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Newsletter No 33 - April 2012

News fromGrowing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, keeping you up-to-date with "what's new".




Wave 5 Home Visits – Phase 2

The main phase for the fifth wave of data collection will commence shortly. Interviewer training will be held at five locations across the country in March, April and May 2012, with the first 3-day workshop being held in Brisbane. Fieldwork will begin shortly after. The development phase for the sixth wave of data collection has also begun.

Life at 7 Documentary

Growing Up in Australia is collaborating with Heiress Films to produce the fourth series of the Life At documentary, Life at 7.  The series follows 11 children and their families by observing their ordinary routines and milestones and looking at factors impacting on their lives such as their health and education, parents' relationship, finances and work. The Life At documentaries use data from Growing Up in Australia as an evidence base for the series.

The Life At families complete the same study activities and answer the same questions as the families in the study.  Staff from the Australian Institute of Family Studies have visited all the documentary families and conducted the Growing Up in Australia Wave 4 B cohort interview. In the same way that ABS interviewers enjoy returning to the Growing Up in Australia families every two years to see how the children are developing, our research staff have appreciated being able to visit these families and have a similar experience.

The documentary is now in its post-production stage. Followers of the documentary series will also be able to see how the Life At families and children are progressing when it is screened by ABC-TV later this year. We will keep you posted!

LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2011

The LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2011 will be released later this year.  This will be the second edition in the series.  The purpose of these reports is to provide an overview of the data from the study and thereby describe aspects of Australian children's lives and development.  The reports also make use of the longitudinal nature of LSAC data to describe the dynamics of change as children develop, and how their families and lives change as they grow older. 

The report is structured around five themes:

  • Families
  • Education
  • Housing, neighbourhood and community
  • Cognitive development and learning
  • Physical development and health

The report includes data from the first three waves and between-waves surveys of the study.  Analyses for the two cohorts (B & K) are presented separately throughout the report.

Release of 2010 - 2011 Annual Report

The Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children 2010-2011 Annual Report will be released soon.  The report provides an overview of sample characteristics, new content and new data collection methods used in Wave 4. It also includes analysis of the following content area for the K cohort:

  • Schooling
  • Health and dieting
  • Sleep
  • Worries and concerns
  • Parental monitoring
  • Neighbourhoods

Previous Growing Up in Australia Annual Reports are also available on the LSAC annual reports page.

If you would like a printed copy please contact us with your postal address and we will forward a copy when available.

FloSse ResearchFLoSse Research

FLoSse (pronounced Flossie) Research contains bibliographic details for research material, which uses data from one or more of FaHCSIA's three longitudinal surveys, including the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), (Growing Up in Australia)

FLoSse contains around 1,100 articles and is becoming a more valuable resource with every new article added.  It has been created with the primary intention of bringing relevant research to the attention of policy makers. However, for academic users it is also a useful tool for literature reviews.

When searching FLoSse please bear in mind that the site only contains the bibliographic details and not the actual publication.   Also, not all articles deposited in FLoSse have a direct external link available.  A link to the full document can be found next to the label “External URL”.  If this label does not appear in the entry, there is no direct link and you will need to use the other bibliographic information to locate a copy of the article, for example the journal in which it appears.

Any queries about the research material should be directed to the author(s). Copyright rules apply and permission to use the research for publication should be sought from the author(s) prior to use.

DATA USERS: This is a reminder of your obligation under your agreement for access to upload bibliographic details of all your published research using the dataset to FLoSse, which can be found at http://flosse.fahcsia.gov.au/     

To upload your details go to “deposit research details” and follow the prompts. If you have not previously done so, you will need to register.  This is for administrative purposes only as the system will automatically generate emails informing you once the details you have entered have been accepted onto the site. By registering, you can also choose to be automatically informed about new research available on the site.

 If you have any queries regarding FLoSse please contact FaHCSIA at FLoSse@fahcsia.gov.au

LSAC Data User Workshop

The next data workshop will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday, 24th July 2012.  This will coincide with the 12th AIFS Conference, which is to be held on the 25th - 27th July 2012.
The data workshops are targeted to: 

  • existing users of LSAC data;
  • those considering becoming users of the data;
  • those who are interested in learning more about the data.

The workshops are designed to assist people by improving their confidence in understanding and navigating the dataset.
The training covers a range of topics designed to give a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the study, the dataset and the supporting documentation.  Topics include:

  • study methodology
  • user resources
  • variable naming
  • data analysis issues

If you would like to attend the Data User Workshop, please contact the AIFS LSAC team and your name will be placed on a waiting list to be contacted at a later date.

Ordering LSAC Data – Release 4

If you wish to apply for the LSAC data, navigate to the Data Users page on the Growing Up In Australia: LSAC website.

As with any legal document, all users should carefully read the Deed of Licence that they sign and make sure that they fully understand their responsibilities and obligations.

The data is provided as SAS datasets, STATA datasets and SPSS system files datasets on a CD. Full data documentation is included.

Geospatial Data Linkage

LSAC data users may apply to have geospatial datasets linked to the LSAC dataset. To apply for data linkage, please complete the form on the geospatial data linkage webpage  and send it to the LSAC team at FaHCSIA.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email the LSAC team at FaHCSIA

LSAC Conference 2011 - Presentations

Growing Up in Australia and Footprints in Time: The Combined Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and Longitudinal Study  of Indigenous Children (LSIC) Research Conference was held in November 2011.

LSAC Presentation Slides from the conference program may be available upon request. If you are interested in viewing the slides of a particular presentation please contact the AIFS LSAC team. Please note the availability of presentation slides is subject to the presenter's consent.

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