There were 3 Risk Factor Prevalence Surveys (RFPS) run – in 1980, 1983 and 1989.

These surveys gathered information about the prevalence of heart disease risk factors in adult Australians living in State and Territory capital cities. The surveys gathered self-reported health and demographic information, measured height, weight and blood pressure and collected blood samples for analysis. In all three surveys the blood samples were tested for total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. For the 1989 survey additional analysis of the blood samples was carried out to test blood iron, ferritin and transferrin levels.

Collection details
Classification/dimension variables
  • Age
  • Sex

Temporal coverage

1/5/1980 to 1/6/1989

Geographical coverage


Data availability

  • Publications

There are restrictions and limitations governing the availability or use of other data in this holding.

Data scope

For the 1980 and 1983 survey participants were adults aged 25-64 years randomly selected from the electoral roll and recruited from defined catchment areas in the 6 State capitals. Canberra and Darwin were excluded.

For the 1989 survey participants were adults aged 20-69 years recruited from defined catchment areas in the 6 State capitals, as well as Canberra and Darwin.



External links and information 

Australian Data Archive data holding: Risk Factor Prevalence Study Dataverse


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*Data collection with restricted access