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SA Population Health Survey

The South Australian Population Health Survey (SAPHS) is a statewide survey, managed by Wellbeing SA’s Epidemiology Branch, which aims to monitor the health of all South Australians.

The South Australian Population Health Survey has been running since July 2018. Data are collected every month with approximately 7,000 South Australians choosing to participate and undergo interview about their health and wellbeing each year.

The survey helps inform the planning, design and evaluation of health services and prevention activities, and supports relevant professionals such as policy makers, health care providers and researchers to understand the health of the community, the performance of the health system and its impact on all South Australians.

This survey is the main source of information on population health within the state and is used extensively by Wellbeing SA, SA Health and other non-government organisations. The survey contributes ongoing data to key reports including the Chief Public Health Officer’s Report and the South Australian Public Health Indicator Framework.

Reports

Annual reports collating the data and key findings from the South Australian Population Health Survey can be accessed below:

Key information for survey participants

Approximately 7,000 South Australians choose to participate in the South Australian Population Health survey every year.

Taking part in the survey is completely voluntary and your participation helps to increase understanding about the health of the South Australian community.

Participation involves answering questions via a telephone interview or online survey. The survey collects information about health, lifestyle and other factors which may influence health and wellbeing. You may be asked about whether or not you live with chronic disease, how much physical activity you do, what you eat and drink and how you feel about your mental health and wellbeing.

All survey answers are confidential and the information provided by each participant is pooled together so that individual responses cannot be identified.

Your participation helps to measure and monitoring health across South Australia and supports important decisions about the planning and development of local health services, programs and policy. The data collected helps to ensure that the health system can better respond to the needs of the community.

The survey is managed by Wellbeing SA, a state government agency. McNair yellowSquares is the company responsible for conducting interviews and Wellbeing SA’s Epidemiology Branch undertakes the analysis and reporting of all the data collected from the survey.

Find out more about participating in this survey, including answers to participants' frequently asked questions, in the South Australian Population Health Survey Fact Sheet (PDF 195KB)

What is the data used for?

Collectively the information from South Australian Population Health Survey is used to:

  • provide high quality, representative data on the health of the South Australian population
  • identify groups within the community who experience less than satisfactory health outcomes
  • identify emerging health issues
  • measure trends over time for key health indicators
  • monitor and evaluate population health policy, programs and initiatives
  • share findings with relevant professionals, researchers and policy makers
  • address State and Commonwealth indicators and targets
  • be an ongoing source of data for key reports including the Chief Public Health Officer’s Report and the South Australian Public Health Indicator Framework.

Methodology and data collection

The South Australian Population Health Survey is a cross sectional survey which collects information about health and wellbeing from the South Australian population on a monthly basis.

The survey collects information about participant’s health, lifestyle and other factors which may influence their health and wellbeing. Data are collected on overall health status, health service utilisation, chronic conditions, disability and carers, risk factors (biomedical, protective and behavioural), food security, mental health, wellbeing and disadvantage and inequity.

Survey participants are randomly selected from across the state; all participants are South Australian residents and have access to a phone. Potential respondents are contacted in the first instance to assess eligibility and are then invited to participate in the survey. The survey is conducted via phone interview or online survey.

Find out more in the methodology factsheet and questionnaire:

More information

For more information about the South Australian Population Health Survey please contact the Data Analysis and Reporting team via email: Health.PrevandPopHealth@sa.gov.au.

Data requests

For all data requests, please visit the Data requests and ethics page.

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