Life course program encompasses two cohort studies

The aim of the Life Course Program is to relate life events beginning in the womb to later health and wellbeing. The Life Course Program encompasses two cohort studies, the Aboriginal Birth Cohort study and the Top End Cohort study.
The Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study (ABC) is the largest and longest running Indigenous birth cohort in Australia. Commencing in 1987 it has been following the health of Indigenous people in their place of residence across the Top End.
1987 - 1990 Birth - recruitment

Dr Sue Sayers founded the largest and longest running prospective study of Indigenous babies.

1998 - 2001 Childhood

85% of the original cohort was seen at mean age of 11 years.
 

2005 - 2008 Adolescence

71% of the original cohort was seen at a mean age of 18 years.
 

2013 - 2015 Young Adulthood

71% of the original cohort was seen at mean age of 25 years.
 

The Top End Cohort Study is a prospective, life course study of non-Indigenous people living in the Top End, NT.
1987-1991 Birth

All members of the TEC study were born in Darwin, NT between 1987 and 1991. Retrospective birth characteristics  have been obtained from their hospital records.

2007 - 2009 Adolescence - Recruitment

196 non-Indigenous adolescents born in Darwin between 1987-1991 were recruited.

2013 - 2015 Young Adulthood

117 of the original  cohort was seen at mean age 25 years.

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