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7th Guernsey and Alderney Wellbeing Survey launched

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Monday 17 September 2018

HSC Public Health Services is launching its 7th Guernsey and Alderney Wellbeing Survey.

From today, 2500 Bailiwick Households, selected at random, will each receive an invitation from the Director of Public Health to take part.

The survey is online and should be completed by the person in the household who is aged 16 or over, ordinarily resident in the Bailiwick, and who has the next birthday. The survey should be completed by Thursday 31st October.

Everyone who completes the survey using the online form can provide their name and email address and be entered into a prize draw for £100. This winner will be announced shortly after the survey closes.

Head of Health Intelligence, Jenny Cataroche, explained,

"This is the Seventh time we have conducted the Survey - the first was held thirty years ago in 1988. The aim of the Survey is to give us vital, up-to-date information on people's wellbeing and the many factors that can affect their health. There are questions on a variety of health topics including healthy eating, physical activity, alcohol and stress as well as areas such as loneliness and internet use. We hope that as many people as possible will complete the survey online or on paper so that the results are an accurate representation of the Bailiwick population"

Jenny added

"We are working with local research company Island Global Research so the results will be analysed locally. Respondents only give us their name and email address if they take part online and want to be entered into the prize draw for £100. But I want to reassure everyone that individual responses will not be linked back to the household from which they came, all information will be treated in the strictest confidence and no individual identifiable data will be shared with any other States service area. Results will be compared to those from past local surveys and to other jurisdictions and a report will be available next spring."

Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public Health added

"I would urge everyone who is invited to complete the survey by 31st October. We also welcome responses from anyone over 16 who would like to take part. Just go to www.gov.gg/wellbeingsurvey or call the Public Health team on tel 707311 for a paper copy. This snapshot of our Island's health is our way of knowing how the health of our Bailiwick is changing and how well we are targeting our true health needs. We will then be able to plan our next priorities based on current and accurate local information."

Heidi Soulsby, President of Health & Social Care outlined the importance of gathering this population-based information saying

"The public health function, with its strong focus on prevention, early intervention, equity and quality, is integral to the values of the Partnership of Purpose. This survey will provide vital information on the wellbeing of our population and help us map our requirements as we transform our health and care services".

For further details on the survey please contact Yvonne Le Page, tel 707311.

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