4363.0.55.001 - National Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2001  
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Contents >> Appendix 13 - Content of the 2001 National Health Survey (Indigenous)

DEMOGRAPHICS

General:
Sparsely-settled areas
Sex
yes
Age
yes
Registered marital status
yes
Social marital status
yes
Indigenous Status
yes
Country of birth
no
Year of arrival in Australia
no
Main language other than English spoken at home
yes
Proficiency in spoken English
no
Family type
yes
Household type
yes
Relationship in household
yes
Number of persons in household
yes
Number of adults in household
yes

Education:
Sparsely-settled
areas
Age left school
yes
Highest year of school completed
yes
Whether has post-school qualification
yes
Level of highest post-school qualification
yes
Type of nursing qualification completed
yes
Type of teaching qualification completed
yes
Time taken to complete study full-time
yes
Whether currently studying
yes
Education attendance
yes
Education status
yes

Labour force (15+ years):
Sparsely-settled
areas
Labour force status
yes
Full time/Part time status
yes
Working arrangements
no
Occupation
yes
Industry
no
Whether did shift work in past 4 weeks
no
Type of shift work
no
Usual hours worked per week
yes
Whether looking for work in past 4 weeks
yes
Actions taken to look for work
yes
Duration of unemployment
no

Income (15+ years):
Sparsely-settled
areas
Sources of personal income
yes
Personal gross weekly income (all sources)
yes
Main source of personal income
yes
Type of govt pension/allowance received
no
Sources of spouse/partner income
yes
Gross weekly income for spouse/partner
yes
Income unit type
yes
Income unit gross weekly income
yes

Housing:
Sparsely-settled
areas
Dwelling type
yes
Number of bedrooms
yes

Geography:
Sparsely-settled
areas
Capital city/Rest of state
no
Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA)
yes


HEALTH STATUS INDICATORS


Topic: General health (15+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Quality of life measure (for 18+ years only)
no
Self-assessed health status
yes
Health transition
yes

Topic: Diabetes
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether ever told have diabetes/high blood sugar by doctor/nurse
yes
Age first told have diabetes/high blood sugar
yes
Type of diabetes ever told
no
Whether currently has diabetes/high blood sugar
yes
Whether diabetes/high blood sugar has lasted or is expected to last for 6 months or more
no
Whether currently has daily insulin injections
yes
Age first started daily insulin injections
no
Whether used medication for diabetes/high blood sugar in last 2 weeks (excludes insulin)
yes
Type of medication used for diabetes in last 2 weeks
no
Number of medications used for diabetes in last 2 weeks
no
Whether changes made to diet due to diabetes/high blood sugar
yes
Whether took any other actions for diabetes/high blood sugar in last 2 weeks
yes
Types of other actions taken to manage diabetes/high blood sugar in last 2 weeks
yes
Whether diabetes/high blood sugar interfered with usual activities in last 12 months
no
Type of activities interfered with
no

Topic: Asthma
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether ever told have asthma by doctor/nurse
yes
Whether currently has asthma
yes
Asthma status
yes
Whether has written asthma action plan
no
Source of written asthma action plan
no
Whether used medication for asthma in last 2 weeks
yes
Type of medication used for asthma in last 2 weeks
no
Number of medications used for asthma in last 2 weeks
no
Whether medication used for prevention and/or relief
no
Whether used nebuliser in last 2 weeks to administer medication
no
Whether taken other actions for asthma in last 2 weeks
yes
Types of other actions taken for asthma in last 2 weeks
yes

Topic: Asthma symptoms (18 - 44 years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether chest ever sounded wheezy or whistly when breathing out
no
Period since chest last sounded wheezy or whistly
no
Whether ever woken at night by shortness of breath or own coughing
no
Period since last woken at night by shortness of breath or own coughing
no
Whether had wheezy chest during physical exertion in last 12 months
no
Frequency of wheezy chest during physical exertion
no
Whether had coughing bout during physical exertion in last 12 months
no
Frequency of coughing bouts during physical exertion
no
Presence of asthma symptoms
no

Topic: Cardiovascular conditions
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether ever told have cardiovascular condition by doctor/nurse
yes
Type of cardiovascular condition told have
yes
Whether currently has cardiovascular condition
yes
Type of cardiovascular condition currently has
yes
Whether used medication for cardiovascular condition
in last 2 weeks
yes
Whether know which condition(s) medication is for
yes
Type of medication used for cardiovascular condition in last 2 weeks
no
Number of medications used for cardiovascular conditions
no
Whether used medication for unknown condition
yes

Topic: Cancer
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether ever told have cancer by doctor/nurse
yes
Type (main site) of cancer told have by doctor/nurse
yes
Type of skin cancer told have
no
Age first told had breast cancer
yes
Whether currently has cancer
yes
Type (main site) of cancer currently has
yes
Type of skin cancer currently has
no
Cancer status
yes
Whether used medication for cancer in last 2 weeks
yes
Type of medication used for cancer in last 2 weeks
no
Number of medications used for cancer in last 2 weeks
no

Topic: Long term conditions (derived)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether has long term condition
yes
Number of long term conditions
yes
Type of long term condition
yes

Topic: Other long term conditions
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether colour blind
no
Whether currently wears glasses or contact lenses to correct eyesight
yes
Type of sight problems corrected by glasses or contact lenses
yes
Whether has any other problems with sight
yes
Whether other sight problems can be corrected by glasses or contact lenses
yes
Whether has sight problems that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses
yes
Types of sight problems that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses
yes
Whether any sight problems reported due to diabetes/high blood sugar
yes
Types of sight problems due to diabetes/high blood sugar
yes
Period since consulted eye specialist/optometrist about sight problems due to diabetes/high blood sugar
yes
Whether has hearing problem
yes
Type of hearing problem
yes
Whether currently has arthritis or related condition
yes
Type of arthritis or related condition
no
Whether has other long term condition (not previously identified)
yes
Type of other long term conditions
yes

Topic: Injuries - long term
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether any conditions reported were work related
no
Types of conditions that were work related
no
Whether any conditions reported were due to injury
yes
Types of conditions that were due to injury
yes
Whether injury received at work
yes
Whether injury received in motor vehicle accident
yes
Whether injury received during exercise/sport
yes

Topic: Injuries - short term
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether injured in last 4 weeks
yes
Whether injury resulted in defined action
yes
Number of injury events
yes
Type of injury event (for most recent 3 occasions)
yes
Type of injury sustained (on each occasion)
yes
Part of body injured (on each occasion)
yes
Whether injured while working (on each occasion)
yes
Activity when injury event occurred (on each occasion)
yes
Place where injury event occurred (on each occasion)
yes
Whether attended hospital for injury (on each occasion)
yes
Type of hospital attendance for injury (on each occasion)
yes
Source of professional advice or attention received for injury (on each occasion)
yes
Whether injury resulted in any days off work/school (on each occasion)
yes
Whether injury resulted in any other days of reduced activity (on each occasion)
no



HEALTH RISK FACTORS


Topic: Adult immunisation (50+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether ever had influenza vaccination
yes
Whether had influenza vaccination in last 12 months
yes
Whether influenza vaccination obtained by prescription
no
Whether influenza vaccination free of charge
no
Whether ever had pneumococcus vaccination
yes
Whether had pneumococcus vaccination in last 5 years
yes

Topic: Smoking (18+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether current smoker
yes
Smoker status (ex smoker, current smoker, non smoker)
yes
Whether other regular smokers in household
yes
Number of regular smokers in household
yes

Topic: Alcohol consumption (18+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Day of interview
yes
Period since last consumed alcohol
yes
Days alcohol consumed on in last week
yes
Days of most recent 3 occasions
yes
Type and quantity of alcohol consumed (on each occasion)
yes
Average daily consumption
yes
Alcohol risk level
yes
Whether alcohol consumption more/less/same as usual
yes

Topic: Body mass (15+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Self-assessed body mass
yes
Self-reported weight
yes
Self-reported height
yes
Body mass index
yes

Topic: Exercise (15+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether walked for sport, recreation or fitness in last 2 weeks
no
Number of times walked in last 2 weeks
no
Time spent walking in last 2 weeks
no
Average time spent walking
no
Whether exercised moderately in last 2 weeks
no
Number of exercised moderately in last 2 weeks
no
Time spent exercising moderately in last 2 weeks
no
Average time exercising moderately
no
Whether exercised vigorously in last 2 weeks
no
Number of times exercised vigorously in last 2 weeks
no
Time spent exercising vigorously in last 2 weeks
no
Average time exercising vigorously
no
Exercise level
no
Weekly time spent exercising
no

Topic: Dietary indicators (12+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Usual daily fruit intake
no
Usual daily vegetable intake
no
Type of milk usually consumed
no
Frequency of adding salt to food after cooking
no
Whether deliberately consumed folate/folic acid in last 2 weeks
no
Source of folate/folic acid
no
Whether ran out of food and couldn't afford to buy more in last 12 months
no



HEALTH RELATED ACTIONS

Topic: Hospital in-patient episodes
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether admitted to hospital in last 12 months
yes
Number of times admitted to hospital in last 12 months
yes
Number of nights in hospital (most recent stay)
yes
Whether discharged from hospital in last 2 weeks
yes
Patient type (Medicare/private)
yes

Topic: Visits to casualty/emergency
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether visited casualty/emergency in last 2 weeks
yes
Number of times visited casualty/emergency in last 2 weeks
yes

Topic: Visits to outpatients
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether visited outpatients in last 2 weeks
yes
Number of times visited outpatients in last 2 weeks
yes
Whether outpatients visit related to hospital admission
no

Topic: Visits to day clinics
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether visited day clinic in last 2 weeks
no
Number of times visited day clinic in last 2 weeks
no

Topic: Doctor consultations
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether consulted GP in last 2 weeks
yes
Number of times consulted GP in last 2 weeks
yes
Whether consulted specialist in last 2 weeks
yes
Number of times consulted specialist in last 2 weeks
yes
Period since last consulted doctor (GP or specialist)
yes

Topic: Dental consultations
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether consulted dentist in last 2 weeks
yes
Number of times consulted dentist in last 2 weeks
yes
Period since last consulted dentist
yes

Topic: Consultations with Other Health Professionals
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether consulted OHP in last 2 weeks
yes
Type of OHP consulted in last 2 weeks
yes
Most recent OHP consulted
no
Number of times consulted most recent OHP
no
Second most recent OHP consulted
no
Number of times consulted second most recent OHP
no

Topic: Days off work
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether had days off work in last 2 weeks due to own illness or injury
yes
Number of days off work in last 2 weeks due to own illness or injury
no
Whether had days off work in last 2 weeks to care for another
no
Number of days off work as carer
no

Topic: Days off school/study
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether had days off school/study in last 2 weeks due to own illness or injury
yes
Number of days off school/study in last 2 weeks due to own illness or injury
no

Topic: Other days of reduced activity
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether had other days of reduced activity in last 2 weeks due to own illness or injury
no
Number of other days of reduced activity in last 2 weeks due to own illness or injury
no

Topic: Health insurance (15+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether currently covered by private health insurance
no
Type of membership
no
Type of cover
no
Period covered by health insurance
no
Reasons for having health insurance
no
Reasons for not having health insurance
no

Topic: Health cards (15+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether covered by DVA entitlement card
no
Type (colour) of entitlement card
no
Whether has other government health benefit/entitlement card
no
Type of other health card
no

Topic: Health related actions (derived)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether health related action taken
yes
Types of health related actions taken
yes



SUPPLEMENTARY CHILDREN'S HEALTH TOPICS

Topic: Children's immunisation (0 - 6 years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether immunisation cards/records used at interview
no
Reported immunisation level
no
Main reason child not immunised
no
Main reason did not continue with immunisation schedule
no
Factors influencing decision to immunise
no
Immunisation status (Diphtheria, Tetanus, whooping cough, Hep B, polio, HIB, measles, mumps, rubella)
no
Immunisation status for vaccination by age group
no
Immunisation status against full schedule for age group
no

Topic: Breastfeeding (0 - 3 years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether child ever breastfed
yes
Whether child currently being breastfed
yes
Whether child breastfed when first came home from hospital
no
Whether child ever given infant formula regularly
no
Age first given infant formula regularly
no
Whether child ever given cow's milk regularly
no
Age first given cow's milk regularly
no
Whether child ever given other milk substitutes regularly
no
Types of other milk substitutes given regularly
no
Age first given other milk substitutes regularly
no
Whether child ever given solid food
no
Age first given solid food
no
Total time child breastfed
no
Total time child partially breastfed
no
Main reason mother stopped breastfeeding
no

Topic: Sun Protection (0 - 17 years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether child taken sun protection measures in last month
no
Types of measures taken
no
Whether regular check on moles and freckles
no



SUPPLEMENTARY WOMEN'S HEALTH TOPICS

Topic: Breast cancer screening (18+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether regularly examines own breasts for lumps
no
Frequency of self examinations
no
Whether ever had breast examination by doctor or medical assistant
no
Whether has regular breast examinations by doctor or medical assistant
no
Frequency of breast examinations by doctor or medical assistant
no
Whether ever heard of a mammogram
yes
Whether ever had a mammogram
yes
Period since last mammogram
no
Whether has regular mammograms
yes
Usual time period between mammograms
no
Reasons for last mammogram
yes
Types of regular breast examinations had
no

Topic: Cervical cancer screening (18+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether ever heard of a Pap smear test
yes
Whether ever had a Pap smear test
yes
Period since last Pap smear test
no
Whether has regular Pap Smear tests
yes
Usual time period between Pap smear tests
no

Topic: Hysterectomy (18+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether had a hysterectomy
no
Age when had hysterectomy
no
Period since had hysterectomy
no

Topic: Hormone replacement treatment (18+ years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether currently use HRT
no
Period since started using HRT
no

Topic: Breastfeeding (18 - 64 years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Number of babies ever had
yes
Whether children ever breastfed
yes
Number of children breastfed
yes
Number of months breastfed each child
yes
Total number of months children breastfed
yes
Average number of months breastfed each child
yes

Topic: Fertility, contraception and protection
(18 - 49 years)
Sparsely-settled
areas
Whether ever taken contraceptive pill
no
Whether currently take contraceptive pill
yes
Age first took contraceptive pill
no
Self and/or partner - fertility, contraceptive methods and protection
yes
Reasons contraception not used by self and/or partner
no


Note: The 2001 NHS(I) content did not include the following mental health data items that were included in the 2001 NHS.
Topic: Mental health (18+ years)
Kessler Psychological Distress Scale 10 (K10) questions
K10 score
Whether accomplished less in past 4 weeks
Whether less care with work/other activities in past 4 weeks
Whether taken medication for mental health
Type of medication taken for mental health
Number of medications used for mental health
Duration of medication use
Frequency of medication use


Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Survey Design and Operation

Chapter 3 - Health Status Indicators

Chapter 4 - Health Related Actions

Chapter 5 - Health Risk Factors

Chapter 6 - Population Characteristics

Chapter 7 - Data Quality and Interpretation of results

Chapter 8 - Data Output and Dissemination
Appendix 1 - Glossary of Terms Used

Appendix 2 - Sample Counts and Weighted Estimates

Appendix 3 - Classification of Long-term Medical Conditions: Based on ICD-10

Appendix 4 - Classification of Long-term Medical Conditions: Based on ICD-9

Appendix 5 - Classification of Long-term Medical Conditions: ICPC Based

Appendix 6 - Classification of Type of Medication

Appendix 7 - Classification of Country of Birth

Appendix 8 - Classification of Language Spoken at Home
Appendix 9 - Classification of Occupation

Appendix 10 - Classification of Industry of Employment

Appendix 11 - Classification of Types of Alcoholic Drinks

Appendix 12 - Standard Errors

Appendix 13 - Content of the 2001 National Health Survey (Indigenous)

Appendix 14 - List of Abbreviations



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