4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13  
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SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR

In 2011-12, the collection of sedentary behaviour data in the Australian Health Survey was via four separate question modules:

  • Exercise (NHS)
  • Adult physical activity (NNPAS)
  • Child 5-17 years physical activity (NNPAS only)
  • Child 2-4 years physical activity (NNPAS only).

Adult sedentary behaviour data collected in the NHS, from persons 15 years and over, included time spent:
  • sitting at work on a usual day
  • sitting to watch TV or use a computer for leisure on a usual work/week day
  • sitting for leisure on a usual work/week day.

Adult sedentary behaviour data collected in the NNPAS, from persons 18 years and over, included time spent in the last week:
  • sitting at work
  • sitting for transport (including waiting for transport)
  • sitting or lying down to watch television or videos
  • sitting or lying down to play electronic games
  • sitting or lying down to use a computer or the internet
  • sitting or lying down to use a phone (including text messages and talking)
  • sitting or lying down to do other social or leisure activities (such as at a barbecue, for meals, at a cinema, etc.).

For children 2-17, sedentary behaviour data collected in the NNPAS was focused on screen-based activities. For each day in the last 7 days, data was collected on the time spent sitting or lying down to:
  • watch TV/DVDs
  • play any electronic games
  • use the internet or computer (excluding games) for homework and non-homework purposes (5-17 years only).


This section contains the following subsection :
          Adult sedentary behaviour (NHS)
          Adult sedentary behaviour (NNPAS)
          Child sedentary screen-based activity (2 to 17 years)

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