Ms Amy Anderson

Research Academic

Faculty of Health and Medicine

Career Summary


  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Newcastle


  • Alcohol
  • Health behaviour
  • Pregnancy
  • Women's health

Fields of Research

111799Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified75
170199Psychology not elsewhere classified25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - 30/06/2015Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Faculty of Health and Medicine


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (15 outputs)

2015Loxton D, Powers J, Anderson AE, Townsend N, Harris ML, Tuckerman R, et al., 'Online and Offline Recruitment of Young Women for a Longitudinal Health Survey: Findings From the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1989-95 Cohort.', J Med Internet Res, 17 e109 (2015)
DOI10.2196/jmir.4261Author URL
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Melissa Harris, Julie Byles
2015Powers JR, Anderson AE, Byles JE, Mishra G, Loxton DJ, 'Do women grow out of risky drinking? A prospective study of three cohorts of Australian women', Drug and Alcohol Review, (2015)

Introduction and Aims: To examine women's drinking behaviour relative to Australian guidelines and identify associated factors over the lifespan. Design and Methods: Data came from three prospective cohorts of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health aged 18-23 (n=14247), 45-50 (n=13715) and 70-75 years (n=12432) when first surveyed in 1996. The same women were re-surveyed at roughly 3-year intervals until 2012. At each survey, four drinking behaviours were based on two guidelines: long-term drinking (no more than two standard drinks per day) and episodic drinking (no more than four standard drinks on an occasion): (i) no risk (within both guidelines); (ii) low episodic risk (less than once a month); high episodic risk (at least once a month); long-term risk (more than two drinks per day regardless of episodic drinking). Results: No risk drinking increased with age, low episodic risk drinking remained almost constant between ages 18 and 39, and high episodic risk drinking declined rapidly. Few women drank at long-term risk. Factors associated with risky drinking varied with age; however, being a past or current smoker consistently increased the risk, and risks for smokers increased with age. Risky drinking was less likely to be practised by women providing care and needing help with daily tasks, or by pregnant women and those living with children. Discussion and Conclusions: Risky drinking behaviour should be addressed in younger women and in those who smoke. Interventions to reduce risky drinking, possibly in combination with reducing smoking, could be offered through general practice centres.

Co-authorsJenny Powers, Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2014Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder PM, Powers J, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Risky drinking patterns are being continued into pregnancy: a prospective cohort study.', PLoS One, 9 e86171 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0086171Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsAlexis Hure, Peta Forder, F Kaylambkin, Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers
2014Hure A, Gresham E, Lai J, Anderson A, Martin J, Fealy S, Blumfield M, 'Nutrition in pregnancy: The balancing act', International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 1 7-12 (2014) [C2]
Co-authorsAlexis Hure
2014Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Women's perceptions of information about alcohol use during pregnancy: a qualitative study.', BMC Public Health, 14 1048 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1186/1471-2458-14-1048Author URL
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, F Kaylambkin, Alexis Hure
2013Loxton D, Powers J, Fitzgerald D, Forder P, Anderson A, Taft A, Hegarty K, 'The Community Composite Abuse Scale: Reliability and Validity of a Measure of Intimate Partner Violence in a Community Survey from the ALSWH', Journal of Women's Health, Issues & Care, 2 (2013) [C1]
Co-authorsJenny Powers, Deborah Loxton, Peta Forder
2013Bowman J, Fletcher A, Wiggers J, Anderson AE, McElwaine K, Bartlem K, et al., 'Psychologists and Smoking Cessation Intervention: Unrealised Potential', Journal of Smoking Cessation, 8 76-84 (2013) [C1]
Co-authorsJohn Wiggers, Jenny Bowman
2013Anderson AE, Bowman JA, Knight J, Wye PM, Terry M, Grimshaw S, Wiggers JH, 'Smoking cessation care provision and support procedures in Australian community mental health centers', Psychiatric Services, 64 707-710 (2013) [C1]

Objective: The study assessed the association of supportive clinical systems and procedures with smoking cessation care at community mental health centers. Methods: Managers (N584) of community mental health centers in New South Wales, Australia, were asked to complete a survey during 2009 about smoking cessation care. Results: Of the 79 managers who responded, 56% reported that the centers assessed smoking for over 60% of clients, and 34% reported that more than 60% of clients received minimum acceptable smoking cessation care. They reported the use of guidelines and protocols (34%), the use of forms to record smoking status (65%), and the practice of always enforcing smoking bans (52%). Minimum acceptable smoking cessation care was associated with encouraging nicotine replacement therapy for staff who smoke (odds ratio [OR]59.42), using forms for recording smoking status (OR55.80), and always enforcing smoking bans (OR53.82). Conclusions: Smoking cessation care was suboptimal, and additional supportive systems and procedures are required to increase its delivery.

CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsJenny Bowman, John Wiggers
2013Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder P, Powers JR, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Predictors of antenatal alcohol use among Australian women: A prospective cohort study', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 120 1366-1374 (2013) [C1]

Objective To identify predictors of antenatal alcohol consumption among women who usually consume alcohol. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). Population or Sample A total of 1969 women sampled from the ALSWH 1973-78 cohort. Methods Women were included if they were pregnant in 2000, 2003, 2006 or 2009. The relationship between antenatal alcohol consumption and sociodemographics, reproductive health, mental health, physical health, health behaviours, alcohol guidelines and healthcare factors was investigated using a multivariate logistic regression model. Main outcome measures Alcohol use during pregnancy. Results Most (82.0%) women continued to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Women were more likely to drink alcohol during pregnancy if they had consumed alcohol on a weekly basis before pregnancy (odds ratio [OR] 1.47; 95% confidence interval [95% CI] 1.13-1.90), binge drank before pregnancy (OR 2.28; 95% CI 1.76-2.94), or if they were pregnant while alcohol guidelines recommended low alcohol versus abstinence (OR 1.60; 95% CI 1.26-2.03). Drinking during pregnancy was less likely if women had a Health Care Card (OR 0.63; 95% CI 0.45-0.88) or if they had ever had fertility problems (OR 0.64; 95% CI 0.48-0.86). Conclusions Most Australian women who drank alcohol continued to do so during pregnancy. Prepregnancy alcohol consumption was one of the main predictors of antenatal alcohol use. Alcohol guidelines, fertility problems and Health Care Card status also impacted antenatal alcohol consumption. © 2013 RCOG.

CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authorsF Kaylambkin, Alexis Hure, Peta Forder, Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers
2013Loxton D, Chojenta C, Anderson AE, Powers JR, Shakeshaft A, Burns L, 'Acquisition and Utilization of Information About Alcohol Use in Pregnancy Among Australian Pregnant Women and Service Providers', Journal of Midwifery & Women¿s Health, 58 523-530 (2013) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsCatherine Chojenta, Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers
2012Carey ML, Anderson AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, 'How well are we meeting haematological cancer survivors' preferences for involvement in treatment decision making?', Patient Education and Counseling, 88 87-92 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authorsMarita Lynagh, Mariko Carey, Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012Paul CL, Carey ML, Anderson AE, Mackenzie LJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Courtney RJ, Clinton-Mcharg TL, 'Cancer patients' concerns regarding access to cancer care: Perceived impact of waiting times along the diagnosis and treatment journey', European Journal of Cancer Care, 21 321-329 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsChris Paul, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Powers JR, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Determinants of pregnant women's compliance with alcohol guidelines: A prospective cohort study', BMC Public Health, 12 1-10 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authorsJenny Powers, Alexis Hure, F Kaylambkin, Deborah Loxton
2011Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Anderson AE, D'Este CA, 'Strategies to increase community-based intervention research aimed at reducing excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm', Drug and Alcohol Review, 30 659-663 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsConor Gilligan, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2010Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Stewart JM, Anderson AE, 'Being sorry is not enough: The sorry state of the evidence base for improving the health of indigenous populations', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 38 566-568 (2010) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 12
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul
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Conference (2 outputs)

2012Anderson AE, Loxton DJ, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Powers JR, 'Compliance with alcohol guidelines for pregnant women: Using data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Journal of Women's Health, Washington, DC (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsJenny Powers, Deborah Loxton, F Kaylambkin
2008Bowman JA, 'Psychologists and smoking cessation intervention: Unrealised potential', 2008 UK National Smoking Cessation Conference - Archive, London (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsJenny Bowman

Report (1 outputs)

2012Dobson A, Byles JE, Brown W, Mishra G, Loxton DJ, Hockey R, et al., 'Adherence to health guidelines: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 90 (2012) [R1]
Co-authorsJenny Powers, Catherine Chojenta, Alexis Hure, Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton

Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$23,994

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20131 grants / $23,994

A life course perspective on the identification of risk factors for low birth weight$23,994

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding bodyHunter Medical Research Institute
Project TeamDoctor Alexis Hure, Associate Professor Deb Loxton, Doctor Catherine Chojenta, Ms Amy Anderson, Doctor Melissa Harris
SchemeProject Grant
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government


Ms Amy Anderson

Alcohol during pregnancy

November 19, 2013

Research from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) has revealed that eight in ten expectant mothers consume alcohol during their pregnancy.

Ms Amy Anderson


Research Academic
Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
Faculty of Health and Medicine

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