VicHealth Indicator Survey 2011

Why was the VicHealth 2011 Survey undertaken?
 
The VicHealth 2011 Survey was undertaken to partially replicate the CIV Survey 2007 and to provide up-to-date health indictor information. The first CIV Survey 2007 was conducted as a gap filling survey because not all of the CIV indicator framework could be populated with data from existing administrative, survey or Census data because the data did not exist at the Local Government Area (LGA) level.
 
What was included in the VicHealth 2011 Survey?
 
Respondents were asked to answer questions on their health, life satisfaction, transport issues, arts participation, personal safety, citizen engagement, cultural diversity, water conservation, employment, food security and general household demographics.  This differs slightly to the CIV 2007 Survey which also asked questions relating to food security.
 
The VicHealth 2011 Survey questionaire was developed by VicHealth in consultation with CIV and key stakeholders. These questions were calculated into community indicators and detailed information relating to each of these particular questions can be found in the Metadata section under Measuring Wellbeing.
 
How was the VicHealth 2011 Survey conducted?
 
The VicHealth 2011 Survey selected households at random using random digit dialling and interviewing was conducted from early May 2011 until mid-August 2011.  Trained interviewers conducted the survey over the telephone using computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI).  24,900 Victorians aged 18 or older in each of the LGAs completed the survey.  This consisted of 300 respondents from most LGAs and 200 respondents from the 10 least populous LGAs. The City of Ballarat partnered with CIV to sample an additional sample of 1200 respondents to assist with detailed planning.
  
One person in each household completed a telephone interview which lasted approximately 14 minutes.  Interviewers attempted to make contact with a household by making up to 6 calls. The observed sample composition of the VicHealth 2011 Survey shows an under-representation of people aged 18 to 34 (predominantly males) and an over-representation of people aged 55 years and over.  Whilst these imbalances are typical of landline based surveys, it highlights the need to included other forms of communication technology such as mobile phones for future telephone surveys to accurately capture information from younger people.