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New study to gauge Australians’ health

Tens of thousands of Australians will be surveyed about their mental and physical health, in an effort to better inform health policies and reforms.

Health Minister Greg Hunt is set to reveal a new survey program in an address at the National Press Club on Wednesday, The Australian reports.

The Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study will consist of four surveys, held over course of three years.

It will involve 60,000 people and cost about $90 million.

The first survey in mid-2020 will be focused on mental health and wellbeing, with the last survey of its kind conducted in 2007.

The next will be the National Health Study, tracking people’s characteristics and chronic health conditions.

The government will also fund a National Nutrition and Physical Activity Study and, separately, a National Health Measures Study, where people will have the chance to give blood and urine samples if they would like.

Mr Hunt says the surveys will help Australia build the world’s best health system.

“To do that, we must have the best information, the most up-to-date data on the state of Australians’ health. That’s why this study is so important.”

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