Journal article

Social encounter profiles of greater Melbourne residents, by location - a telephone survey

David A Rolls, Nicholas L Geard, Deborah J Warr, Paula M Nathan, Garry L Robins, Philippa E Pattison, James M McCaw, Jodie McVernon



BACKGROUND: Models of infectious disease increasingly seek to incorporate heterogeneity of social interactions to more accurately characterise disease spread. We measured attributes of social encounters in two areas of Greater Melbourne, using a telephone survey. METHODS: A market research company conducted computer assisted telephone interviews (CATIs) of residents of the Boroondara and Hume local government areas (LGAs), which differ markedly in ethnic composition, age distribution and household socioeconomic status. Survey items included household demographic and socio-economic characteristics, locations visited during the preceding day, and social encounters involving two-way conversatio..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was supported by an ARC Linkage Project grant, with contributing partners VicHealth, the Victorian Government Department of Health, the City of Boroondara, and Lentara Uniting Care. We further acknowledge fellowship funding for NG (ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Fellowship), DW and JMM (ARC Future Fellowships) and JMV (NHMRC Career Development Fellowship).