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MatCH Baseline Survey (2016)

Women from the ALSWH 1973-78 Cohort [ALSWH 1973-78 Cohort summary], who had children aged under 13 years, were asked to complete a survey (online or paper) about their three youngest children.

The baseline survey was conducted from August 2016 to May 2017. Survey measures included diet and physical activity, health-related quality of life, illness and disability, health service use, sleep, social and emotional development, and anthropometric measures. We had responses from 3,039 mothers, reporting on 5,780 children. Some early results have been reported in the MatCH Update and the Women's Health Australia 2017 Participant Newsletter. Published papers are also listed here. The survey will be repeated every two to three years (subject to funding).

Study materials for the baseline survey:

MatCH 2016 survey: MatchSurvey2016sample.pdf

MatCH Participant Information Sheet: MatCHParticipantInformation2016.pdf

MatCH Participant FAQ





Moss KM, Dobson AJ, Mishra GD.
Testing the role of the timing and chronicity of maternal depressive symptoms in the associations with child behaviour and development.
Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology

Moss KM, Reilly N, Dobson AJ, Loxton D, Tooth L, Mishra GD.
How rates of perinatal mental health screening in Australia have changed over time and which women are missing out.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Moss KM, Dobson AJ, Tooth L, Mishra GD.
Which Australian Women Do Not Exclusively Breastfeed to 6 Months, and why?
Journal of Human Lactation 

Ribeiro LW, Moss KM, Mishra, GD.
Dietary patterns and allergy in children aged 5-12 years in Australia: Findings from the mothers and their Children's health study.
Allergology International

Gete DG, Waller M, Mishra GD.
Pre-pregnancy Diet Quality and Its Association With Offspring Behavioral Problems.
European Journal of Nutrition

Gete DG, Waller M, Mishra GD.
Prepregnancy dietary patterns and risk of preterm birth and low birth weight: findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition


Gete DG, Waller M, Mishra GD.
Effects of maternal diets on preterm birth and low birth weight: a systematic review.
British Journal of Nutrition

Moss KM, Dobson AJ, Edwards KL, Hesketh KD, Chang Y-T, Mishra GD.
Not all play equipment is created equal: associations between equipment at home and children's physical activity.
Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Adane AA, Tooth LR, Mishra GD.
The role of offspring's birthweight on the association between pre-pregnancy obesity and offspring's childhood anthropometrics: a mediation analysis.
Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

Tooth L, Moss K, Hockey R, Mishra GD.
Adherence to screen time recommendations for Australian children aged 0–12 years.
Medical Journal of Australia

Moss KM, Loxton D, Dobson AJ, Slaughter V, Mishra GD. (2019).
Testing competing mediators of the association between pre-conception maternal depression and child health-related quality of life: the MatCH study.
Archives of Women's Mental Health


Adane AA, Mishra GD, Tooth LR.
Maternal preconception weight trajectories, pregnancy complications and offspring's childhood physical and cognitive development.
Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

Mishra GD, Moss K, Loos C, Dobson AJ, Davies PS, Loxton D, Hesketh KD, Koupil I, Bower C, Sly P, Tooth L. (2018).
MatCH (Mothers and their Children’s Health) Profile: offspring of the 1973-78 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.
Longitudinal and Life Course Studies

Adane AA, Dobson A, Tooth L, Mishra GD.
Maternal preconception weight trajectories are associated with offsprings' childhood obesity.
International Journal of Obesity

Adane AA, Mishra GD, Tooth LR.
Adult Pre-pregnancy Weight Change and Risk of Developing Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy.
Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology


Adane AA, Tooth LR, Mishra GD.
Pre-pregnancy weight change and incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus: A finding from a prospective cohort study.
Diabetes research and Clinical Practice


Adane AA, Mishra GD, Tooth LR.
Maternal pre-pregnancy obesity and childhood physical and cognitive development of children: a systematic review.
International Journal of Obesity

Adane AA, Mishra GD, Tooth LR.
Diabetes in Pregnancy and Childhood Cognitive Development: A Systematic Review.

Help and support

  • 24-hour parenting hotline numbers in each state can be found at: Raising Children Network.
  • Your General Practitioner can also advise you about the best person to talk to.
  • If you are feeling distressed right now, you can always talk to someone at: Lifeline or 13 11 14 (local call).
  • MatCH/ALSWH participant information line: 1800 068 081 (free call) or email


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If you have any concerns about this project and would prefer to discuss these with an independent person, feel free to contact the University of Newcastle’s Human Research Ethics Officer (02) 4921 6333 or write to them at the University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW, 2308 (Approval number H-2014-0246). You could also contact the University of Queensland’s Human Research Ethics Officer on (07) 3365 3924 or write to them at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, 4072 (Approval number 2014001213).