Individual Study / CDAH

Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study

Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study

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Initiatives -
To determine the contribution of childhood factors to the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes in later life.
Start Year
The Commonwealth Departments of Sport, Recreation and Tourism, and Health; The National Heart Foundation; and the Commonwealth Schools Commission at baseline and the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Heart Foundation, the Tasmanian Community Fund and Veolia Environmental Services at follow-up.
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr Seana Gall
    University of Tasmania
  • MD. Dr. Professor Changhai Ding
    University of Tasmania
  • Dr. Professor Alison J. Venn
    Menzies Research Institute-University of Tasmania


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
In the first follow-up of the cohort (CDAH-1) in 2004-6, participants completed questionnaires and attended study clinics.The second follow-up, conducted during 2009 - 2011, involved the completion of questionnaires. It had a particular focus on how life changes and stresses in our 30s and early 40s impact on our lifestyles, and affect health and risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Marker Paper

Venn AJ, Thomson RJ, Schmidt MD, Cleland VJ, Curry BA, Gennat HC, Dwyer T. Overweight and obesity from childhood to adulthood: a follow-up of participants in the 1985 Australian Schools Health and Fitness Survey. Med J Aust. 2007 May 7;186(9):458-60.

PUBMED 17484707


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
cChildren who participated in the 1985 Australian Schools Health and Fitness Survey (ASHFS)


Availability of data and biosamples