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A life course perspective in the identification of risk factors for adverse birth outcomes


The proposed project seeks to use a life course perspective to identify risk factors for adverse birth outcomes. The project will capitalise on previous research investment by analysing existing data collected by the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH), linked with the perinatal and admitted patients’ datasets, (NSW). The longitudinal data will be used to take a novel approach to a suite of adverse birth outcomes such as: stillbirth, congenital conditions, neonatal death, premature birth and low birth weight to identify short and long term risk factors. This project will also provide an objective measure of the validity of some participant responses, which is important for future research on the reproductive health of women in the young cohort.