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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.

Survey Wave File


(Young) Cohort


(Mid-age) Cohort


(Old) Cohort

    Year ADA ID Year ADA ID Year ADA ID
1 Survey data 1996 01017-yng1b 1996 01017-mid1b 1996 01017-old1b
2 Survey data 2000 01017-yng2b 1998 01017-mid2b 1999 01017-old2b
3 Survey data 2003 01017-yng3b 2001 01017-mid3b 2002 01017-old3b
Food Frequency
2003 01017-yng3ffq 2001 01017-mid3ffq    
4 Survey data 2006 01017-yng4b 2004 01017-mid4b 2005 01017-old4b
Child data 2006 01017-yng4child        
5 Survey data     2007 01017-mid5b 2008 01017-old5b
Medications     2007 01017-mid5medications    

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