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4364.0.55.005 - Australian Health Survey: Biomedical Results for Chronic Diseases, 2011-12  
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Contents >> About the National Health Measures Survey >> Structure of the Australian Health Survey

THE STRUCTURE OF THE AUSTRALIAN HEALTH SURVEY

This publication is one of several ABS releases for the 2011–13 Australian Health Survey (AHS) and is the first publication of biomedical results.

The AHS is the largest, most comprehensive health survey ever conducted in Australia. It combines the existing ABS National Health Survey (NHS) and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey together with two new elements - a National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NNPAS) and a National Health Measures Survey (NHMS).

The following diagram shows how the various elements combine to provide comprehensive health information for the overall Australian population. The content for each component survey is listed along with the ages of respondents for which topics were collected.


STRUCTURE OF THE 2011–13 AUSTRALIAN HEALTH SURVEY

 Image: Graphic representation of the structure of the 2011-13 Australian Health Survey

As shown in the above diagram, the AHS is made up of 3 components:
  • the National Health Survey (NHS);
  • the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NNPAS); and
  • the National Health Measures Survey (NHMS)

All people selected in the AHS were selected in either the NHS or the NNPAS, however data items in the 'Core' were common to both surveys and therefore information for these data items is available for all persons in the AHS. All people aged 5 years and over were then invited to participate in the voluntary NHMS. This sample design allows comparisons across a wide range of information about people's health, as well as use of this information in the estimation process.

The NHMS had approximately 11,000 participants aged 5 years and over across Australia. Respondents voluntarily provided blood and urine samples, which were then analysed for specific chronic disease and nutrition biomarkers. See Appendix A for the full list of tests conducted.


INFORMATION FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE

The AHS also includes an additional representative sample of around 13,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which was collected between April 2012 and July 2013. This is a separate collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote and non-remote areas, including discrete communities. The structure is the same as outlined above, comprised of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey component, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey component and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey component. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey will provide the first biomedical results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the population level and provides a unique opportunity to compare results with the non-Indigenous population.

The results from these surveys will be released progressively from November 2013. For more information on future releases see Release schedule.


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