SHOROC State of the Region Report

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Key Indicator

Percentage (%) of adults undertaking adequate physical activity (at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week).

Target (SHOROC Region)

  1. SHOROC Region to meet or exceed NSW % of adults undertaking adequate physical activity.
  2. Maintain or increase the % of adults undertaking adequate physical activity in the SHOROC Region over time.

What is the current trend? 

Information for this indicator is currently only available at the State level or  Health Area Service Level. The health area that encompasses the SHOROC Region is the Northern Sydney Health Area.  

1. SHOROC Region to meet or exceed NSW % of adults undertaking adequate physical activity.

on-track  Indicator is on-track

The following information indicates that in 2011, 60.1% of adults (aged 16 years and over) living within the Northern Sydney Health Area  undertook adequate physical activity, compared to 54.6% in NSW. Therefore in 2011, the SHOROC Region exceeded the NSW average by 5.5%.

Click here for more information on adequate physical activity, persons aged 16 years and over, NSW, Northern Sydney LHD, 2002 to 2011

Click here for more information on adequate physical activity, persons aged 16 years and over, NSW, 2002 to 2011

2. Maintain or increase the % of adults undertaking adequate physical activity in the SHOROC Region over time.

off-track Indicator is off-track

The following table indicates that between 2007 and 2011,  there has been a small 0.1% decrease in adults (aged 16 years and over) living within the Northern Sydney Health Area who undertake adequate physical activity.

Adequate physical activity, persons aged 16 years and over, NSW, Northern Sydney LHD, 2007 to 2011 
Year All persons:Actual estimate (Per cent)
2011 60.1
2010 61.5
2009 59.8
2008 59.9
2007 60.2
% change between 2007 and 2011 -0.1


Why use this indicator and what does this mean for the overall Health and Wellbeing of the SHOROC Region?

SHOROC is using this indicator as one of a suite of indicators to determine what the state of play is in respect to the overall health and wellbeing of the SHOROC Region.

 

Sources

NSW Adult Population Health Survey (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.

Notes

The actual estimates have been statistically adjusted to minimise random variation from year to year and provide more stable smoothed estimates for population health planning and monitoring. Self-reported data collected through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Estimates weighted to adjust for differences in the probability of selection among respondents and benchmarked to the estimated residential population using the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics mid-year population estimates. Murrumbidgee LHD includes Albury LGA.

Definition of adequate physical activity

To maintain good health, the National physical activity guidelines for adults recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week. Moderate intensity activity includes brisk walking, dancing, swimming, or cycling, which can be undertaken in shorter bursts such as 3 lots of 10 minutes (AGDHA, 1999 and 2005).

Produced by: Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence. Health Statistics New South Wales. Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health. Available at: www.healthstats.nsw.gov.au. Accessed November 2012.

Updated July 2013