Target 86: Psychological wellbeing

South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System survey data


Explanatory Comments

South Australian data on psychological distress can be obtained from the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS). Different survey methods are used for the ABS National Health Survey and the SAMSS survey. The ABS survey uses face-to-face interviews while SAMSS is based on telephone surveys. This is the most likely reason for the difference between the South Australian figures over the time period. Both surveys use the Kessler Psychological Distress 10-Item Scale (K10), an internationally recognised measure.

SAMSS data indicate that the proportion of South Australians experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress generally declined between 2002 and 2010. However, this trend did not continue in 2011.

Lead Agency

SA Health