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Population Health Survey Module System

The Population Health Survey Module System (PHSMS) is an omnibus-type service, managed by Wellbeing SA, that is available to support the collection of population health data regarding the health and wellbeing of the South Australian community.

Population health surveys play an important role in enabling evidence based action across the health system; ensuring policy makers, service providers, researchers and other professionals are informed about health and wellbeing needs across the community and the performance of health programs, services and systems.

Commissioning a survey in the field of epidemiology however, can be time consuming, costly and requires expertise to ensure proper survey design, data collection and analysis.

Managed by Wellbeing SA’s Epidemiology Branch, the Population Health Survey Module System allows several agencies or organisations to subscribe and share the overall costs of conducting a survey.

The Population Health Survey Module System, is available to support reliable, evidence based and ethical data collection on a range of population health and wellbeing issues within South Australia. The survey aims to provide an alternative data source for indicators not already covered in the South Australian Population Health Survey (SAPHS)

Benefits of using the Population Health Survey Module System

The benefits of subscribers using the Population Health Survey Module System rather than facilitating their own data collection include:

  • an epidemiological survey with sound methodology, analysis and reporting
  • a representative sample of South Australians
  • a cost effective option to be included in a larger survey
  • faster collection of data
  • consolidated ethics approvals (in one application facilitated by the Department for Health and Wellbeing)
  • an opportunity to share data with others
  • access to standard demographic questions (provided to all subscribers) at no additional cost.

Who can use the Population Health Survey Module System?

Government agencies, non-government organisations, research institutes, universities and health professionals are all potential subscribers to the Population Health Survey Module System.

Each time a survey is conducted, a representative sample of South Australians are surveyed to obtain data on a range of health and wellbeing issues relevant to its subscribers.

Subscribers can include questions in the survey designed to:

  • determine the prevalence or incidence of new or emerging population health issues
  • isolate target groups for interventions and campaigns
  • identify the aetiology of specific health problems
  • assess the acceptability and uptake of new initiatives and programs
  • evaluate health interventions and programs.

The Data, Analysis and Reporting team can assist subscribers to formulate questions and coordinate the preparation of the survey questionnaire to be included in the Population Health Survey Module System.

Survey methodology

The Population Health Survey Module System survey, primarily uses a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. Participants may also be offered the option of completing the survey online by receiving a unique hyperlink sent to a mobile phone or email address.

The Population Health Survey Module System is primarily designed to collect data from South Australian adults aged 18 and over. Subscribers with special needs can approach Wellbeing SA if they need survey data on specific populations (for example South Australian children only) – see the Population Health Survey Module System Prospectus for more information.

Population Health Survey Module System questions must be related to population health and wellbeing, and can include the determinants of health and wellbeing. Each questionnaire includes between 40 (minimum) and 80 (maximum) questions. Thirteen background demographic questions are included free of charge for subscribers. The questionnaires are designed so that data collection takes an average of 20 minutes or less to complete.

Ethics

All questions submitted will be assessed by the Department for Health and Wellbeing Human Research Ethics Committee.

Wellbeing SA’s Data, Analysis and Reporting team will support the ethics approval process for all subscribers.

Applying to use Population Health Survey Module System

To express an interest in the Population Health Survey Module System survey, please complete the Population Health Survey Module System application form (PDF 58KB) and email to WellbeingSAPPHDataRequests.sa.gov.au.

The Data, Analysis and Reporting team can assist subscribers to formulate questions and coordinate the preparation of the survey questionnaire.

Resources and more information

Find more detailed information about processes, timing and costs via the prospectus linked below. For further information, please contact the team via email: WellbeingSAPPHDataRequests.sa.gov.au.

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