Health Omnibus Survey (HOS)
The Health Omnibus Survey (HOS) is a face-to-face survey conducted annually since 1991 for government and non-government organisations responsible for servicing the health needs of the South Australian community. HOS is a Harrison Research product, although, all methodological aspects of the survey are overseen by PROS.
The goal of the Omnibus is to collect, analyse and interpret data that can be used to plan, implement and monitor health programs and other initiatives. The idea of an omnibus survey is that several organisations share the cost of conducting a survey, with each organisation paying only for those questions that are of direct relevance to their information requirements.
The Health Omnibus provides organisations in the health sector with an opportunity to generate social statistics indicating prevalence rates, program impacts and other important data at an affordable cost. A particular advantage of the Health Omnibus is that an extremely rigorous sampling procedure is adopted for the survey, generating statistical information of the highest quality. A sample of approximately 3,000 people aged 15 years and over are interviewed annually. One adult (non-replaceable) is interviewed in each household. The Health Omnibus aims to achieve a response rate of 70% or higher.
Please refer to the Health Omnibus prospectus and methodology documents for additional details on the Survey.
For further information please contact Eleonora Dal Grande on:
phone: (08) 8313 1208
The particular advantages offered by the Health Omnibus Survey are:
- The high quality of the survey applies to each part of the process including sample selection, interview methodology, data analysis and report presentation;
- Large representative sample of over 3,000 South Australians;
- Up to six call backs to obtain selected person;
- Advanced statistical analysis to meet client needs;
- Data weighted to correspond to the age, sex and geographic profile of South Australia;
- Opportunity to cross tabulate your data with the data of other users subject to agreement;
- Opportunity to share data with other users;
- Up to 10 demographic questions provided free; and
- The cost is well below normal commercial rates.
The Health Omnibus has the potential to generate information that is useful for a wide variety of applications.
- Provision of prevalence or incidence data on health problems;
- Information that identifies target groups for interventions and campaigns;
- Information on the aetiology of specific health problems;
- Data to test hypotheses;
- Information on knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that are related to health problems;
- Information on perceptions towards and acceptability of health services and programs or organisations;
- Information on marketing initiatives and/or market segmentation;
- Information that helps to identify educational needs and opportunities;
- Information on the acceptability and uptake of new initiatives and programs;
- Evaluation of health interventions and programs; and
- Monitoring changes in health problems and disease trends.
The following publications have resulted from the Health Omnibus Survey.
Atlantis E, Shi Z, Penninx B, Wittert GA, Taylor A, Almeida OP. Chronic medical conditions mediate the association between depression and cardiovascular disease mortality. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol DOI 10.1007/s00127-011-0365-9
Atlantis E, Goldney RD, Eckert KA, Taylor AW, Phillips P. Trends in health-related quality of life and health service use associated with comorbid diabetes and major depression in South Australia, 1998–2008. Social Psychiatry Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2011; DOI 10.1007/s00127-011-0394-4.
Rogers WA, de Lacey S and Avery JC. Donation after Cardiac Death: Community Views about ‘Decent’ Intervals. American Journal of Transplantation 2011; 11: 583–590.
Zutshi A, Eckert KA, Hawthorne G, Taylor AW, Goldney RD. Changes in the prevalence of bipolar disorders between 1998 and 2008 in an Australian population. Bipolar Disorders 2011; 13: 182–188.
Eckert K, SK, TA, KD, Goldney R. Changes in depression-related mental health literacy in young men from rural and urban Australia. Rural and Remote Health 2010;18(4):153-8.
Dal Grande E, Taylor AW. Sampling and coverage issues of telephone surveys used for collecting health information in Australia: results from a face-to-face survey from 1999 to 2008. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2010; DOI:10.1186/1471-2288-10-77
Goldney R, Eckert K, Hawthorne G, Taylor A. Changes in the prevalence of major depression in an Australian population between 1998 and 2008. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2010; 44: 901-910.
Dunn KI, Goldney RD, Dal Grande E, Taylor AW. Quantification and Examination of Depression-Related Mental Health Literacy. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2009;15:650-653.
Goldney RD, Dunn KI, Air TM, Dal Grande E, Taylor AW. Relationships between body mass index, mental health, and suicidal ideation: population perspective using two models. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2009; 43:652-658.
Goldney RD, Dunn KI, Grande ED, Crabb S and Taylor, A. (2009) Tracking depression-related mental health literacy across South Australia: a decade of change. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 43:5, 476-483.
MacLennan AH, Gill TK, Broadbent JL, Taylor AW. Continuing decline in hormone therapy use: population trends over 17 years. Climacteric 2009; 12:122-30.
Abernethy AP, Currow DC, Fazekas BS, Luszcz MA, Wheeler JL, Kuchibhatla M. Specialized palliative care services are associated with improved short- and long-term caregiver outcomes. Support Care Cancer 2007; 16(6):585-597.
Currow DC, Agar M, Sanderson C, Abernethy AP. Populations who die without specialist palliative care: does lower uptake equate with unmet need? Palliat Med 2008; 22(1):43-50.
Currow DC, Ward AM, Plummer JL, Bruera E, Abernethy AP. Comfort in the last 2 weeks of life: relationship to accessing palliative care services. Supoort Care Cancer 2008; In Press
Hay PJ, Mond J, Buttner P, Darby A. Eating disorder behaviors are increasing: findings from two sequential community surveys in South Australia. PLoS ONE 2008 Feb 6;3(2);e1541.
Hawthorne, G. Perceived social isolation in a community sample: its prevalence and correlates with aspects of peoples' lives. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2008; 43(2):140-50.
Mond JM, Hay PJ. Public perceptions of binge eating and its treatment. Int J Eat Disord 2008; 41(5):419-26.
Reed RL, Roeger LS, Reinfeld-Kirkman N, Howard SL. Access to general practitioners in South Australia: a population survey. Med J Aust 2008; 189:95-99.
Chittleborough CR, Grant JF, Phillips PJ, Taylor AW. The increasing prevalence of diabetes in South Australia: the relationship with population ageing and obesity. Public Health 2007; 121:92-99.
Fisher LJ, Goldney RD, Dal Grande E, Taylor AW, Hawthorne G. Bipolar disorders in Australia : A population-based study of excess costs. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2007; 42:105-9.
Goldney RD, Fisher LJ, Dal Grande E, Taylor AW, Hawthorne G. Have education and publicity about depression made a difference? Comparison of prevalence, service use and excess costs in South Australia: 1998 and 2004. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2007; 41:38-53.
Goldney RD, Taylor AW, Bain MA. Depression and remoteness from health services in South Australia. Aust J Rural Health 2007; 15:201-10.
Hawthorne G, Osborne R, Taylor A, Sansoni J. The SF36 Version 2: critical analyses of population weights, scoring algorithms and population norms. Quality of Life Research 2007; 16:661-673.
Jenkins F. Food standards: their role in public health. Public Health Bulletin 2007; 4:8-10.
Foreman LM, Hunt RW, Luke CG, Roder DM. Factors predictive of preferred place of death in the general population of South Australia. Palliat Med 2006 20(4):447-53.
MacLennan AH, Henderson VW, Paine BJ, Mathias J, Ramsay EN, Ryan P, Stocks NP, Taylor AW. Hormone therapy, timing of initiation, and cognition in women aged older than 60 years: the REMEMBER pilot study. Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society 2006; 13(1):28-36.
MacLennan AH, Myers SP, Taylor AW: The continuing use of complementary and alternative medicine in South Australia: costs and beliefs in 2004. Med J Aust 2006, 184:27-31.
Taylor A, Dal Grande E, Wilson D. The South Australian Health Omnibus Survey 15 years on: has public health benefited? Public Health Bulletin 2006; 3:30-32.
Taylor AW, MacLennan AH, Avery JC. Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy. Who now takes it and do they differ from non-users? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2006; 46(2): 128.
Wilson DH, Adams RJ, Tucker G, Appleton S, Taylor AW, Ruffin RE. Trends in asthma prevalence and population changes in South Australia, 1990-2003. Med J Aust 2006;184(5):226-9.
Adams RJ, Appleton S, Wilson DH, Ruffin RE: Participatory decision making, asthma action plans, and use of asthma medication: a population survey. J Asthma 2005, 42:673-678.
Dal Grande E, Gill T, Taylor AW, Chittleborough C, Carter P: Obesity in South Australian adults--prevalence, projections and generational assessment over 13 years. Aust N Z J Public Health 2005, 29:343-348.
Dal Grande E, Taylor A, Wilson D: Is there a difference in health estimates between people with listed and unlisted telephone numbers? Aust N Z J Public Health 2005, 29:448-456.
Gill T, Taylor AW, Kempe A, Pickering S, Watson M: Prevalence of influenza vaccination in South Australian aged care homes. Aust N Z J Public Health 2005, 29:38-43.
Goldney RD, Fisher LJ, Dal Grande E, Taylor AW: Changes in mental health literacy about depression: South Australia, 1998 to 2004. Med J Aust 2005, 183:134-137.
Goldney RD, Fisher LJ: Use of prescribed medications in a South Australian community sample. Med J Aust 2005, 183:251-253.
Goldney RD, Fisher LJ, Grande ED, Taylor AW, Hawthorne G: Bipolar I and II disorders in a random and representative Australian population. Aust N Z J Psychiatry 2005, 39:726-729.
Hawthorne G, Osborne R: Population norms and meaningful differences for the Assessment of Quality of Life (AQoL) measure. Aust N Z J Public Health 2005, 29:136-142.
Walker R, Hiller JE: The index of relative socio-economic disadvantage: general population views on indicators used to determine area-based disadvantage. Aust N Z J Public Health 2005, 29:442-447.
Avery JC, Gill TK, MacLennan AH, Chittleborough CR, Grant JF, Taylor AW: The impact of incontinence on health-related quality of life in a South Australian population sample. Aust N Z J Public Health 2004, 28:173-179.
Currow DC, Abernethy AP, Fazekas BS: Specialist palliative care needs of whole populations: a feasibility study using a novel approach. Palliat Med 2004, 18:239-247.
Goldney RD, Fisher LJ: Double depression in an Australian population. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2004, 39:921-926.
Goldney RD, Fisher LJ, Dal Grande E, Taylor AW: Subsyndromal depression: prevalence, use of health services and quality of life in an Australian population. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2004, 39:293-298.
Goldney R, Hawthorne G, Fisher L: Is the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing a reliable guide for health planners? A methodological note on the prevalence of depression. Aust N Z J Psychiatry 2004, 38:635-638.
Goldney RD, Phillips PJ, Fisher LJ, Wilson DH: Diabetes, depression, and quality of life: a population study. Diabetes Care 2004, 27:1066-1070.
MacLennan AH, Taylor AW, Wilson DH: Hormone therapy use after the Women's Health Initiative. Climacteric 2004, 7:138-142.
Wilson DH, Chittleborough CR, Kirke K, Grant JF, Ruffin RE: The health-related quality of life of male and female heavy smokers. Soz Praventivmed 2004, 49:406-412.
Fisher LJ, Goldney RD: Differences in community mental health literacy in older and younger Australians. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2003, 18:33-40.
Goldney RD, Ruffin R, Fisher LJ, Wilson DH: Asthma symptoms associated with depression and lower quality of life: a population survey. Med J Aust 2003, 178:437-441.
Goldney RD, Dal Grande E, Fisher LJ, Wilson D: Population attributable risk of major depression for suicidal ideation in a random and representative community sample. J Affect Disord 2003, 74:267-272.
Hawthorne G, Cheok F, Goldney R, Fisher L: The excess cost of depression in South Australia: a population-based study. Aust N Z J Psychiatry 2003, 37:362-373.
Hay P: Quality of life and bulimic eating disorder behaviors: findings from a community-based sample. Int J Eat Disord 2003, 33:434-442.
Mulligan E, Paterson M: Patients rarely detect breaches of confidence. Aust Health Rev 2003, 26:73-78.
Taylor A, Gill T, Phillips P, Leach G: A population perspective of osteoporosis. How common? What impact? How modifiable? Health Promotion Journal of Australia 2003, 14:61-65.
Wilson DH, Adams RJ, Appleton SL, Hugo G, Wilkinson D, Hiller J, Ryan P, Cheek J, Ruffin RE: Prevalence of asthma and asthma action plans in South Australia: population surveys from 1990 to 2001. Med J Aust 2003, 178:483-485.
Bessell TL, Silagy CA, Anderson JN, Hiller JE, Sansom LN: Prevalence of South Australia's online health seekers. Aust N Z J Public Health 2002, 26:170-173.
Goldney RD, Fisher LJ, Wilson DH, Cheok F: Mental health literacy of those with major depression and suicidal ideation: an impediment to help seeking. Suicide Life Threat Behav 2002, 32:394-403.
MacLennan AH, Wilson DH, Taylor AW: Hormone replacement therapy use over a decade in an Australian population. Climacteric 2002, 5:351-356.
MacLennan AH, Wilson DH, Taylor AW: The escalating cost and prevalence of alternative medicine. Prev Med 2002, 35:166-173.
Miller C, Wakefield M, Kriven S, Hyland A: Evaluation of smoke-free dining in South Australia: support and compliance among the community and restaurateurs. Aust N Z J Public Health 2002, 26:38-44.
Stapleton DB, MacLennan AH, Kristiansson P: The prevalence of recalled low back pain during and after pregnancy: a South Australian population survey. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 2002, 42:482-485.
Wilson D, Chittleborough C, Ruffin R, Tucker G: Comparison of rural and urban health status: asthma in South Australia as an example. In The New Rural Health. Edited by Wilkinson D, Blue I. Australia: Oxford University Press; 2002.
Wilson D, Tucker G, Chittleborough C: Rethinking and rescoring the SF-12. Soz Praventivmed 2002, 47:172-177.
Adams R, Wakefield M, Wilson D, Parsons J, Campbell D, Smith B, Ruffin R: Quality of life and asthma: a comparison of community and hospital asthma patients. J Asthma 2001, 38:205-214.
Goldney RD, Fisher LJ, Wilson DH, Cheok F: Suicidal ideation and health-related quality of life in the community. Med J Aust 2001, 175:546-549.
Goldney RD, Fisher LJ, Wilson DH: Mental health literacy: an impediment to the optimum treatment of major depression in the community. J Affect Disord 2001, 64:277-284.
Heyworth J, McCaul K: Prevalence of non-specific health symptoms in South Australia. Int J Environ Health Res 2001, 11:291-298.
Mulligan EC: Confidentiality in health records: evidence of current performance from a population survey in South Australia. Med J Aust 2001, 174:637-640.
Ruffin R, Wilson D, Smith B, Southcott A, Adams R: Prevalence, morbidity and management of adult asthma in South Australia. Immunol Cell Biol 2001, 79:191-194.
Goldney RD, Fisher LJ, Wilson DH, Cheok F: Major depression and its associated morbidity and quality of life in a random, representative Australian community sample. Aust N Z J Psychiatry 2000, 34:1022-1029.
Kirke B, Wilson D: Public knowledge of the meaning of sun protection factor (SPF) and the implications for sunscreen use. Cancer Forum 2000, 24:14-16.
MacLennan AH, Taylor AW, Wilson DH, Wilson D: The prevalence of pelvic floor disorders and their relationship to gender, age, parity and mode of delivery. BJOG 2000, 107:1460-1470.
Ruffin RE, Wilson DH, Chittleborough CR, Southcott AM, Smith B, Christopher DJ: Multiple respiratory symptoms predict quality of life in chronic lung disease: a population-based study of Australian adults. Qual Life Res 2000, 9:1031-1039.
Wilson D, Parsons J, Tucker G: The SF-36 summary scales: problems and solutions. Soz Praventivmed 2000, 45:239-246.
Hill CL, Parsons J, Taylor A, Leach G: Health related quality of life in a population sample with arthritis. J Rheumatol 1999, 26:2029-2035.
MacLennan AH, Wilson DH, Taylor AW: Hormone replacement therapies in women at risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis in South Australia in 1997. Med J Aust 1999, 170:524-527.
Pilotto LS, Smith BJ, Nitschke M, Ruffin RE, Mitchell R: Industry, air quality, cigarette smoke and rates of respiratory illness in Port Adelaide. Aust N Z J Public Health 1999, 23:657-660.
Pinnock CB, Stapleton AM, Marshall VR: Erectile dysfunction in the community: a prevalence study. Med J Aust 1999, 171:353-357.
Ruffin RE, Wilson D, Southcott AM, Smith B, Adams RJ: A South Australian population survey of the ownership of asthma action plans. Med J Aust 1999, 171:348-351.
Wakefield M, Roberts L, Miller C: Perceptions of the effect of an impending restaurant smoking ban on dining-out experience. Prev Med 1999, 29:53-56.
Wilson D, Parsons J, Wakefield M: The health-related quality-of-life of never smokers, ex-smokers, and light, moderate, and heavy smokers. Prev Med 1999, 29:139-144.
Wilson DH, Walsh PG, Sanchez L, Davis AC, Taylor AW, Tucker G, Meagher I: The epidemiology of hearing impairment in an Australian adult population. Int J Epidemiol 1999, 28:247-252.
Hay P: The epidemiology of eating disorder behaviors: an Australian community-based survey. Int J Eat Disord 1998, 23:371-382.
MacLennan AH, Wilson DH, Taylor AW: Hormone replacement therapy: prevalence, compliance and the 'healthy women' notion. Climacteric 1998, 1:42-49.
Phillipov G, Phillips PJ, Leach G, Taylor AW: Public perceptions and self-reported prevalence of osteoporosis in South Australia. Osteoporos Int 1998, 8:552-556.
Phillips P, Wilson D, Beilby J, Taylor A, Rosenfeld E, HillW, Parsons J: Diabetes complications and risk factors in an Australian population. How well are they managed? Int J Epidemiol 1998, 27:853-859.
Pinnock CB, Weller DP, Marshall VR: Self-reported prevalence of prostate-specific antigen testing in South Australia: a community study. Med J Aust 1998, 169:25-28.
Taylor AW, Wilson DH, Wakefield M: Differences in health estimates using telephone and door-to-door survey methods--a hypothetical exercise. Aust N Z J Public Health 1998, 22:223-226.
Weller D, Pinnock C, Silagy C, Hiller JE, Marshall VR: Prostate cancer testing in SA men: influence of sociodemographic factors, health beliefs and LUTS. Aust N Z J Public Health 1998, 22:400-402.
Wilson DH, Taylor AW, MacLennan AH: Health status of hormone replacement therapy users and non-users as determined by the SF-36 quality-of-life dimension. Climacteric 1998, 1:50-54.
Adams R, Ruffin R, Wakefield M, Campbell D, Smith B: Asthma prevalence, morbidity and management practices in South Australia, 1992-1995. Aust N Z J Med 1997, 27:672-679.
Beilby JJ, Wakefield MA, Ruffin RE: Reported use of asthma management plans in South Australia. Med J Aust 1997, 166:298-301.
Brown SL: Prevalence and effectiveness of self-regulatory techniques used to avoid drunk driving. J Behav Med 1997, 20:55-66.
Parsons JE, Wilson DH, Luke KF, Carrangis J: Influenza vaccination among the elderly in South Australia. Med J Aust 1997, 167:456.
Pinnock C, Marshall VR: Troublesome lower urinary tract symptoms in the community: a prevalence study. Med J Aust 1997, 167:72-75.
Thompson PG: The public health impact of dog attacks in a major Australian city. Med J Aust 1997, 167:129-132.
MacLennan A, Wilson D, Taylor A: The self-reported prevalence of postnatal depression. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 1996, 36:313.
MacLennan AH, Wilson DH, Taylor AW: Prevalence and cost of alternative medicine in Australia. Lancet 1996, 347:569-573.
Roberts LM, Wakefield MA, Reynolds CS: Children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in private vehicles. Med J Aust 1996, 165:350.
Wakefield M, Roberts L, Owen N: Trends in prevalence and acceptance of workplace smoking bans among indoor workers in South Australia. Tob Control 1996, 5:205-208.
Wakefield M, Kent P, Roberts L, Owen N: Smoking behaviours and beliefs of older Australians. Aust N Z J Public Health 1996, 20:603-606.
MacLennan AH, Taylor AW, Wilson DH: Changes in the use of hormone replacement therapy in South Australia. Med J Aust 1995, 162:420-422.
Owen N, Kent P, Wakefield M, Roberts L: Low-rate smokers. Prev Med 1995, 24:80-84.
Wakefield M, Taylor A, Wilson D, Roberts L: Differences in self reported health status between ever-smokers and never-smokers. Tob Control 1995, 4:399-401.
Wakefield M, Ruffin R, Campbell D, Roberts L, Wilson D: Smoking-related beliefs and behaviour among adults with asthma in a representative population sample. Aust N Z J Med 1995, 25:12-17.
Wakefield M, Wilson D, Phillips P, Kent P, Roberts L, Owen N: Smoking-related beliefs and behaviour of South Australians with diabetes. Aust J Public Health 1995, 19:309-312.
Weller DP, Owen N, Hiller JE, Willson K, Wilson D: Colorectal cancer and its prevention: prevalence of beliefs, attitudes, intentions and behaviour. Aust J Public Health 1995, 19:19-23.
Wilson D, Taylor A, Roberts L: Can we target smoking groups more effectively? A study of male and female heavy smokers. Prev Med 1995, 24:363-368.
Leach G, Taylor A, Wilson D: Prevalence of medically confirmed arthritis. Aust J Public Health 1994, 18:226.
Leach G, Taylor A, Wilson D: CORRECTION: Prevalence of medically confirmed arthritis. Aust J Public Health 1994, 18:345.]
Phillips P, Wilson D, Taylor A, Esterman A, Wakefield M: Cardiovascular risk factors in South Australians with diabetes. Aust J Public Health 1994, 18:445-449.
Wilson D, Read P, Taylor A, Walsh P: What do large scale population studies tell us about hearing loss in Australia. Better Hearing 1994, 48:2-3.
MacLennan AH, MacLennan A, Wilson D: The prevalence of oestrogen replacement therapy in South Australia. Maturitas 1993, 16:175-183.
MacLennan AH, MacLennan A, Wilson D: The prevalence of hysterectomy in South Australia. Med J Aust 1993, 158:807-809.
Taylor A, Wilson D, Read P: Prevalence of hearing loss. Aust J Public Health 1993, 17:77.
Wakefield M, Wilson D, Owen N, Esterman A, Roberts L: Workplace smoking restrictions, occupational status and reduced cigarette consumption. Journal of Occupational Medicine 1992, 34:693-697.
Wilson D, Wakefield M, Taylor A. The South Australian Health Omnibus Survey. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 1992;2:47-9.
Wilson D, Xibin S, Read P, Walsh P, Esterman A: Hearing loss--an underestimated public health problem. Aust J Public Health 1992, 16:282-286.
Phillips P, Wilson D, Esterman A, Roeder N, Beilby J: The impact of diabetes in South Australia. Aust N Z J Med 1991, 21:819.