Biggest ageing study in southern hemisphere

The 45 and Up Study has reached half way, recruiting 125,000 participants.

The NSW-based 45 and Up study has now recruited 125,000 participants, making it the largest ageing study of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

The multi-agency study is linking participant survey answers with information about hospital admissions, cancer registrations, births and deaths through the NSW Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL).

“Being able to link to routinely collected health data will provide a very rich source of information for researchers for multiple research projects, and is something that no other large cohort study has been able to achieve on this scale,” said Associate Professor Emily Banks, Scientific Director of the 45 and Up Study.    

“Everyone in NSW, including those aged under 45, can feel pretty excited by what the 45 and Up Study is going to achieve. 

“The research that’s carried out using information from Study participants can help all of us to better understand healthy ageing, and governments and health services to improve health care and public health policy for all of us in the future,” said Associate Professor Banks. 

Nine research projects are being conducted in association with the study, looking into subjects such as the factors associated with greater independence in later life and poor memory, mental health and wellbeing in ageing.

The 45 and Up Study is run by The Sax Institute, in partnership with: The Cancer Council NSW; The NSW Division of the National Heart Foundation of Australia; NSW Health;   beyondblue: the national depression initiative; and The NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care (DADHC). 

Click here for more information or call 1300 45 11 45.

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