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NATIONAL SURVEY OF MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
The most recent SMHWB was conducted from August to December 2007, whereas the previous SMHWB was conducted from May to August 1997.
Frequency of Collection
This is an irregular survey.
Method of Collection
On the first face-to-face contact with the household by an interviewer, general characteristics of the household were obtained from one person in the household aged 18 years or over (the household spokesperson). This information included basic demographic characteristics of all usual residents of the dwelling (eg age and sex) and the relationships between household members (eg spouse, son, daughter, not related), as well as some financial and housing items, such as income and tenure, on behalf of other household members. From the information provided by the household spokesperson, the survey instrument identified those persons in scope of the survey and randomly selected one person aged 16–85 years to be included in the survey. A personal interview was conducted with this randomly selected person. The SMHWB is a voluntary survey.
The most recent SMHWB was published on 23 October 2008, whereas the previous SMHWB was published on 12 March 1998.
National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (cat. no. 4326.0)
National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Users' Guide, 2007 (cat. no. 4327.0)
Technical Manual: National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Confidentialised Unit Record Files (cat. no. 4329.0)
The 2007 SMHWB was designed to provide reliable estimates at the national level. However a range of other geographic characteristics may be available, including state/territory, remoteness areas, section of state, and part of state. Users should exercise caution when using estimates at finer levels of disaggregation due to high sampling errors.
Special tabulations are available on request. Subject to confidentiality and sampling variability constraints, tabulations can be produced from the survey to meet individual requirements. These can be provided in electronic or printed form.
Relationship in the household
Country of birth
Year of arrival
Ever been homeless
Whether studying full-time (15-24 years)
Highest year of school completed
Level of highest non-school qualification
Main field of highest non-school qualification
Year non-school qualification completed
Level of highest educational attainment
Main field of highest educational attainment
This is the second mental health and wellbeing survey, the previous survey was conducted in 1997. Due to differences in how the data were collected, data from 1997 are not strictly comparable with the results from 2007. For more detailed comparisons between the two surveys see Chapter 10 in the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Users' Guide (cat. no. 4327.0).
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