4364.0.55.001 - National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18  
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ABOUT THE NATIONAL HEALTH SURVEY

The 2017-18 National Health Survey is the most recent in a series of Australia-wide health surveys conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The survey was designed to collect a range of information about the health of Australians, including:

  • prevalence of long-term health conditions;
  • health risk factors such as smoking, overweight and obesity, alcohol consumption and physical activity; and
  • demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

The survey was conducted in all states and territories and across urban, rural and remote areas of Australia (excluding very remote areas) from July 2017 to June 2018. The survey included around 21,000 people in over 16,000 private dwellings.

Previous surveys were conducted in 1989-90, 1995, 2001, 2004-05, 2007-08, 2011-12 and 2014-15. Health surveys conducted by the ABS in 1977-78 and 1983, while not part of the National Health Survey series, collected similar information.

This publication contains key results from the 2017-18 survey, including long-term health conditions, health risk factors and mental health and well-being. Information is presented for Australia and the states and territories.