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Population Health Survey Module System (PHSMS)

The Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW) coordinates a survey called Population Health Survey Module System (PHSMS). The PHSMS is an ‘omnibus-type’ service available to government and non-government organisations to obtain data on a range of population health and wellbeing issues within South Australia.

This survey aims to provide an alternative data source for indicators not already covered in the South Australian Population Health Survey (SAPHS). The idea of the survey is that several organisations can share the overall costs of conducting a survey.

Benefits of the PHSMS

Commissioning a survey in the field of epidemiology can be time consuming, costly and require expertise in epidemiology to ensure the proper survey design, data collection and analysis. The benefits of subscribers using the PHSMS rather than facilitating their own data collection include access to:

  • an epidemiological survey with sound methodology, analysis and reporting
  • a representative sample of South Australians
  • a cost effective option for subscribers to be included in a larger survey
  • faster collection of data
  • consolidated of ethics approvals (in one application facilitated by the DHW)
  • an opportunity to share data with others
  • standard demographic questions to be provided to all subscribers at no additional cost.

Potential PHSMS subscribers

The PHSMS survey a representative sample of South Australians to obtain data on a range of health issues relevant to its subscribers. The potential subscribers of PHSMS include government agencies, non-government organisations, research institutes, universities and health professionals.

Subscribers can include questions in the PHSMS designed to:

  • determine the prevalence or incidence of new or emerging population health issues
  • isolate target groups for interventions and campaigns
  • identify the aetiology of specific health problems
  • assess the acceptability and uptake of new initiatives and programs
  • evaluate health interventions and programs.

The Population Health Surveys team can assist subscribers to formulate questions and coordinate the preparation of the survey questionnaire to be included in the PHSMS.

Methodology

The PHSMS survey will primarily utilise a Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. Participants may also be offered the option of completing the survey online by receiving a unique hyperlink sent to a mobile phone or email address.

The PHSMS is primarily designed to collect data from South Australian adults aged 18 and over. Subscribers with special needs can approach the DHW if they need survey data on specific populations (for example South Australian children only) - see Population Health Survey Module System Prospectus (PDF 271KB) for more information.

PHSMS questions must be related to population health and wellbeing, and can include the determinants of health and wellbeing.

Each questionnaire should include between 40 (minimum) and 80 (maximum) questions. Thirteen background demographic questions will be included in PHSMS free of charge. The questionnaires will be designed so that data collection takes an average of 20 mins or less to complete.

Ethics

All questions submitted will be assessed by the Department for Health and Wellbeing and must be approved by a standard ethics approval process through the SA Health Ethics Committee. The Population Survey Team will support the ethics approval process for all subscribers.

Applying to use PHSMS

Express interest in the PHSMS survey by submitting the Population Health Survey Module System (PHSMS) Application form (PDF 371KB) to PopHealthSurveys@sa.gov.au.

The Population Health Surveys team can assist subscribers to formulate questions and coordinate the preparation of the survey questionnaire to be included in the PHSMS.

More information:

Call the Population Health Surveys team on 8226 6545 or email PopHealthSurveys@sa.gov.au.

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