Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||AHPF PI 1.2.5–Insufficient physical activity, 2019|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 09/04/2020|
Proportion of children and adults who perform insufficient physical activity
Low levels of physical activity are a major risk factor for ill health and mortality from all causes. People who do not do sufficient physical activity have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Being physically active improves mental and musculoskeletal health and reduces other risk factors such as being overweight and obesity, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
|Indicator set:||Australian Health Performance Framework, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020|
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age from:|
Adults: 18 years
Children: 2 years
|Population group age to:|
Children: 17 years
Insufficient physical activity is determined if physical activity did not meet Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines and the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines, operationalised here as:
Time trend analysis exclude workplace physical activity as this was collected in 2017–18 only.
Presented as a percentage. Age-standardised percentages are directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.
95% confidence intervals are calculated for percentages.
100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Adults: Number of persons aged 18 or over who did not meet the physical activity guidelines as described above.
Children: Number of persons aged 2–17 who did not meet the physical activity guidelines as described above.
|Numerator data elements:|
Adults: Population aged 18 and over
Children: Population aged 2–17
|Denominator data elements:|
2007–08, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2017–18—Nationally, adults by:
2017–18—Nationally, adults who did not meet the physical activity guidelines (including exercise at work), by sex and:
2011–12—Nationally, children who met physical activity guidelines by sex.
2017–18—State and territory, adults who did not meet the physical activity guidelines (including exercise at work).
2017–18—Primary Health Network (PHN), adults who did not meet the physical activity guidelines (including exercise at work).
Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2019 Australian Health Performance Framework reporting: 2017–18 (NHS for adults), 2011–12 (AHS) for children).
Data for 2007–08, 2011–12 and 2014–15 were obtained from the National Health Surveys or Australian Health Surveys run in respect of these years. Similar data elements were used to those listed above for the 2017–18 NHS.
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||2. Health behaviours|
Data source attributes
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Relates to indicators 6 and 7 in the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020 (WHO 2013).
|Other issues caveats:|
Guidelines and measures of physical activity are subject to change, affecting time trends.
There are other components of Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines and the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines such as the inclusion of activities that strengthen muscle and bone (children and young people), muscle strengthening activities (adults aged 18–64) and strength, balance and flexibility activities (adults aged 65 and over). These are equally as important as meeting the physical activity components, but are not included in this indicator as the national surveys used for reporting do not fully capture the different activities required to measure meeting these components.
Physical activity results for people aged 15–17 are regularly available from the NHS and the National and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS). Results for children aged 2–14 are available only from the 2011–12 Australian Health Survey (AHS) and 2012–13 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS) Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey components.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
DoH (Department of Health) 2019. Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines and the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines. Canberra: Department of Health. Viewed 17 October 2019, https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-strateg-phys-act-guidelines.
WHO (World Health Organization) 2013. Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020. Switzerland: WHO. Viewed 17 October 2019, https://www.who.int/nmh/events/ncd_action_plan/en/.