, as well as open ended responses which are taken into consideration when formulating the main survey. Thus participants have the opportunity to comment at every survey and in that sense are heavily involved in survey development. Additionally, the ALSWH provides participants with a free call 1800 telephone number, email and social media channels for interaction with the research team. All concerning comments made in surveys by participants are followed up with a personal phone call from the research team.