Social Research Centre

2023 ACT General Health Survey

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Research Areas

Attitudes +
Values

Health +
Wellbeing

Project Status

Intention
Invitation
Involvement
Insights
Impact

Since 2007, ACT Health has been conducting telephone surveys yearly with randomly selected individuals to collect information about the health, lifestyles and wellbeing of ACT residents.  Information about ACT Health and the ACT General Health Survey can be found on ACT Health’s website

Partner

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Aims + Outcomes

The target is to survey 1,200 ACT residents aged 16+ years and 1,000 ACT children aged 5 to 15 years.

Methods

The survey will start 3rd October and will run over an eight-week period. The survey time may be extended if we haven’t reached our target of 1,200 adults and 1,000 children.

If you are selected, trained interviewers will complete the survey with you by phone at a time convenient to you. The survey takes around 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Your participation is entirely voluntary. It is important, however, that we speak to as many people as possible to ensure the survey results accurately reflect the views and experiences of the community.

Insight


25%

Master project template 2: insight 1. 25% of … say that … this is a test.


20%

Master project template 2: Of those who were a part in activities, around 1 in 5 were representing their town, city or state.


1 in 10

Master project template: An upward trend in student interest in x,y,z and 1 in 10 students mentioned that this was a sample insight.

Impact

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Reports

Statistics and indicators 

Have you been contacted about participating in this study?

Who participates?

The target is to survey 1,200 ACT residents aged 16+ years and 1,000 ACT children aged 5 to 15 years.

What are the benefits?

The ongoing collection of information on health status and behaviours is used to plan and develop public health programs and policies. The survey is important because national health surveys tend to only include a small number of people from the ACT, and so can’t always be used to accurately describe the health status of the ACT population.

How does it work?

If you are selected, trained interviewers will complete the survey with you by phone at a time convenient to you. The survey takes around 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Your participation is entirely voluntary. It is important, however, that we speak to as many people as possible to ensure the survey results accurately reflect the views and experiences of the community.

How do we ensure privacy is protected?

The Social Research Centre complies with the Australian Privacy Principles. All personal contact information such as name, email and phone number is removed from the final data. Your responses will be de-identified, held in the strictest confidence and will not be disclosed to other organisations for marketing or research purposes. The responses of everyone who participates in this survey will be combined for analysis. Please see the SRC’s Privacy Policy.

FAQ's

Is the survey compulsory?

No, the survey is not compulsory, however, it is important that we speak to as many individuals as possible. Participation is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time.

Can I do the survey online?

The 2023 survey will only be administered by phone. Future surveys may be conducted online.

Can I do the survey if I’m not selected? 

No, only those who are randomly selected will be eligible to participate in this survey. This will ensure that our sample represents the ACT community.

What information is collected

You will be asked questions about your health, including self-rated health, oral health, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, alcohol consumption, tobacco use, e-cigarette use and mental health. You will also be asked for your (and your child’s, if applicable) height and weight measurements.

How did ACT Health get my phone number

An Australian company that provides phone numbers for market and social research has supplied us with a list of mobile numbers, verified as belonging to ACT residents. Your name, address and telephone number will not be retained or shared with any other individual, agency or department.

What happens to the information collected?

All information you provide will be treated in strict confidence. The results will only be used for planning and research purposes. The survey has been approved by the ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). If you have any concerns or complaints about the survey, you may contact the HREC secretariat on (02) 5124 3949 or (02) 5124 5659 or ethics@act.gov.au.

What do I do now?

ACT Health has appointed the Social Research Centre, part of the Australian National University, to conduct the survey. If selected, an interviewer will call you to ask you to participate. Arrangements can be made for you to take part at a time convenient to you. For more information or to opt out, call the survey freecall number 1800 023 040 or email HealthSurvey@act.gov.au.

Resources

Full Analysis Report (Population Health Test)

Full Analysis Report (Population Health Test)

Get in Touch

Contact

What do I do now? 

For more information or to opt out, call the survey freecall number 1800 023 040 or email HealthSurvey@act.gov.au