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3-5. Physical activity (exercise)

3-5-1. Physical activity in South Australia – by Local Health Network

3-5-2. Physical activity in South Australia – by age and sex

3-5-3. Physical activity in South Australia – by socio-economic status

3-5-4. Physical activity in Australia – by state and territory

3-5-5. Physical activity – Aboriginal people

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3-5-1. Physical activity in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2017, under half (45.0%) of South Australians aged 18 years and older reported undertaking 150 minutes or more of walking, moderate or vigorous physical activity in the week prior to the survey1.
  • The rate varies between local health networks (LHNs), from 26.2% in the Flinders and Upper North LHN up to 49.7% in the Barossa Hills Fleurieu LHN.
  • The rate in metropolitan Adelaide (45.9%) is statistically significantly higher compared to Country SA (42.9%)1.
  • A statistically significant declining trend over the last decade in the proportion of people reporting undertaking 150 minutes of physical activity per week was identified, both for metropolitan Adelaide and Country SA residents.1

 

Undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week (aged 18+ years), 2017
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 42.3%
Central Adelaide 48.8%
Southern Adelaide 45.6%
Metropolitan Adelaide 45.9%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 49.7%
Eyre and Far North 42.6%
Flinders and Upper North 26.2%
Riverland Mallee Coorong 39.6%
South East 36.3%
Yorke & Northern 43.6%
Country SA 42.9%
South Australia 45.0%
Australia n.a.

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-5-2. Physical activity in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2017, the proportion of males in South Australia aged 18 years or more who reported undertaking 150 minutes or more of walking, moderate or vigorous physical activity in the week prior to the survey (49.4%) was higher than their female counterparts (41.0%)1.
  • The proportion is also inversely correlated with age1.

 


Undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week (aged 18+ years), 2017
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 68.5% 61.2%
25-34 56.7% 48.5%
35-44 52.9% 47.8%
45-54 41.2% 36.1%
55-64 44.8% 31.7%
65-74 38.4% 38.1%
75+ 31.4% 24.1%
All ages 49.4% 41.0%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-5-3. Physical activity in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • In 2017 there was a statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over who reported undertaking 150 minutes or more of walking, moderate or vigorous physical activity in the week prior to the survey and the socio-economic status of the area in which they live1.
  • The proportion recorded in areas constituting South Australia's top socio-economic (SES) quintile (53.1%) is 15.5 percentage points higher than the lowest SES quintile (37.6%)1.

 

Undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week (aged 18+ years), 2017
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 37.6%
Low SES 42.4%
Middle SES 41.7%
High SES 47.4%
Highest SES 53.1%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-5-4. Physical activity in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2017-18 National Health Survey for people aged 18 years and over. It is therefore not directly comparable to the information presented in 3-5-1 to 3-5-3 above from the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System survey.
  • The national survey found that just under half (48.8%, not age standardised) of South Australians aged 18 years and over undertook a total of 150 minutes or more of exercise in the week prior to the survey2.
  • The South Australian rate is below the Australian average of 52.7% (not age standardised) and ranks second-lowest of the states and territories2.

 

Undertook a total of 150 minutes or more of exercise in last week (aged 18+ years), 2017-18 (crude rates)
State/Territory %
Queensland 48.7%
South Australia 48.8%
Tasmania 49.5%
Northern Territory 51.7%
Victoria 53.3%
New South Wales 54.3%
Western Australia 56.4%
Australian Capital Territory 61.7%
Australia 52.7%

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Data source: ABS 2018

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3-5-5. Physical activity – Aboriginal people

  • In 2018-19, 9.3% of Aboriginal people in South Australia aged 15 years and over were meeting Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour 2014 Guidelines3.
  • South Australia's proportion of Aboriginal people undertaking adequate levels of physical activity is below the national average for Aboriginal people (11.0%)3.

 

Met Australian guidelines for physical activity - Aboriginal people (aged 15+ years), 2018-19 (crude rates)
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 7.2%
Western Australia 9.2%
South Australia 9.3%
Queensland 10.0%
Victoria 11.0%
Tasmania 12.5%
New South Wales 12.8%
Australian Capital Territory 21.2%
Australia 11.0%

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Data source: ABS 2019


Sources

  1. Based on South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System customised extract 2018, Prevention and Population Health, SA Health, Adelaide, 16 August 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2018), ‘Table 2.3 Summary health characteristics — States and territories, Proportion of persons’, National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, 12 December 2018.
  3. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2019), 'Table 3.3 Selected health characteristics, by State/Territory, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, 2018–19, Proportion of persons,' National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018-19, cat. no. 4715.0, 11 December 2019.