2018 MatCH Update
Welcome to your update on the Mothers and their Children's Health (MatCH) study.
Thank you for being a part of the Mothers and their Children's Health study. Your data, and your children's, is helping to reveal the relationships between children, their mothers, and their environments.
2018 was a busy year as researchers from the University of Queensland and University of Newcastle got to work analysing your survey responses. 2019 is set to be a big year for publications with researchers getting ready to publish their findings on a diverse range of topics including:
- Childhood asthma
- Healthy and unhealthy eating
- The impact of maternal mental health on children's health and behaviour
- Children's play spaces and exercise
Your data is already contributing to Australia’s health policy direction. Data and research outcomes from the MatCH study were part of a submission to the 2018 Senate Inquiry into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia made by the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Maintaining a healthy weight is important for our health, and our children’s but it is a challenge in our society. We are looking forward to seeing the report’s recommendations implemented.
We would like to leave you with a look at how MatCH families are using childcare. Support networks are an essential part of raising children. Your data tells us that it is important for families to have options – from formal childcare and after school care to informal networks of family and friends.