Reproductive health: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health – January 2010

Posted on January 27, 2010. Filed under: Obstetrics | Tags: |

Reproductive health: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health – January 2010
Authors: Deborah Loxton and Jayne Lucke, on behalf of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

“This report focuses on the reproductive health of women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH). The report was developed on the basis of discussions between the ALSWH research team and the staff of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and has the broad aim of examining reproductive health among Australian women of child bearing
ages.

The ALSWH is a longitudinal cohort study funded by the Department of Health and Ageing and conducted by a team of researchers and staff based at the Universities of Newcastle and Queensland. The ALSWH first collected data in 1996, from three cohorts of women then aged 18-23, 45-50 and 70-75. While some descriptive information concerning birthing patterns of the latter two cohorts is included in the current report, the focus of analyses is on data collected from the youngest cohort, who were born 1973-1978 (See Table 1-1). The ALSWH collects data by mailed surveys at regular intervals. The 1973-1978 cohort completed surveys in 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2006. Over 14 000 women completed Survey 1 of the 1973-1978 cohort, and 9145 of these women completed Survey 4 in 2006, which reflects an acceptable level of participant retention.” … continues on the website

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