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4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jul 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/08/2001   
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DATA COLLECTION ACTIVITIES


SPORTING FACILITIES IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

The 2001 Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey (CHINS) is now in the field. The CHINS is a survey of housing and infrastructure in Indigenous Australian communities. The information from the CHINS is intended to assist in the evaluation of policies and programs designed to improve housing and infrastructure services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in discrete communities and other community managed housing. The survey will include questions on sporting facilities (e.g. sports grounds and swimming pools) and their frequency of use. Data are expected to be released in February 2002.


ARE AUSTRALIANS MORE LIKELY TO EXERCISE THAN IN THE PAST?

Do active people use fewer medical services? Are they less likely to smoke? Do they weigh more or less than sedentary people? The ABS 2001 National Health Survey (NHS), which will collect data to help answer these questions, is underway. This is the fifth large scale survey of health conducted by the ABS since 1977. The survey is being conducted in about 20,000 private dwellings across Australia over the period from February to December 2001. The sample for the survey will be smaller than the previous NHS conducted in 1995. While mainly covering people aged 15 years and over, some data on children will also be collected. The exercise questions will only be asked of adults and will be the same as those used in the 1995 NHS, thus allowing for a comparison over time of exercise levels of the Australian population. Results of the survey are expected to become available from September 2002.


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