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eNewsletter No 31 - Winter 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 Research Conference for 2011 will be held in conjunction with the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC).

The Conference will provide a forum for the discussion of research based on LSAC and LSIC data, and will highlight the research potential of the two studies. Attendance at the conference is open to anyone interested in LSAC, LSIC or more general aspects of longitudinal survey research.

Dates:15 and 16 November 2011

Venue:Rydges on Swanston, Melbourne

Further details about the conference, including registration details, are available on the Growing Up in Australia conference web page.

LSAC and LSIC Data User Workshops

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

The workshops are 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

They 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.

Monday, 14 November 2011 - LSAC Data User Workshop
Thursday, 17 November 2011 - LSIC Data User Workshop

Venue:  Australian Bureau of Statistics offices, Latrobe Street, Melbourne

Further details about the Data User Workshops, including registration and payment details, are available on the Data Workshop page.

Wave 4 data release

In Wave 4, the B cohort children were 6-7 years old and the K cohort children were 10-11 years old.

The Wave 4 data file was released on 7 September 2011 and includes linkages to Medicare and National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data. Application forms for access to the data are available on the Growing Up in Australia website. A full set of user documentation, including a data dictionary, user guide and marked-up questionnaires is provided with the data and is also available on our website.

In addition to the set of data user documentation, a Technical Paper on “Using NAPLAN data in LSAC” will be available shortly.

LSAC Annual Statistical Report

The LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2010 has been released. The report provides an overview of Australian children's lives and development using data from Waves 1 to 3 of the study.

Topics include children's families, education, neighbourhood, socio-emotional development, cognitive development and learning, and early health experiences.

The full report can be viewed via the AIFS website. If you would like to obtain a hard copy of the report, please contact us.

Mid-wave data collection (Wave 4.5)

Families will not be sent a self-complete paper questionnaire for a mid-wave data collection cycle this year. Instead we will be asking parents to go online and check their current contact details and confirm that they are still current, and if not, to update or correct this information. A small number of optional questions about their opinions on participating in the study will also be included.

Parents have the option of updating their contact details by telephone via the study's 1800 free call number.

Wave 5 home visits – Phase 1

The development phase for the fifth wave of data collection has now concluded. The first stage of data collection commenced in July 2011, with the main collection phase beginning early in 2012. Preliminary interviewer training was conducted in June with three-day training workshops held in Melbourne and Sydney.

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

Gong, H.C., McNamara, J., & Cassells, R. (2011) Little Australians: differences in early childhood development. AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report, University of Canberra and AMP.

Incledon, E., Wake, M., & Hay, M. (2011) Psychological predictors of adiposity: Systematic review of longitudinal studies. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6(2-2), e1-e11.

Edwards, B., Taylor, M., & Fiorini, M. (2011). Who gets the ‘gift of time' in Australia? Exploring delayed primary school entry. Australian Review of Public Affairs, 10(1), 41-60.

Hogan, A., Shipley, M., Strazdins, L., Purcell, A., & Baker, E. (2011) Communication and behavioural disorders among children with hearing loss increases risk of mental health disorders. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (online): 2 August 2011.

For more information on recent publications, please visit the Growing Up in Australia publications page. You can also 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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If you would like further information about the LSAC study, please explore the LSAC website.

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