The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH)
The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health is a longitudinal, population based survey, examining the health of Australian women over a 20 year period. Commencing in 1996, the project aims to explore factors that influence health among women who are broadly representative of the Australian female population. The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health assesses a broad range of factors related to women’s health, including but not only, physical and emotional health, health behaviours and risk factors, and sociodemographic factors. The project is administered at the Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing at the University of Newcastle, and the University of Queensland.
The study contains participants across three age cohorts (1921-26; 1946-51; 1973-78) and started in 1996. Participants were originally selected from the Medicare database and were invited to participate in the study via post. Over 40,000 women were included at wave one in 1996. Surveys are sent to the participants every three years, with questions designed specifically for the age cohorts. Themes include use of and satisfaction with health care services, life stages and key events, time use, weight and exercise, and violence.
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ALSWH Data Holdings
The following waves of data are now available for the Australian Longitudinal Survey on Women's Health.
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