Item 9.8 - Attachment 3

Residents Panel Health and Wellbeing Survey Final Report

 

 

 

Parramatta City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Health and Wellbeing Report

Major consultation

 

November 2009

 


 

 

Contents

 

 

 

1.         Executive Summary …………………………………………..                   Page 2

·        Main messages                                                                    Page 2

 

 

2.         Findings ……………….……………………………………….                  Page 3          

 

·    Physical Activity                                                                    Page 3

·    Nutrition                                                                                  Page 9

·    Your Height and Weight                                                       Page 11

·    Healthy Food Choices                                                          Page 13

·    Smoking                                                                                 Page 18

·    Healthy Community                                                               Page 40

 

3.         Demographics………………………………………………..                    Page 41


                     

4.         Survey………………………………………………………….                   Page 43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Executive Summary

 

This report analyses responses from 637 Resident Panel members that completed a Health and Wellbeing survey in November-December 2009.

 

The survey sought to find out information on residents health and wellbeing, specifically:

-     Residents physical activity (including recreational activity)

-     Residents eating behaviour

-     Smoking behaviour

-     Residents opinion on what would make their community healthier

 

The survey also asked questions on perceptions to smoke free zones.

 

It is intended that this information is to be shared (with consent of Panel members) with Sydney West Area Health service which are in partnership with the Council to assist in community health planning. 

 

The confidence level of these 2009 results is 95%, plus or minus 3.87% based on 155 000 residents that are located in the Parramatta LGA. The sample is broadly representative of the Parramatta LGA with the exception of the 16-25 year old age group.

 

Main Messages

 

Those aged 56-69 tend to be more active Walkers & Gardeners

·      The more active walkers (11+ times) are those persons aged  in the 56-69 category

·      Persons aged 56-69 and 70+ were the main age group that were gardening 5+  more times a week and there tended to be more males than females. The “no” gardening was the domain of the 19-25 year olds.

 

Most residents do not eat enough vegetables per day

 

·      It is apparent that only 8% of residents are eating the recommended 5 or more vegetables per day.

 

The majority of residents eat at least 2 pieces of fruit per day

·      There is a much higher amount of residents eating the recommended serves of at least 2 serves of fruit per day, 51% of all respondents indicated this.

 

Residents inline with Australian BMI averages for weight

·      According to the Department of Health and Ageing: 40.5% of males and 24.9% of females were overweight across Australia according to a previous survey. For the Parramatta LGA 35% of males (on average) were overweight and 24% of females across the LGA that were also overweight.

·      Further analysis suggest that around 1 in 3 residents maintain the category of overweight according to the BMI after this point in time into the 70+ age bracket.

·      Note that all healthy food options were well supported to assist in healthier choices

 

Females tend to light up quicker than males, but males smoke a lot more

·      Analysis shows that 30% of all males (that smoke) have 20 or more cigarettes per day compared to 19% of all females (that smoke).

 

Males tend to be more resistant to initiatives to help them

·      For every initiative in this survey, males were the main group stating “Not of Benefit”.

 

Whilst the vast majority support smoke free zones there are pockets of resistance

·      There was generally high support for different places becoming smoke free zones across the LGA.

·      19-25 yr olds and 70+yr olds tended to be the main opposes for each of the smoke free zones.


Findings

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Further analysis shows that those that are aged 26-40 are the main age group that walk between 1 to 5 times a week (60% of this age group). The more active walkers are those persons in the 56-69 category (11+ times). The suburb of Parramatta has a lot of solid walkers with over 50% walking 11 or more times a week for a duration of 10 minutes or more. Males tended to be more frequent walkers compared to females.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Persons aged 56-69 and 70+ were the main age group that drove the 5+ category for gardening and they tended to be males. The “no” gardening this was the domain of the 19-25 year olds.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

26-40 and 56-69 age groups tended to be the more vigorous gardeners also they tended to be males (70% of the 5+ group were in fact males). There was a good cross section of ages that stated that they completed this at least once a week.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

The analysis shows that there was a constant spread of ages across each of the number of times vigorous activity was conducted. Males tended to complete more activities than females but not by much.

 

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Similarly to the previous question, the analysis shows that there was a constant spread of ages across each of the number of times vigorous activity was conducted.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

The analysis shows that the higher the age (with the exception of 70+) the higher the amount of real time is devoted to walking. It is notable that there is a trend that goes upwards with age. Those that prefer the longer walks for recreation, exercise or to get from/to places tend to come from places like North Parramatta, Telopea, Merrylands and Epping and Parramatta. Males also tended to be the longer walkers on average.

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

No further analysis completed.

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

No further analysis completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

No further analysis completed.

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

No further analysis completed.

 

 

 




 

 

Analysis 

From the chart it is apparent that there is a very large proportion of the residential population that relies on the private car for travel/commuting purposes – over 50% of respondents use their car 7 days a week with only 12% not using it at all.

 

Analysis shows that slightly more females (55% of respondents) use their car 7 days a week and that the 41-55 yr and 56-69 yr olds  tend to be the more frequent drivers.

 

 




 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is apparent that only 8% of residents are eating the recommended 5 (or more) vegetables per day. These persons tended to be in the 56-69 yr old category and there were statistically more females than males (on average around 60% of females). Those persons that only ate vegetables once were headed up by the 41-55 age group.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

There is a much higher amount of residents eating the recommended serves of at least 2 serves of fruit per day (51%).

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

No further analysis completed.

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

No further analysis completed.

 

 


Body Mass Index Analysis

Question 4 asked how tall a person was and Question 5 asked how much does the respondent weigh.

Instead of directly reporting on this it was deemed more valuable to calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI)



Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

The analysis shows that 37% of all males and females in the Parramatta LGA are at an acceptable weight range according to the BMI. However males tended to be more prominent when it came to the overweight category where 1 in 3 males were overweight compared to 1 in 4 females. For the obese category both males and females registered the same.

 

Below are averages across Australia for BMI categories.

 

Source: The Department of Health and Ageing  results for the Australian Population on the BMI

 

·      Overall 32.6% of adults were reported as overweight in 2004–05

 

·      40.5% of males and 24.9% of females were overweight

 

·      Overall 16.4% of adults were reported as obese in 2004–05

 

·      17.8% of males and 15.1% of females were obese.

 

 

 

 

 



 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is deemed that (generally) a persons culture/ ethnic background did not drive any of the above categories with the exception for the category of “Underweight” where there were more persons from Asian backgrounds (birthplace) found to be underweight.

 




 

 

Analysis 

It is evident that the “Acceptable” range according to this survey trends downwards after the 19-25 yr old age bracket and is elipsed by the overweight range at the 41-55 old age bracket. The results suggest that around 1 in 3 residents maintain the category of overweight according to the BMI after this point in time into the 70+ age bracket.

 

 


 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Analysis shows that the age groups 26-40 and 41-55 tended to be the more prolific eaters of take out food. It is deemed that location was not really a factor to consumption but gender was with males having larger quantities of food from fast food outlets to their female counterparts.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

The analysis provided a similar result to the last question, which showed age groups 26-40 and 41-55 tended to be the more prolific eaters of take out food. It is deemed that location was not really a factor to consumption but gender was with males having larger quantities of food from fast food outlets to their female counterparts.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT PER YEAR RESULTS FOR TAKE AWAY FOOD WERE DEEMED IN ACCURATE.

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Analysis shows that females are the driving factor behind Strongly Support being as large as it is. 82% of all females chose Strongly Support while 67% of all males chose Strongly Support. There was also a trend that showed that as age increased Strong Support for healthy food options decreased.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Whilst not high the analysis shows that more males than females Strongly Oppose increased access to healthy food choices at Restaurants/Cafes (5% of all Males, 2% of all Females). There was also a trend that showed that as age increases Strong Support for healthy food options decreased.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Males tended to drive the opposing camp when it came to supporting healthy food choices at Pubs/Clubs, although in comparison to Strongly Support it is not high. Analysis also shows that a significant amount of females Strongly Support increased access to healthy food options at Pubs/Clubs with 77% of all females indicating this compared 57% of all males. Age trend that was mentioned previously also occurred here.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

A significantly higher proportion of males opposed healthy food options in Vending machines, 16% of all males indicated this compared to 8% of all females. Interestingly the age trend mentioned in previous areas healthy food locations did not occur here.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Analysis shows that males were the major drivers of the opposition to increased access to healthy food options. In terms of support there was no one particular age that were the drivers behind the Strongly Support category all were within 5%.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Analysis shows that males were the major drivers of the opposition to increased access to healthy food options at Council meetings. In terms of support there was no one particular age that were the drivers behind the Strongly Support category.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Analysis shows that females are advocates for more healthy food options at Local Food outlets with 78% of all females indicating Strongly Support, this is in comparison with 58% of males who chose the same answer. In terms of age persons that are 70+ are the major driver behind opposing greater access.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is apparent that almost 1 in 10 respondents were not sure if they supported a traffic light system indicating possible unawareness or requiring further education. This was not gender specific, however it was apparent that as age increased so to did the amount of responses for Not Sure.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Slightly more females (74%) to males (70%) indicated that a traffic light labelling system would enable them to make healthier food choices. All age groups (with the exception of 16-18) were roughly around the 72% mark. 16-18 year olds registered lower however it is deemed that this was not a representative sample for this group.

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Analysis shows that there were almost double the amount of males to females that indicated that they were in fact  Smokers. Daily and Smoke Occassionally smokers platued at the 41-55yr old bracket for most persons that smoked.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is apparent through the analysis more females that smoked tended to do so a lot quicker than their males counterparts. 31% of all females (that smoked) reported that they smoked their first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up where 24% of males reported they smoked in the same period. Those aged 41-55 are the main drivers of both the categories of the Within 5 minutes and the 6 to 30 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Whilst females may smoke generally quicker they do not smoke more than males. Analysis shows that 30% of all males (that smoke) have 20 or more cigarettes per day compared to 19% of all females (that smoke). In terms of age groups there are mixed results for the higher frequency smokers with no apparent trend.

 

 

 

Note: Not all persons left a reason for smoking N=61

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Focusing on peer pressure it is apparent that this is dropping significantly as a main reason for younger generations. For example their were 13% of those in the 41-55 age category that stated that this is the main reason for starting to smoke whilst 7% of those in the 26-40 category (almost half) indicated the same response. In terms of gender peer pressure is as much an issue with females as it is with males with both genders scoring similar results.

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

As expected as age continued so did the length of time for smoking indicating start up in adolescence/early twenties. There was no real trend when considering gender.

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Within the not quitting category there are double the amount of males that are not quitting compared to females. These persons tended to be in the 41-55 and older groups. Interestingly all persons in 26-40 category indicated they were planning to quit at some stage or have not smoked for the last 6 months.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Statistically there is more people in the 26-40 age category that have attempted to quit then any other age category. 3/4 of all people in this age group that smoke have at least attempted to quit smoking. Quiting is not gender specific with both males and females seeking to quit in similar numbers.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

There were mixed results when trying to analyse the results for this question. No major themes could be identified.

 

 


 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

As can be seen above the main motivation to quit for the majority of smokers that were surveyed was the impact on fitness with cost being a secondary factor. A major demographic driver of this was those that were aged 41-55. This was relevant across both genders.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is apparent those that indicated that further education would not assist them were evenly across both genders and most age groups. The 56-69 age group were the major drivers of the very beneficial category, statistically for the group they were well over double any other group with 26% of persons 56-69 indicating that further education would be very beneficial, the next closest age category was 70+ with 12% stating this also.

 

Note that for all charts there is a trend that as age increases so to is the inclination to select the Decline to Say category.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Those that were aged 26-40 were more likely to indicate that Speaking to a Nurse would be very beneficial to help them quit with 18% of this group indicating this to be so. The next closest group was the 56-69 age group with 12%.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

1 in 3 males indicated that consulting a health worker would be beneficial to them quiting, with 1 in 4 females indicating this as well. In terms of age the 26-40 & the 56-69 age group were the strongest supporters of this initiative being very beneficial to helping them quit.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Analysis shows that males were not as responsive to this initiative as were their female counterparts. Again in terms of age the 26-40 & the 56-69 age group were the strongest supporters of this initiative being Very Beneficial to helping them quit.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Analysis shows that males were not as responsive to this initiative as were their female counterparts. Again in terms of age the 26-40 were strong supporters of this initiative being very beneficial to helping them quit and also those that were aged 41-55.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Again analysis shows that males were not as responsive to this initiative as were their female counterparts. Those aged 26-40 were much more likely to indicate that this would be beneficial than any other group.

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

1 in 3 females stated that this would be Very Beneficial in helping them quit to 1 in 5 males that stated this as well. Those that were aged either in the 41-55 or the 56-69 age groups were the main drivers to this initiative to being very beneficial.

 

 


 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Again analysis shows that males were not as responsive to this initiative as were their female counterparts. On average 1 in 5 people in the following group: 26-40, 41-55 and 56-69 indicated that this initiative would help them to quit smoking.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is apparent that both genders have similar responses when it comes to agreement on smoke free zones in outdoor places. However support in terms of age differs, those that are aged 19-25 were the least likely to select agree or strongly agree (62% of this group).  

 


 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is apparent that both genders have similar responses when it comes to agreement on this aspect. Those that are aged 26-40 are the strongest supporters with 74% of this age group strongly agreeing.

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is apparent that both genders have similar responses when it comes to agreement on this aspect. Interestingly 13% of those aged 19-25 disagree with the above statement, this is almost double the total rate. Those that are aged 26-40 strongly agree with the above statement.

 

 


 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is apparent that both genders have similar responses when it comes to agreement on this aspect. Interestingly 13% of those aged 19-25 and 41-55 disagree with the above statement, this is much higher statistically than the total rate. Those that are aged 26-40 again strongly agree with the above statement.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is apparent that both genders have similar responses when it comes to agreement on this aspect. Interestingly 13% of those aged 19-25 disagree with the above statement, this is much higher statistically than the total rate. Those that are aged 26-40 again strongly agree with the above statement.

 


 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

No further analysis completed on this question

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is apparent that those that are aged 19-25 are the main age group that promote a view that making outdoor places smoke free will be too restrictive.

 

 

Analysis 

Further analysis completed.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

In terms of opposition there is no discreptancy between males and females. This changes when age is considered, those that are aged 41-55, 56-69 & 70+ are the major drivers of the opposition. Those that are aged 26-40 in turn are the major drivers behind the Strongly Supporting this area becoming a smoke free zone.

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

No further analysis completed.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Whilst most age groups supported this unanimously there were 1 in 10 persons that were aged 70+ that were in opposition to this area becoming a smoke free zone.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Females were the major driver of opposition to Council events being smoke free zones with 15% of all females stating this, males opposition was at 9%. It is also evident that the younger and older age brackets thought that this might be a bit too restrictive with almost 1 in 5 stating this to be so.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

There was no discreptancy between males and female who opposed Parks from being a smoke free zone. There was though a higher percentage of those in the younger and older age brackets that were in opposition. 43% of all 19-25 yr olds and 33% of all persons aged 70+ were in opposition.

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

There was particularly strong support from the 26-40 yr old age group, 80% of persons in this age group indicated they strongly supported this.

 

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

There were a significant number of those in particular age groups that were in opposition to Reserves being smoke free zones. They were: 19-25 yr olds (37% of this age group were in opposition), 56-69 yr olds (23% of this age group were in opposition), 70+yr olds (29% of this age group were in opposition)

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

1 in 5 respondents opposed making recreation areas smoke free zones. There were a significant number of those in particularly age groups that were in opposition to Reserves being smoke free zones. They main opponents were 19-25 yr olds (31% of this age group were in opposition).  

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

There were two main age groups that were in opposition to Sportsfields being smoke free zones. They were: 19-25 yr olds (25% of this age group were in opposition) and  70+yr olds (20% of this age group were in opposition)

 

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

There were a significant number of those in particular age groups that were in opposition to Reserves being smoke free zones. They were: 19-25 yr olds (19% of this age group were in opposition) and 70+yr olds (18% of this age group were in opposition).

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

1 in 4 males oppose this to 1 in 5 females. Again stronger opposition from those younger.

 

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Whilst those that were aged 19-25 were statistically the highest group that opposed the smoke free zone it was apparent that all age groups had similar levels of opposition to this  ie around 18% for each group.

 

 

 

 

Analysis 

 

 

Analysis 

 


Q24. What do you think will make your community healthier - First Responses coded

 

Note: For open ended responses, rule of thumb is ant theme that is 2% or over is significant.

 

Frequency

Percent

No Answer

169

26.5

Ban smoking / cigarettes

21

3.3

Smoke free zones / in public areas

31

4.9

Less smoking

8

1.3

Education / campaigns concerning smoking

10

1.6

Increase tax on / cost of cigarettes

3

0.5

Rewards / benefits for smokers to give up

3

0.5

Healthier diet / eating habits / promotion / education

67

10.5

Ban junk food / trans / saturated fats / reduction of fast food

16

2.5

More healthy food choices / options / outlets / access

20

3.1

Ban / less junk food advertising

3

0.5

More affordable healthier food / cheaper pricing

5

0.8

Food labelling

6

0.9

Tax on fast food / Subsidies for healthy food

2

0.3

Exercise / promotion

8

1.3

Healthy lifestyle / promotion / information

25

3.9

Community / home vegetable gardens

3

0.5

Access to / cheaper exercise / programs / areas

27

4.2

Less / regulate drinking / restrictions on alcohol / opening

4

0.6

Prohibit / get rid of drug use

1

0.2

More / better walkways / footpaths

23

3.6

More / better bike / cycle paths / lanes

21

3.3

Encourage / promote walking

9

1.4

Safer walkways / cycle paths

3

0.5

More access to / cheaper swimming pools / swimming lessons

7

1.1

Cheaper / community gyms

9

1.4

More sporting facilities

5

0.8

More sporting activities

3

0.5

Better / cheaper  health services / dentistry / hospitals

5

0.8

More parks / open spaces

3

0.5

Weight loss / management / support

1

0.2

More trees

4

0.6

Subsidised / cheaper sport / support sport

1

0.2

More outdoor / activities / facilities

2

0.3

More recreational / activities / facilities

4

0.6

Clean air

6

0.9

Cleaner streets / footpaths

7

1.1

Ban spitting / on streets / fines

7

1.1

Cleaner environment / less pollution

9

1.4

Stop littering / fines

2

0.3

Rubbish dumping / removal

4

0.6

Better public transport

8

1.3

Encourage public transport / less reliance on cars / subsidies

2

0.3

Less cars / buses / trucks / traffic

2

0.3

Safety / more policing

2

0.3

Education

6

0.9

Community awareness / education / respecting others

13

2.0

Playground facilities

2

0.3

Less stress / work / flexible work hours / more sleep

2

0.3

Community support / services / events

4

0.6

Comes down to individual choice / responsibility / common se

10

1.6

Other

15

2.4

DK

3

0.5

Total

637

100.0


Demographics

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

The representivity for the Residents Panel sample and the ABS Census statistics for gender in the Parramatta LGA is virtually identical.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

Representivity for persons born in Australia and those that are born overseas is relatively close (within 7% for both categories with the exception of undisclosed.

 

 

Residents’ Panel

ABS

Carlingford

2.8

2.73

Constitution Hill

1.4

3.45

Dundas

4.4

1.66

Dundas Valley

2.4

2.96

Eastwood

1.3

1.59

Epping

3.8

4.75

Ermington

3.3

5.52

Granville - Clyde

6.3

6.56

Guildford

4.1

7.46

Harris Park

2.4

2.92

Merrylands

2.4

4.09

North Parramatta

8.9

6.86

Northmead

5.3

2.47

Old Toongabbie - Pendle Hill

4.1

2.54

Parramatta

16.6

11.29

Rosehill

1.3

1.55

Rydalmere

2.2

4.78

South Granville - Chester Hill

2.1

3.58

Telopea - Oatlands

3.3

4.71

Toongabbie

4.2

4.24

Undisclosed

0.8

0.00

Wentworthville

4.4

2.05

Westmead

3.1

4.74

Winston Hills

9.3

7.36

Total

100.0

100.00

 

Analysis 

All suburbs across the LGA are represented through this survey. In terms of representivity most suburbs are generally close with the exception of Guildford which is slightly under represented and Parramatta which is over represented.

 

 

 

Trend

 

Not Applicable

Analysis 

It is evident that 16-18 and 19-25 yr olds are under represented through this survey.

 

 

Text Box: Health and Wellbeing Survey 2009

 

 

 

Introduction                                                   

 

Parramatta City Council appreciates your time and effort in filling out the following survey.

 

We would like to understand the broad health and wellbeing of our residents.  This will help us to plan for policies and actions to help to improve general health across our Local Government Area.  Please keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers. 

 

Council is also working with Sydney West Area Health Service (SWAHS) – part of Health NSW.  Question S4 below seeks your approval for Parramatta City Council to share your survey information with SWAHS.  Please note that your name and other identifiers will not be passed to SWAHS - information provided will not identify you, in accordance with NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

 

Summary results of this survey will be published on the Parramatta City Council website in the Residents’ Panel section:  http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/residentspanel

 

The survey should take you around 8-10 minutes to complete.  When you have finished the survey please send it back to Parramatta City Council, 30 Darcy Street, Parramatta NSW 2150.  If you would prefer to complete the survey on-line, please contact Residents’ Panel Staff on 9806 5084, and we will email you the web-link.

 

Screening Questions

 

S1.              Please ensure that the following is your first name and surname:

 

 #  [computer generated identifiers – first name, surname, RPID etc]

 

r     Yes, this is correct

r     No, this is not correct (please call council staff on 9806 5084.)

                            

S2.     We would also like to confirm that you live in the Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA)?

(Please select one answer only)

 

r     Yes I do live within the Parramatta LGA

r       No I do not live within the Parramatta LGA. Unfortunately we cannot continue because you do not live in the Parramatta LGA. Thank you for your interest in this survey. If you have any questions or are not sure if you live in the Parramatta LGA, please call Council staff on 9806 5084.

 

S3.     Which of the following best describes your situation?

(Please select one answer only)

 

r     I am currently a rate-payer                                               

r     I currently rent the property that I live in                                     

r     I currently live with family where a family member is a rate-payer

r     I currently live with family and we rent                                        

r     Other (Please indicate) _______________________________                  

 

S4.       Parramatta City Council works closely with many areas of State Government.  Sydney West Area Health Service (NSW Health) is one organisation that Council is working closely with on several projects. Council wishes to provide them with statistical answers from this survey.

 

          Do you agree that statistical (not identifying) results from this survey be used in this relationship?

 

r     Yes, please share this information

r       No, I do not wish Council to share this information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: Community CareText Box: Getting Around

 

 

 

 

 

 


Physical Activity


Q1. In the last week how many times have you:                                                                                                        (Please complete an answer for each of the rows below)

 Activities

Number of times in the last  week

Total time spent exercising (hours/ minutes)

Don’t Know/ Can’t Say

Decline to Answer

Walked continuously for at least 10 minutes for recreation or exercise, or to get to or from places?

 

 

 

 

Excluding gardening, done any vigorous household chores, which made you breathe harder or puff and pant?

 

 

 

 

Completed vigorous gardening or heavy work around the yard, which made you breathe harder or puff and pant?

 

 

 

 

Excluding household chores or gardening, done any vigorous physical activity which made you breathe harder or puff and pant?

[For example: football, tennis, netball, squash, athletics, cycling, jogging, keep-fit exercises, and vigorous swimming.]

 

 

 

 

Excluding household chores or gardening, done any other moderate physical activity that you haven't already mentioned?

 

 

 

 

 

Q2. In the last 7 days, how many days did you travel on the following transportation …                                                 (Please complete an answer for each of the rows below)

Transport

 

Number of days used

Train

 

                                     Days

Transit-way/T-way Bus

 

                                     Days

Government Bus

 

                                     Days

Private Bus

 

                                     Days

Ferry

 

                                     Days

Monorail

 

                                     Days

Light  rail

 

                                     Days

Private car, motor bike, motor scooter

 

                                     Days

Taxi

 

                                     Days

Truck

 

                                     Days

 

 


Nutrition

 

Q3. How many serves of the following foods do you normally eat?

(Please list number of serves below, if Don’t Know or Decline to Answer please place a tick)

 

Note: Vegetables: One serve = ½ cup cooked or 1 cup of salad vegetables

          Fruit: 1 medium piece or 2 small pieces of fruit or 1 cup of diced pieces

 


Nutrition 

 

Number of serves per day

Number of serves per week

Don’t eat it

Don’t Know/ Can’t Say

Decline to Answer

Vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

Fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Height and Weight

 

Q4. How tall are you without shoes?

 

______ centimetres   or    _____ feet ____ inches

r   Don’t know

r   Decline to answer

 

Q5. How much do you weigh without clothes or shoes?

 

_______ kilograms   or   _____ stones_____ lbs

r   Don’t know

r   Decline to answer

 

Q6. How often do you eat out/get take-away from fast food outlets?

(Please select one answer below)

 

_____x per week         _____x per month  _____x per year        r   Don’t know     r   Decline to answer

 

 

Healthy Food Choices

 

Q7. To what extent do you support increased access to healthy food choices at the following:                    

(Please tick a selection for each row)

 

Location

Strongly oppose

Somewhat oppose

 

Somewhat support

 

Strongly support

 

Work

 

 

 

 

Restaurants/Cafes

 

 

 

 

Pubs/Clubs

 

 

 

 

Vending machines

 

 

 

 

Council Community Events

 

 

 

 

Council meetings

 

 

 

 

Local food outlets (service stations, local shops

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q8. Do you support the introduction of a ‘traffic-light’ labelling system for food outlet menus (e.g. restaurants, takeaways and cafés) in Parramatta - where a healthy choice is labelled green, moderate fat sugar or salt content is yellow, and high fat sugar or salt content is red?

(Please select one answer only)

 

r                      r                         r                             r               r                r

Strongly oppose | Somewhat oppose | Strongly support | Somewhat support  | Not sure       |   Decline to answer 

 

Q9. If a traffic-light labelling system was introduced would it enable you to make healthier choices when eating out?

(Please select one answer only)

r Yes

r No

r Don’t know

 

Smoking

 

Q10. Which of the following best describes your smoking status? This includes cigarettes, cigars and pipes:               (Please select one answer only)

 

r  I smoke daily Please go to Q11
r  I smoke occasionally Please go to Q11
r  I don't smoke now, but I used to Please go to Q11
r  I've tried it a few times but never smoked regularly Please go to Q11
r  I've never smoked Please go to Q19
r  Don't know Please go to Q19
r  Decline to answer Please go to Q19

Q11. How soon after waking up do/did you smoke your first cigarette?                                                                           (Please select one answer only)

    r    Within 5 mins
   
r    6-30mins
   
r    31-60 mins
   
r    60+mins

    r  Decline to answer

 

 

Q12. How many cigarettes a day do/did you smoke?                                                                                              (Please select one answer only)

 

    r    10 or less
   
r    11 -20
   
r    21 - 30
   
r    31 or more

    r   Decline to answer

 

Q13. What was the main reason you started smoking?                                                                                   (Please indicate below)

 

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Q14. How many years have you smoked?                                                                                                          (Please indicate below, if less than a year please write 0.5)

 

_____ (years)

 

Q15. Which of the following best describes how you feel/felt about your smoking?                                                          (Please select one answer only)
    
r  I am not planning on quitting within the next 6 months Please go to Q16
    
r  I am planning on quitting within the next 6 months Please go to Q16
    
r  I am planning on quitting within the next month Please go to Q16
    
r  I have not smoked in the last 24 hours but was smoking 6 months ago Please go to Q16
    
r  I have not been smoking in the last 6 months Please go to Q16
    
r  Don't know Please go to Q19
    
r  Decline to answer Please go to Q19

 

Q16. Have you attempted to quit previously?

(Please select one answer only)

r Yes, how many times:  ____ → Please go to Q17

r No Please go to Q18

 

Q17. What are/were your primary motivations to quit?

(Please select all that apply)

     r Cost

     rImpacts on my physical fitness

     r I’m suffering health problems (Please detail)  ___________________________________________________

     rI don’t want second-hand smoke to affect my children / family

     rEnvironmental impacts

     rOther __________________________________________________________

 

 

Q18. How beneficial would any of the following initiatives be in helping you to quit?

(Please tick a selection for each row)

 

Initiatives to help Quit Smoking

Not at  all Beneficial

Somewhat

Beneficial

Quite Beneficial

Very Beneficial

Receiving information & education on tobacco & the risks of smoking

 

 

 

 

Speaking to a  Nurse, GP, Quitline, Chemist about quitting smoking

 

 

 

 

Consulting a health worker to assess your smoking level & provide you with quit smoking advice

 

 

 

 

Using nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, gum, lozenges, sublingual tablet, inhaler

 

 

 

 

Access to free or subsidised nicotine replacement medication (Zyban, Champix)

 

 

 

 

Attending a quit smoking group

 

 

 

 

Smoke-free places (work, home, pubs, clubs & restaurants & outdoor public places [sports grounds, outdoor dining])

 

 

 

 

Support at work from employer, such as quit smoking counselling & subsidised/free nicotine replacement therapy

 

 

 

 

 

Q19. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements:

(Please tick a selection for each row)

 

Statement

Strongly

Disagree

Disagree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Agree

Strongly

Agree

Don’t Know/ Cant Say

Smoke free zones should be implemented for the community in outdoor public places

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Making outdoor public places in our LGA smoke free will make a positive improvement to our environment by reducing littering from smoking butts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making outdoor public places in our LGA smoke free will support the health of pregnant women

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making outdoor public places in our LGA smoke free will support the health of the chronically ill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making outdoor public places in our LGA smoke free will support the health of children

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making outdoor public places in our LGA smoke free will not make a difference to the health of vulnerable groups in our community

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making outdoor public places in our LGA smoke free will be too restrictive on those that do smoke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q20. In your opinion, are there any challenges in creating smoke-free zones?

(Please list below if you believe there are challenges, if not please go to the next question)

 

 

 


 

 

 


Q21. To what extent would you support the following areas as smoke free zones:

(Please tick a selection for each row)

Areas

Strongly Oppose

Somewhat Oppose

Somewhat Support

 

Strongly Support

Alfresco dining /outdoor dining areas

 

 

 

 

Bus shelters

 

 

 

 

Children’s playgrounds

 

 

 

 

Council Events

 

 

 

 

Parks

 

 

 

 

Public Swimming Pools

 

 

 

 

Reserves

 

 

 

 

Recreation Areas

 

 

 

 

Sports fields (i.e. sporting grounds)

 

 

 

 

Sports facilities (i.e. tennis, basketball, Netball courts)

 

 

 

 

Golf courses

 

 

 

 

Within 10m of Council buildings

 

 

 

 

 

Q22. Any other areas in the community that you would like see smoke free?

(Please list below if there are additional areas, if not please go to the next question)

 

 

 

 


Q23 Are there any other comments that you would like to make about smoking or smoke free zones?

(Please list below, if you have no other comments please go to the next question)

 

 

 

 

 


Healthy Community

 

Q24 What do you think will make your community healthier?    

(Please list below)

 

 

 

 

 


THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!

Parramatta City Council appreciates your time in completing this survey.  Resident Panel staff will keep all Panellists informed of the outcomes through the Resident Panel Website: http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/residents/residents_panel, and through newsletters and reports. 

 

Please use the postage-free reply-paid envelope to return this completed survey

   thank you!