Your household may be selected to participate in the 2019 ACT General Health Survey during October to December.
What is the ACT General Health Survey?
Since 2007, ACT Health has been conducting this phone survey yearly with randomly-selected households to collect information about the health, lifestyles and wellbeing of ACT residents. Our target is to survey 2000 adults of all ages living in Canberra.
When is the survey happening?
The survey will start 21 October and will run over an eight-week period. The survey time may be extended if we haven’t reached our target of 2000 adults.
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, and so can’t always be used to accurately describe the health status of the ACT population.
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 to 20 minutes to complete. 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.
Is the survey compulsory?
No, the survey is not compulsory, however, it is important 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?
The 2019 survey will only be administered by phone. Future surveys may be conducted online.
Can I do the survey if I’m not selected?
No, 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?
This year, the survey has a strong focus on wellbeing, so the topic areas include mental wellbeing, resilience and social support.
Can I look up the results from previous surveys?
Yes! The results are reported on the HealthStats ACT website and in the ACT Chief Health Officer’s report.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 free call number 1800 023 040 or email HealthSurvey@act.gov.au.