International group glean insight from longitudinal research team

Apr 26 2018

Women’s Health Study Tour

The Women’s Health Study Tour is a visiting delegation of 14 health professionals organised by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal), touring Australia to study best practices relating to maternal mortality, promoting healthy pregnancy, increasing the healthcare workforce and encouraging successful ageing.

As part of this tour, the group met with Professor Deb Loxton and other researchers from the Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing at HMRI on Tuesday 24 April.

Women’s Health Australia is the nation’s largest, longest-running study of women’s health and wellbeing. Also known as the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH), it has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and managed by the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland since 1996.

Taking a life-course approach, this longitudinal, population-based survey examines the health of over 58,000 women at major life-stages: ageing, mid-life transition and young adulthood.

The study provides a rich evidence base to investigate the behavioural and socio-demographic characteristics that affect health and the use of health services at different life stages. It is widely used by the Australian government and other decision-making bodies for the development and evaluation of policy and practice in health-service delivery.

Taking a collaborative approach, this survey data is freely shared with approved researchers. Since 1996, data has been used by over 1000 national and international researchers – including government agencies.

During the WHAMglobal study tour, the team spoke with the visiting international researchers about how the findings in the study are translated into practice and policy.

The day was a great success with Professor Loxton saying: “It was a privilege to host the members of the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global. This was a great first step in forging a network of women’s health researchers and advocates, to work together to address issues impacting women across the globe.”

“We are excited to strengthen the relationship with WHAMglobal, following the productive and collaborative time together today.”