4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Jul 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/07/2003   
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Enumeration of the 2003 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) is due to commence in June 2003 and will continue through to November 2003. Results from the survey are expected to be released from late May 2004.

This will be the 5th large scale survey of disability, ageing and carers conducted by the ABS since 1981. At the request of users of the survey data, the 2003 survey will be largely a repeat of the 1998 SDAC, with particular emphasis on maintaining comparability with measurement of 'disability' and 'severity of disability'. The survey will be conducted in about 13,000 private dwellings throughout Australia, and will also include about 800 cared accommodation establishments (hospitals, aged care accommodation, cared components of retirement villages and other homes with a cared component).

The SDAC seeks information on three key population groups: people aged 60 and over, people with disabilities and their carers. This survey is the only source of information on the assistance requirements of these groups, the extent to which these requirements are met, and the characteristics of those with unmet need. It also provides information on participation in economic and community activities. The survey is the major source of national statistics on carers and primary carers: numbers and characteristics of carers, care relationships, activities for which informal care is provided, and for primary carers, support available and required, and the effects of the caring role on their lives.

For further information:
Contact : Ken Black (02) 6252 7430


Contact: Margaret Sherley (02) 6252 5544