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eNewsletter No 32 - Spring 2011

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



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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

We are pleased to announce that the LSAC-LSIC Research Conference for 2011 was a huge success!

The Conference provided a forum for the discussion of research based on LSAC and LSIC data, and highlighted the research potential of the two studies. Attendance at the conference was our best yet with 210 registered delegates and 45 papers presented. There was a wide range of research papers presented. Among the topics covered were:

  • Language and learning
  • Temperament
  • Education
  • Mental Health
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health
  • Fathering and parenting
  • Time use and media
  • Socio-Economics
  • Community
  • Social Policy

We were also extremely fortunate to have two wonderful keynote speakers: Professor Steve Zubrick who presented Language development and change: Growth, patterns, and processes in the Australian Longitudinal Studies; and Professor Melissa Wake who presented The Health of Australia's Children.

As well as the keynotes, we were very privileged to have two Policy Panel sessions. The first session was on Health and Education and the second on International Perspectives.

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 are subject to the presenter's consent.

LSAC and LSIC Data User Workshops

Data user workshops were held during the same week to coincide with the Conference.

The workshops were targeted to:

  • existing users of LSAC and/or LSIC 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 datasets.

The training covers a range of topics designed to give a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the studies, the datasets and the supporting documentation.

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 below 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.

Geospatial data linkage application form [PDF 80 KB]
Geospatial data linkage application form [Word 45 KB]

Mid-wave contact with study families (Wave 4.5)

A web-form was introduced to all families in 2011. The primary objective of the web-form was to make contact with families in-between interviews and to collect up-to-date contact information. Included in the web-form were a number of supplementary questions which were designed to gauge respondents' opinion of the study and the value they see in participating. As an incentive, families that participated went into a prize draw for a change to win one of six $200 pre-paid VISA cards. More than half the LSAC families either logged on or phoned in to update their contact details.

Wave 5 home visits – Phase 1

The development phase for the fifth wave of data collection has now concluded. Data collection for the fifth wave will take place throughout 2012.

Life at 7 documentary

Growing Up in Australia will again collaborate with Heiress Films this year 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 parents' relationship, finances, work, health and education.

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.

Latest publications

AIFS. (2011). LSAC Issues Paper No. 8 – Data Issues in Wave 4. Melbourne: AIFS.

Daraganova, G., & Sipthorp, M. (2011). LSAC Technical Paper No. 9 – Wave 4 Weights. Melbourne: AIFS.

For more information about latest publications you can access FaHCSIA's Longitudinal Surveys Electronic (FLoSse) Research archive to browse or search for bibliographic details of all research material using data from LSAC and FaHCSIA's other longitudinal surveys.

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Contact us

If you would like further information about the LSAC study, please explore the LSAC website.

For our contact details or to send a message see the Contact page.

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