AIHW collaborates with Australian National University on data collection

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is happy to support the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for Social Research and Methods’ ongoing monitoring of COVID-19 impacts.

The AIHW commissioned the collection of a range of data in May including data on alcohol, tobacco and illicit substance use by Australians since the pandemic began.

AIHW Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mr Matthew James said the alcohol consumption data would help build a greater understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic was currently affecting the health and wellbeing of Australians.

“In mid-July, the AIHW will release results from the 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS). Having been carried out every three years since 1995, this survey helps us to understand how Australians’ behaviour and attitudes towards alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug consumption have changed over time,” Mr James said.

The timely data collected by the ANU will complement data collected through the NDSHS.

The ANU study was the first to use longitudinal data to examine the change in alcohol consumption from before and during the Coronavirus pandemic. It forms part of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods COVID-19 monitoring program, and takes in the views of more than 3,200 Australians.

Find out more in the full report online.

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