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SA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Although topics covered by the HOS vary from survey to survey, a common list of topics and data items follows:
Demographic data items:
Marital status, level of education, work status, age, Aboriginal status, occupation, sex, income.
Health data items:
Health service use, health instruments, cancer, chronic conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis), injury, diet and nutrition, immunisation, alcohol consumption, body mass index (height and weight), child abuse/neglect, child health, physical activity, smoking.
Seventy-seven percent of the sample is selected from the Adelaide metropolitan area with the remainder being drawn from those country areas with a population of 1,000 or more (based on Australian Bureau of Statistics 1996 Census information). Postcode data are retained in the data sets provided to user organisations.
AVAILABILITY OF DATA AND PUBLICATIONS
During analysis, the survey data are weighted to the sex, age and geographical area profile of the population of interest and the probability of selection within a household so that the survey findings are applicable to that population as a whole. The most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Residential Population data are used for the weighting process.
Written reports and data (in SPSS format) from the HOS are provided to the organisations funding the survey. Access to the data is only available by contacting the organisation who owns the data.
Additional details about the HOS are available in a Prospectus. Details on the HOS methodology and how to obtain the Prospectus are available via the 'Data Sources - Health Omnibus' section of the Population Research and Outcome Studies Unit website.
A range of publications and reports are also available on the Population Research and Outcome Studies Unit website.
Population Research and Outcome Studies Unit
Ph: 08 8313 1211
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