Australian Bureau of Statistics
Last year, the Australian government announced a new health study called the Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study (IHMHS). The IHMHS will run over three years from late 2020 to 2023 and comprise surveys of health, nutrition and physical activity, and an optional biomedical survey. Similar to the Australian Health Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in 2011-13, the IHMHS will provide an opportunity to measure Australia’s health, including providing a picture of the health and wellbeing of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The results will be useful in helping to inform policy, services and programs supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to live healthier lives.
The ABS is committed to early and ongoing conversations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to ensure all surveys are done in a culturally appropriate way and reflect the priorities, values and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We want to hear from you to help us shape the upcoming surveys.
The ABS was planning to hold face-to-face health survey workshops and community sessions across Australia from March until June 2020. Due to the rapidly evolving situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19), these face-to-face sessions have been postponed.
We are now hosting a series of Webinars and we will be delivering an online self-paced package for people who aren’t able to attend a Webinar. We need your participation to help us shape the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survey components of the IHMHS.
We want to hear about your information needs and how the data should be collected to help make the survey culturally appropriate and successful and we’re seeking input on three broad issues:
- Health survey content
- Biomedical testing
- Data integration