Survey tracks health


CLARENCE Valley men and women in their mid-40s and

older are being urged to take part in the biggest long-term health study undertaken in Australia.

Valley men and women 45 and older are receiving copies of the study questions.

Based on random access to the Medicare roll, the questions have been posted to 5000 North Coast men and women as part of the initial statewide mail-out.

The North Coast Area Health Service's population, health, planning and performance director, Vahid Saberi, said the study may produce a profile of health and lifestyle for people entering the second half of their lives.

"This milestone study will help researchers to better understand what contributes to health and ageing, as well as seeking ways to improve the treatment of later-life conditions," he said.

One man taking part is The Daily Examiner's weekly Clarence Life contributor Robin Osbourne.

Mr Osbourne said he believed it was an important step forward.

"I think it is an easy way of contributing to an initiative that will provide valuable health information for researchers in the years ahead," he said.

The 58 questions were not difficult to answer.

"Some of the questions are the same as what the average GP would be asking their patients when you went in presenting with a wide range of ailments," he said.

The initial mail-out will be followed by another later this year, with further mail-outs planned for future years.

The study hopes to gather 250,000 responses statewide.

The study, co-ordinated by the Sax Institute, is supported by the Cancer Council of NSW, the National Heart Foundation (NSW) and beyondblue.

People not included in the first mail-out but want to take part can call 1300 451145 or visit

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