4727.0.55.005 - Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Nutrition Results - Food and Nutrients, 2012-13  
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STRUCTURE OF THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH SURVEY

This publication is one of several ABS releases from the 2012-13 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS). The AATSIHS has three components:

the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)

the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NATSINPAS)

the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey (NATSIHMS).

All people included in the AATSIHS were selected in either the NATSIHS or the NATSINPAS, however data items in the 'Core' were common to both surveys and therefore information for these data items is available for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in the AATSIHS.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 years and over who were selected in either the NATSIHS or NATSINPAS were also invited to participate in the voluntary NATSIHMS component.

The following diagram shows how the various components combine to provide comprehensive health information for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The contents (and age of respondents by topic) for each component survey are listed below.



As shown in the diagram, around 13,400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participated in either the NATSIHS or NATSINPAS, answering questions about topics such as long-term health conditions, health risk factors, tobacco smoking and self-assessed health, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Around 12,900 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were included in the Core and 4,100 participated in the NATSINPAS only.

Also as indicated in the diagram, there are questionnaire content differences across non-remote and remote areas. Information about private health insurance, second day dietary recall, pedometer use, and physical activity for 2-4 year olds were not collected in remote areas. In addition, different questions were used to collect employment and physical activity data in non-remote and remote areas.

For more information on the release schedule of AATSIHS products, see the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey: Users' Guide, 2012-13 (cat. no. 4727.0.55.002) and the Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13 (cat. no. 4363.0.55.001).