A new longitudinal study of the health and wellbeing of Australian children: how will it help?

Jan M Nicholson and Ann Sanson, on behalf of the LSAC Research Consortium
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05197.x
Published online: 17 March 2003

The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is a major research endeavour to assess emerging health and developmental concerns and their determinants in children. Previous longitudinal studies of children in Australia and New Zealand have contributed significantly, but have had limitations, which LSAC will attempt to address. A new generation of longitudinal studies is needed to enable transnational and historical comparisons.

Members of the LSAC (Longitudinal Study of Australian Children) Research Consortium

  • Jan M Nicholson1
  • Ann Sanson2
  • on behalf of the LSAC Research Consortium

  • 1 Centre for Public Health Research, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, QLD.
  • 2 Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, VIC.



The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services.

Competing interests:

J M N is a member of the Consortium Advisory Group and the Leader of the Design Team on Family Functioning. A S is the LSAC Project Director. Research for this article was supported by a grant from the Financial Markets Foundation for Children, Sydney, NSW.


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