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South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS)

South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS) monitors population trends in health risk factors and chronic diseases so that the SA Health has information to monitor population health status and to assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of health services, policies and programs.

Data is collected every month for about 600 adults and children using the Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. Data collection started in June 2002 and various reports are compiled using this data.

More information about the SAMSS methodology can be found on the following Adelaide University web pages:

Methodological changes to SAMSS in 2015

The South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS) presents estimates using weighted data to reflect the South Australian population. From 2002 to 2015, SAMSS used a weighting technique called post stratification where data was weighted by age, sex and area of residence. In 2015, a new weighting technique, raked weights, has been used which includes other population characteristics including education level, renting status, country of birth, marital status and employment status. These additional characteristics provide a more accurate representation of the South Australian population.

As these two weighting techniques may result in difference estimates, this report is not comparable to any previously published report or SAMSS data. To read more about raking, please refer to the technical document under related resources.

Types of reports

Target reports

Report against state and national performance benchmarks in areas such as weight, fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, customer satisfaction and psychological distress. Data is presented for South Australian adults as well as by time, age, sex, location, Local Health Networks and socio-economic status. Some reports are also provided for children.

Trends at a glance (TAG)

Report on trends in the prevalence of various health risk factors and chronic conditions in South Australian adults using data collected over time. Trends are presented by age, sex, education status, Local Health Networks and household income. Some reports are also provided for children.

Indicator reports

Reports provide estimates of various health risk factors and chronic conditions in South Australian adults. Data is presented by time, sex, age, socio-economic status and Local Health Networks. Some reports are also provided for children.

Reports by categories


Nutrition

Target

Indicator

Trends at a glance

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Physical activity

Target

Indicator

Trends at a glance

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Biomedical risk factors

Target

Trends at a glance

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Chronic disease

Target

Indicator

Trends at a glance

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Other

Target

Indicator

Trends at a glance

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