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released: 24 Apr 2003 author: AIHW

The Active Australia Survey is designed to measure participation in leisure-time physical activity and to assess knowledge of current public health measures about the health benefits of physical activity. It offers a short and reliable set of questions that can be easily implemented via computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) techniques or in face-to-face interviews.This manual is designed to provide an overview of the survey. It includes a copy of the survey, an implementation guide with instructions for interviewers, a guide to the measures that can be derived from the survey data, information on how these measures are calculated and examples of how they are usually reported. It also provides background information on the development of the survey and an example of CATI coding.

ISBN 978 1 74024 258 5; Cat. no. CVD 22; 55pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (138K PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (87K PDF)
    2. The survey (99K PDF)
      • The Active Australia Survey
    3. Interviewer training and survey implementation (134K PDF)
      • The National Physical Activity Survey
      • Handy hints for users, researchers, interviewers and analysts
      • Annotated survey questions for interviewers
    4. Analysis and reporting of the survey data (148K PDF)
      • Measures derived from the Active Australia Survey
      • Data structure
      • Number of sessions of each activity
      • Total time spent in each activity
      • Average time spent in each activity
      • Proportion of people doing 'sufficient' activity for health
      • Proportion of people who were sedentary
      • Awareness of physical activity messages
    5. Background to the survey (169K PDF)
      • Basis for data development
      • Development of the data standards for physical activity, 1997-1999
      • Current status of the proposed data standards
  • End matter (144K PDF)
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Example of CATI survey coding
      • Appendix 2: Membership of the Expert Working Group
      • Appendix 3: Parties invited to be part of the national consultation process
    • Bibliography

Recommended citation

AIHW 2003. The Active Australia Survey: a guide and manual for implementation, analysis and reporting. Cat. no. CVD 22. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 28 August 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467449>.

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