Growing Up in Australia - Study members


Study news

Wave 8 is underway

The first phase of Wave 8 is about to start. Our Growing Up in Australia interviewers are gearing up to begin contacting you soon. Phase 1 will continue into September 2017, with Phase 2 due to start in early 2018. In this wave, we will be capturing more information on social media and technology, sources of support and education and career pathways. We look forward to catching up with all of our study families!

Wave 7 interviews complete

Wave 7 is now complete. Phase 1 of Wave 1 started in June 2015 and Phase 2 started in March 2016, and during this time we have completed over 6500 in-home interviews, sent out approximately 3300 questionnaires, and completed almost 800 telephone interviews. A big thank you to everyone involved!

Growing Up in Australia’s Child Health CheckPoint

The Child Health CheckPoint is a one-off physical health assessment for the younger children in Growing Up in Australia (the B-cohort, now aged 11-12 years old). State-of-the-art health measurements are conducted in a purpose-built, 'pop-up' assessment centre that will travel to major Australian cities throughout 2015. The CheckPoint assessment centre opened in Victoria in February 2015 and will soon move to NSW then continue around the country.

The Child Health CheckPoint targets multiple Australian health priorities including, respiratory function, hearing, vision, fitness, dental health, nutrition and health-related quality of life. Biological samples are also collected. A parent of each child is also invited to take part, to learn about intergenerational health.

The Child Health CheckPoint is run from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, supervised by senior health researchers from Growing Up in Australia, and in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Department of Social Services.

Wave 6 interviews

Wave 6 interviews have now been completed. Thank you to all of our study participants and interviews for being an invaluable part of LSAC.

Phase 1 of our Wave 6 interviews started in August 2013, with phase 2 commencing in March 2014.

Life at 9

Inspired by Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Life at 9 premiered in July 2014 on ABC1.

The fifth instalment of the Life series continues the ordinary and extraordinary life journey of eight Australian children as they learn to deal with life's hurdles and challenges at the pivotal age of nine.

The series uses research findings from Growing Up in Australia during its commentary about the families, the two episodes for Life at 9 focus on the children's creativity and emerging independence.

You can get more information on the series at the ABC's Life at 9 website. Clips from previous instalments of the series are also available on the ABC website.

Life at 9 children walking through the forest

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Research focus

For information about some of the key areas of research the study focuses on, visit the Research topics page.

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