The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (also known as Women's Health Australia) is a longitudinal survey of over 58,000 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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Media Release: Healthy habits during pregnancy not enough

17 April 2018

Professor Gita Mishra led the Australian contribution to an overview of international research on preconception health, published in The Lancet, which found changing diet and lifestyle during pregnancy is too little and too late to reduce the risk of major complications. 

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2017 Participant Newsletter

28 March 2018

Find out how our participant's data has contributed to women's health research and policy development. 

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1989-95 Cohort Survey: Major prize winner

4 December 2017

Congratulations to Kate (ID: 400161648) from our 1989-95 cohort of women for winning our major prize of $1000 for survey 5.

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It's My Time: Participant stories of self care

4 September 2017

This Women's Health Week we're being asked to make our health a priority.This collection of inspiring participant stories highlights the positive change that begins when we prioritise our own health.

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2017 Major Report

Use, access to, and impact of Medicare services for Australian women: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

The report adopts a life course approach to investigate how factors impacting changes in women’s health and health service use change across life stages.

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Media Release: Workforce participation after breast cancer: Implications and opportunities for occupational therapy service delivery

19 July 2017

Women hoping to return to work after treatment for breast cancer face obstacles that occupational therapy can help overcome, delegates to Occupational Therapy Australia’s (OTA) 27th National Conference and Exhibition have been told.

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1989-95 Cohort Survey: 48 Hour Prize Winners

Thank you to all the ladies who completed their surveys in the first 48 hours. The prize draw winners have been announced. If you haven't completed your survey yet there is still a chance to go into the major prize draw. 

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Media Release: Bullying takes toll on young women’s health

15 June 2017

Almost one in five 18-23 year old women was bullied recently and more than half had been bullied in the past, resulting in serious physical and mental health issues according to research from Women's Health Australia.

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Media Release: Domestic violence impact lasts a lifetime

13 June 2017

Women who experience intimate partner violence have significant, long-term physical and mental health problems according to researchers who tracked three generations of women for 16 years.

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