The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (also known as Women’s Health Australia) is a longitudinal survey of over 57,000 women in three cohorts who were aged 18-23, 45-50 and 70-75 when surveys began in 1996. In 2012/13 more than 17,000 young women aged 18-23 were recruited to form a new cohort. ALSWH assesses women’s physical and mental health, as well as psychosocial aspects of health (such as socio-demographic and lifestyle factors) and their use of health services. Since its inception ALSWH has provided invaluable data about the health of women across the lifespan, and informed federal and state government policies across a wide range of issues. The study is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

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Premature menopause increases risk of chronic health issues

20 January 2020

Women who experience premature menopause are significantly more likely to develop multiple chronic conditions. Read more


What is perimenopause and how does it affect women’s health in midlife?

18 October 2019

All women know to expect the time in life when their periods finish and they reach menopause. Many might even look forward to it. What many women don’t know, however, is they will also experience symptoms in the time leading up to menopause. Read the full article in The Conversation

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Media Release: Play equipment that gets kids moving

17 September 2019

Parents will be pleased to know that more is not always better when it comes to play equipment for their children. Read more

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Media Release: Screen time no child’s play

24 July 2019

Experts are urging parents to brush up on national guidelines following a rapid rise in screen time on electronic devices for children under two. Read more

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2019 Major Report

Policy Briefs from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health
June 2018

The 2019 major report was developed to align with the National Women’s Health Strategy. The report is comprised of a series of policy briefs which are available as both a complete report and as individual briefs on the following topics: Mental Health, Violence and Abuse, Sexual Health, Reproductive Health, Pregnancy and Maternal Health, Weight and Weight Gain, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour, Chronic Conditions, Housing and Care of Older Women.


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