Guest editorial—Health surveys: Building an information base for population health in NSW

Louisa Jorm
2001 NSW Public Health Bulletin  
Information about the circumstances of birth, and the causes of death, is recorded for the whole population. Between these two points in the lifecycle, information about health is captured when individuals come into contact with specific health services. In the main, however, these service-based collections were developed to meet administrative needs and collect limited data about health. In the community at large, population surveys offer the only mechanism for obtaining information about
more » ... ormation about health status, health risks, and health-related behaviours. The Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch of the NSW Department of Health established the NSW Health Survey Program (HSP) in 1996 to consider the need for state and local area-level information about the health of the NSW population. 1 The Program, as a key element in population health surveillance, has the following objectives. To:
doi:10.1071/nb01070 fatcat:wjlevicfv5co3fp4iq5u6i5l5u