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Physical Activity Research and Evidence

Research and Evidence

Physical activity research conducted by the Physical Activity Taskforce and external agencies including Western Australian, National and international surveys and data.

 

Research Conducted by the Taskforce

The following research has been conducted by the Physical Activity Taskforce.

 

Adult Survey 1999, 2002, 2006 & 2009

Adult Survey 1999, 2002, 2006 & 2009

The Physical Activity Adult Survey was undertaken by the Physical Activity Taskforce to provide a measure of physical activity levels among West Australian adults. Surveys have been conducted in 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2009.

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Baby Boomers and Beyond Report, 2006/07

Baby Boomers and Beyond Report, 2006/07

Given that physical inactivity is one of the most important and modifiable risk factors contributing to ill health, particularly for people as they age, the Physical Activity Taskforce conducted a secondary analysis of the 2006 adult physical activity survey data, restricted to adults aged over 45 years - the 'baby boomers'.

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Year published: 2008
Built Environment Research & Reference List

Built Environment Research & Reference List

The Physical Activity Taskforce Built Environment Advisory Committee collated a list of current research and reference material relating to the built environment and its impact on healthy and active lifestyles.

CAPANS, 2003 & 2008

CAPANS, 2003 & 2008

The Physical Activity Taskforce conducted the Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (CAPANS) survey to provide a measure of physical activity levels and nutrition behaviours of West Australian children and adolescents. The survey has been conducted in 2003 and 2008.

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Diagnosis of Physical Activity in Western Australia

Diagnosis of Physical Activity in Western Australia

In 2011, as part of a broader strategic directions project, the Physical Activity Taskforce commissioned TNS Australia to conduct a diagnosis of physical activity in Western Australia.

Impact of Daylight Saving on Physical Activity

Impact of Daylight Saving on Physical Activity

In 2006/2007 Western Australia introduced Daylight Saving on a trial basis for three years. The Taskforce conducted research to investigate the impact of Daylight Saving on physical activity participation in Western Australia between November 2006 and March 2008.

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Local Activity Grants Evaluation

Local Activity Grants Evaluation

The Local Activity Grants program offered matched grants for local governments and community groups to encourage new and innovative approaches to increasing physical activity. The grants recognised a sustainable increase in physical activity requires a cross-government, multi agency approach.

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Year published: 2010

Other Western Australian Surveys and Data

Cost Effectiveness Study

Cost Effectiveness Study

Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases and is estimated to cost around AU$2.1 billion, to the Western Australian economy each year. This study investigates the cost-effectiveness of a subsidy program for general practitioners (GPs) to promote physical activity, as an intervention strategy.

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Year published: 2011
Brain boost: Sport and physical activity enhance children’s learning

Brain boost: Sport and physical activity enhance children’s learning

The paper developed by the Department of Sport and Recreation WA provides information about the link between physical activity and academic achievement.

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Year published: 2010
Health and Wellbeing of Western Australian Adults 2010

Health and Wellbeing of Western Australian Adults 2010

The WA Department of Health released its summary of adult data from the Health and Wellbeing Surveillance Survey (HWSS) on 16 July 2011. The HWSS is a continuous data collection system which was developed by the Department of Health to monitor the health and wellbeing of Western Australians. This report presents what WA adults aged 16 years and over were saying about their health and wellbeing in 2010.

Health and Wellbeing of Adults in Western Australia 2009

Health and Wellbeing of Adults in Western Australia 2009

Published by the Department of Health, this is an analysis of the 2009 data from the Health Department's Health and Wellbeing Survey and presents information on a range of indicators associated with Western Australian adults' health and wellbeing.

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Year published: 2010
Health and Wellbeing of Children in Western Australia 2009

Health and Wellbeing of Children in Western Australia 2009

Published by the Department of Health, this is an analysis of the 2009 data from the Department of Health's Health and Wellbeing Survey and presents information on a range of indicators associated with Western Australian children's health and wellbeing.

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Year published: 2010

National Surveys and Data

2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey

2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey

This research aimed to provide guidance to assist governments, health professionals and the food and beverage industry to recognise trends in diet and physical activity behavioural patterns of Australian children.

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Year published: 2008
2009 Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities, Australia 4901.0

2009 Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities, Australia 4901.0

The 2009 survey of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities was conducted throughout Australia as part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS).

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Year published: 2006
Australian Social Trends (cat.no.4102.0)

Australian Social Trends (cat.no.4102.0)

This article looks at the rates of participation in sport and physical recreation across Australia for people aged 15 years and over, by selected characteristics and by selected activities.

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Year published: 2011
Australian Early Development Index

Australian Early Development Index

The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) provides a measure of young children's development from a population perspective. The AEDI is used to provide a snapshot of the current state of children's development within communities all over Australia.

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Year published: 2006
Built Environment - Literature Review

Built Environment - Literature Review

The University of New South Wales' Healthy Built Environments Program (HBEP) has completed a major scholarly literature review (2011) examining the role of the built environment in supporting human health as part of everyday living.

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Year published: 2011
Children's Participation in Organised Sport 2009

Children's Participation in Organised Sport 2009

The 2009 survey of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities was conducted throughout Australia as part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). As part of this report, findings are available on child (5-14 years old) participation in organised sport.

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Year published: 2009
Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS)

Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS)

The Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS) is a joint initiative of the Australian Sports Commission and the state and territory government agencies responsible for sport and recreation. The first survey was conducted in 2001. This publication presents results from the tenth annual ERASS data collection, which was conducted in 2010.

National Secondary School Diet and Activity Survey (NaSSDA)

National Secondary School Diet and Activity Survey (NaSSDA)

The National Secondary Student's Diet and Activity (NaSSDA) survey 2009-10 is jointly funded by the state Cancer Councils, Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

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Year published: 2011
National Cycling Participation Survey (2011)

National Cycling Participation Survey (2011)

The Australian Bicycle Council has released the following National Cycling Participation Survey (31 August 2011). The survey, which reports on cycling for transport and recreation, provides baseline data on cycling participation in Australia.

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Year published: 2011

International Surveys and Data

Active Transportation to School - Review of Interventions

Active Transportation to School - Review of Interventions

Published by the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011, this paper reviews intervention studies related to active school transportation. The aim of the review is to guide future intervention research.

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Year published: 2011
Global Health Risks Report

Global Health Risks Report

Prepared by the World Health Organisation, the Global Health Risks Report provides an update for the year 2004 of the comparative risk assessment (CRA) for 24 global risk factors.

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Year published: 2009
HBSC Scotland National Report

HBSC Scotland National Report

This report provides data on the health, wellbeing and behaviour of young people in Scotland aged between 11 and 15 years old. The report also examines social circumstances affecting young people’s health and behaviour.

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Year published: 2008
Inequalities in Young People's Health

Inequalities in Young People's Health

This report provides data on the health, wellbeing and behaviour of young people in 41 different countries. The data is collected from youth aged between 11 and 15 years old. The report also examines social circumstances affecting young people’s health and behaviour.

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Year published: 2008
Obesity and the Economics of Prevention

Obesity and the Economics of Prevention

Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) this book is the result of work undertaken at the OECD since 2007. A wealth of data and analysis is presented within, with the aim of supporting the development of policies for tackling obesity and preventing chronic diseases.

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Year published: 2010
Sharing School Facilities Research

Sharing School Facilities Research

A new research brief from Active Living Research summarises research on community access to school sport and recreation facilities outside of school hours, as well as studies that examine the shared use of school facilities and programs with other community groups or agencies. It also describes challenges commonly associated with the shared use of recreational facilities, and opportunities for policy-makers at the state and local level.

The British Cycling Economy - Gross Cycling Product Report

The British Cycling Economy - Gross Cycling Product Report

The London School of Economics and Political Science have released the following Gross Cycling Product report which determines that cycling annually contributes almost £3 billion to the UK economy.

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Year published: 2011