ACT General Health Survey

Your household may be selected to participate in the 2018 ACT General Health Survey in September/October.

What is the ACT General Health Survey?

Each year, ACT Health conducts this phone survey with randomly-selected households to collect information about the health, lifestyles and wellbeing of ACT residents. Our target is to survey 1200 adults of all ages and 500 children aged 2-15 years living in Canberra.

When is the survey happening?

The survey will start 3 September and will run over a six week period. The survey time may be extended if we haven’t reached our target of 1200 adults and 500 children.

Why is the survey important?

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.

What is involved?

If your household is selected, trained interviewers will complete the survey with you by phone at a time convenient to you. The survey takes up 20 minutes to complete. Adults who participate may be asked to complete a second interview on behalf of their child. Your participation is entirely voluntary. It is important, however, that we speak to as many households as possible to ensure the survey results accurately reflect the views and experiences of the community.

Can I do the survey online?

Future surveys may be conducted online; however, the 2018 survey will only be administered by phone.

Can I do the survey if I’m not selected?

Only randomly-selected households will be eligible to participate in this survey. This will ensure that our sample represents the ACT community. 

What information is collected?

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.

How did ACT Health get my phone number?

An Australian company that provides phone numbers for market and social research has supplied us with a list of landline and 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.

What happens to the information collected?

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

What do I do now?

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