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NATIONAL HEALTH SURVEY
The reference period for the 2004-05 NHS, and the 2004-05 NATSIHS, was August 2004 until July 2005. The most recent NHS was conducted from August 2007 to July 2008. The next NATSIHS is scheduled for 2010-2011.
The NHS is conducted three yearly. The NATSIHS is conducted six yearly.
Method of collection
Trained ABS interviewers conducted personal interviews with selected residents in selected dwellings. One person aged 18 years and over in each dwelling was selected and interviewed about their own health characteristics. An adult, nominated by the household, was interviewed about one child in the household. Selected children aged 15–17 years may have been personally interviewed with parental consent. An adult, nominated by the household, was also asked to provide some information about the household, such as the income of other household members. Body Mass Index (BMI) was calculated for the first time in 2004-05 using measured, rather than reported, weight and height of respondents.
The results of the 2004-05 National Health Survey were released in February 2006. Results from the 2007-08 NHS are expected to be released in 2009.
National Health Survey: Summary of Results, Australia 2004-05 (ABS cat. no. 4364.0)
National Health Survey 2004–05: Users' Guide - Electronic Publication (ABS cat.no 4363.0.55.001)
National Health Survey and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2004/5: Data Reference Package (ABS cat. no. 4363.0.55.002)
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2004–05: Summary of Results, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4715.0)
Information Paper: National Health Survey - Confidentialised Unit Record Files 2004-05 (ABS cat. no. 4324.0)
Data are available for Australia, the states, and the ACT. Separate estimates for the Northern Territory are not available. Some data may be available for major urban, other urban, bounded locality (remote) and rural balance, statistical divisions and for health regions (defined by each state health authority).
National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State Tables, 2004-05 (ABS cat. no. 4362.0) provide results in Excel spreadsheet form from this survey for Australia, the states, and the ACT.
National Health Survey - Confidential Unit Record Files, 2004-05 (ABS cat.no. 4324.0.55.001) comprises a basic CURF available on CD-ROM, and an Expanded CURF (containing more detailed information than on the Basic CURF), which is accessible through the ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) system.
Special tabulations are also available on request. Subject to confidentiality and sampling variability constraints, tabulations can be produced from the survey incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements.
A list of data items available from the survey is contained in National Health Survey and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2004–05: Data Reference Package 2004-05 (ABS cat no 4363.0.55.002).
Country of birth
Year of arrival
Main language spoken at home
Proficiency in spoken English
Relationship in household
Highest year of school completed
Whether has a non-school qualification
Level of highest non-school qualification
Type of educational institution currently attending
Whether currently studying full-time or part-time
Main field of highest non-school qualification
Level of highest post-school educational attainment
Health-related actions (e.g. consultations)
Health risk factors (e.g. smoking)
Health status indicators
The 2004-05 National Health Survey is the sixth in the series of Australia-wide health surveys conducted by the ABS; previous surveys were conducted in 1977–78, 1983, 1989–90, 1995 and 2001. Overall, results from these surveys are broadly comparable. There are some differences in survey design, methodology, classifications, etc between the surveys which may affect the interpretation of apparent changes in health characteristics over time. Further information about the comparability of data between surveys is contained in the electronic publication National Health Survey 2004–05: Users' Guide.
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