2018/19 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey

The National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) is coming to your area. This survey collects information about the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people all over Australia. The information from the survey will assist both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and the wider community, by informing policies to improve services & health programs. It will also be used to assess current policies to find better ways to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live longer, healthier and happier lives.

What?
The NATSIHS collects information about the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will soon be knocking on doors and using a notebook computer, ask a range of questions face-to-face about health and lifestyle, such as:
• visits to doctors, nurses or Aboriginal health workers
• health conditions
• medications
• smoking
• exercise
• what you eat and drink

Should the person being interviewed consent, there will also be the opportunity to take part in a voluntary hearing test and have some physical measurements taken (height, weight, waist and blood pressure). All tests conducted are free of charge and all participants will be provided with a measurements card detailing the results of the tests conducted.

Who?
The sample will include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of all ages, including children, and cover both remote and non-remote areas of Australia (including a specific community sample).

When?
From 1 July 2018 to 30 March 2019.

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