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Introduction

It has long been known that economic and social participation are essential to the success and wellbeing of people, with high levels of participation linked to better physical and mental wellbeing.

While people may choose to participate in many ways and at different levels, research suggests that regular involvement in certain activities are especially beneficial, in particular those pursuits that are characterised by personal involvement, initiative and effort.

The focus of Relationships Australia’s March online survey was to find out whether visitors to our website are active participators in a range of activities that have been found to be protective against the onset of physical and mental disorders.  The community participation questions selected for the online survey were adapted from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics Survey of Australia following the study of Berry, Rodgers and Dear in 2007.

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