This chapter provides information about selected population characteristics collected in the 2012-13 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NATSINPAS). Population characteristics are important in aiding the comparison of different groups within the population, for example across age, income levels or geographic locations. These characteristics can be linked with the health data obtained in the survey to analyse the health status and other health characteristics of particular groups in the community, e.g. the aged or low income earners.
Population characteristics collected in the 2012-13 NATSIHS and NATSINPAS were:
- demographic characteristics
- labour force characteristics
- income sources
- household and family characteristics
- geographical classifications
Population characteristics collected in the NATSIHS only were:
- financial stress
- health cards
- cultural identification.