The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (also known as Women's Health Australia) is a longitudinal survey of over 57,000 women in three cohorts who were aged 18-23, 45-50 and 70-75 when surveys began in 1996. In 2012/13 more than 17,000 young women aged 18-23 were recruited to form a new cohort. ALSWH assesses women’s physical and mental health, as well as psychosocial aspects of health (such as socio-demographic and lifestyle factors) and their use of health services. Since its inception ALSWH has provided invaluable data about the health of women across the lifespan, and informed federal and state government policies across a wide range of issues. The study is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

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ALSWH COVID-19 Survey Reports

The first four reports from our fortnightly COVID-19 surveys are now online. The surveys provide a snapshot of women's health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide insight into their experiences. Each report covers women's symptoms and testing and includes set questions, a series of themed topics, and an opportunity for free-text comments. They have been deployed via email to women in the three ALSWH cohorts born 1989-95, 1973-78, and 1946-51, since late April 2020. 

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Vegies are best for baby's first solids 

3 July 2020

Researchers at the University of Queensland found that children aged 2-12 years who were given fruit or vegetables instead of cereal as their first semi-solid food in infancy ate fruit and vegetables more frequently in childhood, and ate a wider variety of vegetables.

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Media Release: Hot flushes and night sweats linked to 70% increase in cardiovascular risk

2 July 2020

School of Public Health PhD student Dr Dongshan Zhu has found women of any age who experience hot flushes and night sweats, also known as vasomotor symptoms or VMS, are more likely to experience heart attacks, angina, and stroke. 

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Media Release: Maternal depression: seeking help sooner is better for mums and kids

15 June 2020

The children of mothers with long-term depression have been found to be at higher risk than others of behavioural problems and poor development.

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