Individual Study / MELSHA

Melbourne Longitudinal Study Healthy Ageing

Melbourne Longitudinal Study Healthy Ageing

Initiatives -
To establish an evidence base to inform health promotion programs for older people. Our focus in 1994 was to identify avenues for changing individual actions and social environments that influence the health and well-being of older people. *Note: All published information has been collected from the article referenced in the Marker Paper box below. Therefore, there may be variations with more advanced versions of the study.*
Start Year
End Year
The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (1994–1997) and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (1998–2000, 2003–2005, 2008–2010). Also funded by Victorian the Australian Research Council, the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs and the Alzheimer’s and Ageing Research Foundation.
Supplementary Information
Data collected by the Chief Investigators of MELSHA are held in trust by Monash University and the University of Sydney. Policy and procedures for data access and publication and other information about MELSHA can be found at


Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof Hal Kending
    Monash University
  • Dr. Prof Colette J Browning
    Monash University


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Participants were interviewed face-to-face by trained interviewers in their homes at the initial data collection (1994) and brief physical tests were administered. In 2004 and 2008, they were also interviewed face-to-face using a structured questionnaire in their homes. During the intervening period 1994–2004, every 2 years participants were interviewed using a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing method (CATI). In 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2005 participants completed a mail-out questionnaire. In 2008–10, we sought permission from the remaining participants to access and link their health records.

Marker Paper

Browning CJ, Kendig H. Cohort profile: the Melbourne Longitudinal Studies on Healthy Ageing Program. Int J Epidemiol. 2010 Oct;39(5):e1-7. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyq137. Epub 2010 Sep 5.

PUBMED 20819786


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Older Australians aged ≥65 years


Availability of data and biosamples