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Impact of COVID-19 on the Physical and Mental Wellbeing of the Western Australian Community

Researchers at The University of Notre Dame Australia are inviting Western Australians over the age of 18 to complete an online survey to provide insights on how the COVID-19 lockdown impacted on their “body and mind”.

The Western Australian Government reacted quickly to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic by implementing isolation restrictions to limit viral spread within the community.

The success of this strategy in minimising the viral infection and associated deaths is reflected in the national statistics.  These statistics, however, do not show the impact of the enforced lockdown on the wider community’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Evidence reported elsewhere suggests the lockdown resulted in changes in sedentary behaviour, alcohol consumption, diet, physical activity and mental health, and has led to calls for greater health promotion efforts.

The outcomes of the study will help inform development and delivery of health promotional activities at a State and Local government level should WA be impacted by a second wave of the virus or a similar emergency. This State Government funded survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.