The Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing
The Australian Longitudinal Survey of Ageing is a large population based study created to examine the biopsychosocial factors of health and wellbeing in an ageing adult sample of South Australians, aged 70 years plus. The study is continuing and to date has eight measurement occasions, spanning 15 years. The Australian Longitudinal Survey of Ageing is administered by a multi-disciplinary team at the Centre for Ageing Studies, Flinders University and funded by (at different time periods) the US National Institute on Ageing, the Office for the Ageing (SA), ECH Inc. SA, The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Premier’s Science Research Fund (SA), and the Australian Research Council (ARC).
The Australian Longitudinal Survey of Ageing commenced in 1992 with 2087 participants aged 70-plus, living in the Adelaide Statistical Division. The sample was selected randomly from the Australian Bureau of Statistics from the South Australia Electoral Roll. To date, the study contains 8 waves of data collection, including face-to-face interviews, clinical assessments and telephone interviews. Secondary data was also sought from service providers, for example, community service providers and general practitioners. Not every wave includes all types of data. Each wave of data contains, on average, 1500 variables.
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There are seven waves of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing archived. Wave three and six are accompanied by clinical data.