ACT General Health Survey (ACTGHS)
ACT Health has been conducting this yearly phone survey with randomly-selected households in the ACT since 2007. The survey collects information about the health and lifestyles of ACT residents.
Traditionally, the ACT General Health Survey collects information from adults and children about risk factors for chronic disease such as poor nutrition, low levels of physical activity, obesity, alcohol consumption and smoking.
In 2019, the survey topics were extended to include broader factors that influence health and wellbeing such as resilience and adapting to change, social supports, perceptions of safety, financial stressors, experiences of discrimination and gender equity.
The survey has a three year cycle, where the child and adult risk factor questionnaire is conducted for two consecutive years and the adult only wellbeing questionnaire is conducted every third year.
Data from the ACTGHS are reported in the Chief Health Officer’s Report and are available within the Statistics and Indicators tab within the HealthStats ACT website. The data also contributes to various ACT Government reports, including Focus On reports, the ACT Wellbeing Framework and the Community Services Directorate report: ‘A Picture of ACT’s Children and Young People’.
2019 ACTGHS questionnaire
2020 ACTGHS questionnaire
2021 ACTGHS questionnaire
First results reports:
2019 First Results Report
For more information, email HealthSurvey@act.gov.au.
Year 7 Health Survey
The Year 7 Health Survey (Y7HS) formerly known as the Year 7 Health Check Survey, is an annual health and wellbeing survey of Year 7 students in the ACT.
The Y7HS is made available to all secondary schools in the ACT each year. For public schools, it is delivered alongside the annual School Satisfaction Survey with an opt-out consent to minimise the burden to schools and their students. For non-government schools, a survey link is provided to students via a parent letter to complete at a time convenient for the student.
Findings of the survey will be reported at a population level and will be made available to the public annually through the ACT Health website. Results from the Y7HS will be used to guide the future delivery of programs and services, helping the ACT Government to continue to meet the needs of this age group and respond to emerging issues.
For more information about the Y7HS, please email the project team at Y7HS@act.gov.au.
ACT Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (ACTPANS)
The ACTPANS has been conducted every three years since 2006. It is administered by professional survey staff, on behalf of ACT Health, in the classroom setting.
Information about physical activity, nutrition, healthy weight status, attitudes and general wellbeing indicators are collected. Height and weight are also measured.
Questionnaire items include:
- eating patterns and food intake levels
- physical activity and sedentary behaviour
- attitudes to physical activity
- general health and wellbeing.
In 2018, 1,491 ACT Year 6 students from 30 primary schools across the ACT participated in the ACTPANS.
2021 ACTPANS was postponed to 2022 due to COVID related school disruptions in the ACT. Data collection for the 2022 ACTPANS commenced from Term 2 of 2022.
Data from the ACTPANS are reported in the Chief Health Officer’s Report and are available within the Statistics and Indicators tab within the HealthStats ACT website.
2018 ACTPANS questionnaire
2021/22 ACTPANS questionnaire
For more information, contact: HealthSurvey@act.gov.au.
Australian Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey
The Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol & Drug (ASSAD) survey commenced in 1984 and has been conducted every three years in the ACT since 1996. The ASSAD survey was designed to provide estimates of the current prevalence of tobacco, alcohol and illicit substance use among Australian secondary school students (aged 12 to 17 years of age) and to examine trends in their use over time.
In 2022, the ACT will also collect information about:
- general wellbeing
- relationships with family and friends
- use of leisure time
- physical activity and sedentary behaviour
- self-reported height and weight
- sun protection.
A standard sampling procedure, administration method and core questionnaire is used throughout all states and territories of Australia. The survey is coordinated nationally by the Cancer Council Victoria, with each of the states and territories managing the data collection within their own jurisdiction.
The last survey was conducted in 2017; ACT secondary students completed a total of 1,491 surveys.
The 2020 survey was postponed until 2022 due to COVID. The survey will be administered online for the first time in 2022.
Data from the ACT component of the ASSAD survey are reported in the Chief Health Officer’s Report and are available within the Statistics and Indicators tab within the HealthStats ACT website. The national report is available on the Department of Health website.
2017 ACT ASSAD survey questionnaire
2022 ACT ASSAD survey questionnaire
For more information, visit: Cancer Council Victoria or the National Drug Strategy, or email HealthSurvey@act.gov.au.