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Update Date: 5 October 2021
Ten to Men: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health was commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health in 2011 in response to the 2010 National Male Health Policy. This is Australia’s first national longitudinal study that focuses exclusively on male health and wellbeing. The cohort was recruited using a stratified, multi-stage & cluster sampling design to select males aged 10–55 years. Recruitment of eligible participants and Wave 1 of the data collection occurred between October 2013 and July 2014, resulting in a reconciled sample size of 16,021. The survey content was structured around six key research domains relevant to male health: wellbeing and mental health, use of health services, health-related behaviours, health status, health knowledge and social determinants.
Wave 2 of the data collection occurred between November 2015 and May 2016. The sample size for Wave 2 was 11,936. The Wave 2 questionnaires largely retained Wave 1 items to obtain repeat longitudinal measures. New items added included additional questions on relationships, mental health, health literacy, help-seeking and resilience. Release 2.1 comprised of updated Wave 1 and Wave 2 datasets. These datasets have undergone changes to previous releases, including the renaming of variables, confidentialisation and other modifications. Release 2.1 offers General Release and Restricted Release.
Wave 3 of the data collection occurred between July 2020 and February 2021. The sample size for Wave 3 was 7,919. The Wave 3 questionnaires largely retained items from previous waves to obtain repeat longitudinal measures. New items added included new questions on gambling, use of e-cigarettes, illicit drug use, gender identity, generalised anxiety, relationship quality, individual income, COVID-19 impact and natural disaster impact. Release 3.0 is the most recent data release and offers General Release and Restricted Release.