4364.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: First Results, 2011-12  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/10/2012  First Issue
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Contents >> About the Australian Health Survey


The 2011-13 Australian Health Survey (AHS) is the largest and most comprehensive health survey ever conducted in Australia. This survey, conducted throughout Australia, was designed to collect a range of information from Australians about health related issues, including health status, risk factors, actions, and socioeconomic circumstances. In 2011-13, the AHS collected new information on nutrition and physical activity, as well as the first national biomedical information collection.

These new components in the health survey have been made possible by additional funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as well as the National Heart Foundation of Australia, and the contributions of these two organisations to improving health information in Australia through quality statistics are greatly valued.

Results presented in this publication include:
  • general health status measures;
  • health related aspects of lifestyle and other health risk factors; and
  • long term health conditions.

The statistics presented in this first release are indicative of the extensive range of data available from the survey and demonstrate some of the analytical potential of the survey results.

Further results will be released progressively through 2012-14 and will cover topics such as:
  • health service use and other actions people had recently taken for their health;
  • detailed information on dietary intake;
  • comprehensive information on physical activity and sedentary behaviour;
  • information on biomedical health measures; and
  • representative results for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

The 2011-13 AHS was developed with the assistance of an advisory group comprised of experts in health issues. Members of this advisory group were drawn from Commonwealth and state/territory government agencies, non-government organisations and relevant academic institutions. The valuable contributions made by members of the survey advisory group are greatly appreciated.

Finally, the success of the 2011-13 AHS was dependent on the very high level of cooperation received from the Australian public. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated; without it, the range of statistics published by the ABS would not be possible. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.

This section contains the following subsection :
      Structure of the AHS
      Release timetable

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