New South Wales Population Health Survey

Client: NSW Ministry of Health

The Social Research Centre has been contracted to conduct the New South Wales Population Health Survey. You may have received a phone call from 02 5776 1201 regarding this study.

Over 15,000 interviews will be undertaken across New South Wales households in the coming months.

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The New South Wales Population Health Survey is being conducted for the NSW Ministry of Health. The Social Research Centre to conduct the telephone interviews required for this survey.

The NSW Population Health Survey is a source of detailed information on health risk factors, service use and behaviours of adults and children. Results enable the estimation of a variety of health indicators, such as adult overweight and obesity, smoking and risky alcohol consumption, at the NSW Local Health District level.

The Survey provide ongoing information on health behaviours, health status and other factors that influence the health of the people of NSW to support planning, implementation and evaluation of health services and programs in NSW.

It is vital that our sample represents all sectors of the NSW population to gather an accurate picture of the attitudes, behaviours and health needs of your community. Feedback on these issues helps the NSW Ministry of Health put measures in place to plan for health system improvements. Your assistance will help the NSW Ministry of Health plan better health services in your community.

The survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. Arrangements can be made for you to participate at any time that is convenient for you.

The survey is entirely voluntary, but your participation is important if the Ministry is to get accurate feedback on health status of the NSW community.

In order to ensure a representative sample as possible, we need to randomly select a person aged 16 years or over in each household.

Any information you provide will be completely confidential and your answers will not be identified as individual responses. Responses are used for research purposes only and are treated in strict confidence. No other agency or department will have access to your details. All information provided is protected by strict Commonwealth and State privacy laws. Please see the SRC’s Privacy Policy for more information.

As this is a very important study for the NSW Ministry of Health we felt residents of NSW would be more receptive to receiving a call from a 02 number.

Your telephone number has been chosen at random from all possible telephone numbers in your area. We find that this is the best way to obtain a representative sample of all NSW residents for our survey. Households with silent numbers are not in the White Pages but it is important that these people are included in the survey.

Your mobile number was randomly generated by computer. We’re calling on mobile phones as well as landlines so we can get a representative sample of people across NSW.

To confirm the bona fides of the NSW Population Health Survey or to receive an answer to general queries, New South Wales residents can call the SRC hotline on 1800 023 040.

If you would like to speak to a member of the research team, you can call the Ministry of Health hotline on 1800 620 277. The hours of operation are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday to speak to somebody. At other times, leave a message and someone will call back.

For general information on the NSW Population Health Survey or to view previous studies, go to the Ministry’s website at: www.health.nsw.gov.au/surveys.

The NSW Ministry of Health also has a feedback form on its website, at the following location: www.health.nsw.gov.au/pages/feedback.aspx