2020 ACT General Health Survey

Client: ACT Health

You may be selected to participate in the 2020 ACT General Health Survey during October to December.

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The impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the entire Australian population has been unprecedented. Although the ACT General Health Survey is not a COVID-19 study, the pandemic has demonstrated the need for timely, reliable and targeted information to enable ACT Health to plan and develop public health programs and policies.

Since 2007, ACT Health has been conducting this phone survey yearly with randomly-selected individuals to collect information about the health, lifestyles and wellbeing of ACT residents. Our target is to survey 1,200 adults aged 16+ years and 1,000 children aged 5-15 years living in Canberra.

ACT Health has contracted the Social Research Centre to conduct the telephone interviews required for this survey. You may have received a phone call from 0261476402 (02 6147 6402) regarding this study.

The survey will start 6th October and will run over an eight-week period. The survey time may be extended if we haven’t reached our target of 1,200 adults and 1,000 children.

The ongoing collection of information on health status and behaviours is used to plan and develop public health programs and policies. The survey is important because national health surveys tend to only include a small number of people from the ACT, and so can’t always be used to accurately describe the health status of the ACT population.

If you are selected, trained interviewers will complete the survey with you by phone at a time convenient to you. The survey takes around15 to 20 minutes to complete. Your participation is entirely voluntary. It is important, however, that we speak to as many people as possible to ensure the survey results accurately reflect the views and experiences of the community.

No, the survey is not compulsory, however, it is important that we speak to as many individuals as possible. Participation is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time.

The 2020 survey will only be administered by phone. Future surveys may be conducted online.

No, only those who are randomly selected will be eligible to participate in this survey. This will ensure that our sample represents the ACT community.

You will be asked questions about your health, including self-rated health, oral health, nutrition, physical activity, alcohol consumption, tobacco use and mental health. You will also be asked for your (and your child’s, if applicable) height and weight measurements.

Yes! The results are reported on the HealthStats ACT website and in the ACT Chief Health Officer’s report.

An Australian company that provides phone numbers for market and social research has supplied us with a list of mobile numbers, verified as belonging to ACT residents. Your name, address and telephone number will not be retained or shared with any other individual, agency or department.

All information you provide will be treated in strict confidence. The results will only be used for planning and research purposes. The survey has been approved by the ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). If you have any concerns or complaints about the survey, you may contact the HREC secretariat on (02) 6174 7968 or ethics@act.gov.au.

ACT Health has appointed the Social Research Centre, part of the Australian National University, to conduct the survey. If selected, an interviewer will call you to ask you to participate. Arrangements can be made for you to take part at a time convenient to you. For more information or to opt out, call the survey freecall number 1800 023 040 or email HealthSurvey@act.gov.au.