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During the Assessment Centre visits, children and parents went through a series of short activities at different booths (see below) which were generally interesting and fun to do. Most activities were done one-on-one with a member of our trained research team. Our assessments followed standard operation procedures; for more information see Technical documents.


Data showcase

CheckPoint collected a wide array of physical health measures. Each “station” focused on a particular area of health, and participants travelled between these stations during their visit. This allowed the CheckPoint team to centralize specialized equipment and trained staff for each of the content areas. 

  • CheckPoint measures fall into four broad categories: 


  • A high proportion of participants agreed to provide biological samples. The table below shows the number and proportion of participants providing each sample type.





1701 (91%)

1797 (96%)

   Venous blood

1243 (66%)

1373 (73%)

   Dried blood spot

1428 (76%)

1473 (79%)

Saliva/buccal swab

1771 (95%)

1782 (95%)

+ 1098 2nd parents


1375 (73%)

1392 (74%)

   Buccal swab

  389 (21%)

  390 (21%)

+ 1098 2nd parents


1597 (85%)

1686 (90%)

Hair sample

1390 (74%)

1439 (77%)

Toenail clipping

1586 (85%)



How to access the data? 

The Growing Up in Australia and Child Health CheckPoint datasets are available to researchers and policy makers for no cost under licence. Data access requests are co-ordinated by the National Centre for Longitudinal Data; see

Access to additional CheckPoint data (such as digital images) and biospecimens will be considered, on application to the CheckPoint Data and Biospecimen Access Committees. Access is granted on a cost-recovery basis, with the understanding that the newly generated data will be included in future releases of the CheckPoint dataset. Data and Biospecimens Access policies are in development and will be made available on this website. 

Technical documents