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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 2018, around two in three (66.1%) South Australians aged 18-64 years 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 42.5% in the Eyre and Far North LHN up to 72.1% in the Central Adelaide LHN.
  • The rate in metropolitan Adelaide (69.0%) is statistically significantly higher compared to Country SA (58.7%)1.
  • No time series is available for this indicator due to a change in survey methods. In 2018, SA Health discontinued the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS) and moved to the improved South Australian Population Health Survey (SAPHS). Results between the collections are not comparable.

 

Undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week (aged 18-64 years), 2018
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 63.8%
Central Adelaide 72.1%
Southern Adelaide 71.6%
Metropolitan Adelaide 69.0%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 61.2%
Eyre and Far North 42.5%
Flinders and Upper North 54.2%
Limestone Coast 52.9%
Riverland Mallee Coorong  62.2%
Yorke & Northern 68.2%
Country SA 58.7%
South Australia 66.0%
Australia n.a.

Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

 

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

  • In 2018, the proportion of males in South Australia aged 18-64 years who reported undertaking 150 minutes or more of walking, moderate or vigorous physical activity in the week prior to the survey (68.1%) was statistically significantly higher than their female counterparts (64.3%)1.
  • The proportion is highest in the 18-24 years of age cohort1.

 


Undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week (aged 18+ years), 2018
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 90.9% 81.8%
25-34 68.6% 72.7%
35-44 63.6% 62.3%
45-54 69.5% 60.6%
55-64 62.6% 55.2%
All ages 68.1% 64.3%

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Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

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

  • In 2018, there was no statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18-64 years 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.
  • However, the proportion recorded in areas constituting South Australia's top socio-economic (SES) quintile (74.1%) is 13.7 percentage points higher than the lowest SES quintile (60.4%)1.

 

Undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week (aged 18-64 years), 2018
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 60.4%
Low SES 60.9%
Middle SES 71.1%
High SES 65.8%
Highest SES 74.1%

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Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

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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 Population Health Survey that applies to ages 18-64 years.
  • 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 Population Health Survey customised extract 2020, Prevention and Population Health, SA Health, Adelaide, 3 February 2020.
  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.