Published Papers - Abstract 890

Loxton D, Tooth L, Harris M, Forder P, Dobson A, Powers J, Brown W, Byles & Mishra G. Cohort Profile: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) 1989-95 cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2018; 47(2): 391-392e

In 2010, the lack of contemporary health information about women in early adulthood led the Australian Government Department of Health to provide funding for the establishment of a cohort of women who would be aged 18–23 years in 2012–13. This would be the fourth cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH). Since 1996, the Australian Government Department of Health has funded the ALSWH to obtain data on health and health service use from three cohorts of women, born in 1973–78, 1946–51 and 1921–26. The study is based at the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland. The purpose of the ALSWH is to provide evidence for development of policy and practice in women’s health and health services.1The need for an additional cohort was driven by recognition that this generation have markedly different experiences and backgrounds from those of the existing ALSWH cohorts. In particular this new cohort, born in 1989–95, has grown up with rapid technological advancement and high levels of interpersonal connectivity via mobile phones and social media, as well as high levels of information availability through the internet. In a reflection of these generational differences, the establishment of the new cohort required the use of distinctly different recruitment and survey methods from those that were used with the original cohorts.2The 1989–95 cohort was established to identify the determinants of good health, illness and health service use throughout adult life, including the demographic, economic, health behaviour, social, environmental and personal factors that influence physical and mental health. The information obtained from all ALSWH cohorts is used by the Australian Government Department of Health as evidence for policy and planning.