Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH)

The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health – widely known as Women’s Health Australia – is a longitudinal population-based survey, which examines the health of over 40,000 Australian women over a 20 year period.

First funded in 1995, the project was designed to explore factors that influence health among women who are broadly representative of the entire Australian population. The study goes beyond a narrow perspective that equates women’s health with reproductive and sexual health, and takes a comprehensive view of all aspects of health throughout women’s lifespan.

The first wave was conducted in 1996, which was segregated into three groups, the 1973-1978 (Young) cohort, the 1946-1951 (Mid-age) cohort, and the 1921-1926 (Old-age) cohort. Each cohort received a different questionnaire, which varied in the types of questiones asked, but in essence covered issues regarding overall physical and emotional health, use of health services, education and employment status, drug and/or alcohol use, diet, exercise, and family situation. In 2012 and 2013, 17,069 18-23 year old women were enrolled into a fourth “New Young” cohort. The women in this new cohort were mainly recruited using the internet and social media platforms.

The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health website provides a detailed description of the background, aims, themes, methods and progress of the study, along with details of how to request access to the ALSWH datasets.


YearCohortDataADA IDDocumentationDOI
1996Mid-ageSurvey 1 data01017-mid1bADA Legacy SiteAll DOIs coming soon!!
1996Old-ageSurvey 1 data01017-old1bADA Legacy Site
1996YoungSurvey 1 data01017-yng1bADA Legacy Site
1998Mid-ageSurvey 2 data01017-mid2bADA Legacy Site
1999Old-ageSurvey 2 data01017-old2bADA Legacy Site
2000YoungSurvey 2 data01017-yng2bADA Legacy Site
2001Mid-ageSurvey 3 Food Frequency Questionnaire01017-mid3ffqADA Legacy Site
2001Mid-ageSurvey 3 data01017-mid3bADA Legacy Site
2002Old-ageSurvey 3 data01017-old3bADA Legacy Site
2003YoungSurvey 3: Food Frequency Questionnaire01017-yng3ffqADA Legacy Site
2003YoungSurvey 3 data01017-yng3bADA Legacy Site
2004Mid-ageSurvey 4 data01017-mid4bADA Legacy Site
2005Old-ageSurvey 4 data01017-old4bADA Legacy Site
2006YoungSurvey 4 data01017-yng4bADA Legacy Site
2006YoungSurvey 4 - Child data01017-yng4childADA Legacy Site
2007Mid-ageSurvey 5 data01017-mid5bADA Legacy Site
2007Mid-ageSurvey 5 - Medications data01017-mid5medicationsADA Legacy Site
2008Old-ageSurvey 5 data01017-old5bADA Legacy Site
2009YoungSurvey 5 data01017-yng5bADA Dataverse Test site
2009YoungSurvey 5 - Child data01017-yng5childADA Dataverse Test site
2010Mid-ageSurvey 6 data01017-mid6bADA Legacy Site
2010Mid-ageParticipation Status, Surveys 1- 601017-midstatusoct2011bADA Legacy Site
2011Old-ageSurvey 6 data01017-old6bADA Dataverse Test site
2012YoungSurvey 6 data01017-yng6bADA Dataverse Test site
2013New YoungSurvey 1 data01017-nyc1bADA Dataverse Test site
2014New YoungSurvey 2 data01017-nyc2bADA Dataverse Test site
2013Mid-ageSurvey 7 data01017-mid7bADA Dataverse Test site
2013Mid-ageSurvey 7 Food Frequency Questionnaire01017-mid7ffqADA Dataverse Test site
2013Mid-ageParticipation Status, Surveys 1- 701017-midstatus2013ADA Dataverse Test site
2015YoungSurvey 7 data01017-yng7bADA Dataverse Test site
2015YoungSurvey 7 - Child data01017-yng7childADA Dataverse Test site
2015New YoungSurvey 3 data01017-nyc3bADA Dataverse Test site
2016New YoungSurvey 4 data01017-nyc4bADA Dataverse Test site
2016New YoungParticipation Status, Surveys 1-401017-nycstatus2016ADA Dataverse Test site
2016YoungParticipation Status, Surveys 1-701017-yngstatus2016ADA Dataverse Test site
2016Old-ageSurvey 7 data01017-old7bADA Dataverse Test site
2016Old-ageParticipation Status, Surveys 1-701017-oldstatus2016ADA Dataverse Test site