HABITAT (How Areas in Brisbane Influence healTh And acTivity)

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HABITAT (How Areas in Brisbane Influence healTh And acTivity) is a longitudinal multi-level study of physical activity among people aged 40+ years living in Brisbane (Australia). With over 8,000 participants and 200 neighbourhoods, it is one of the largest studies of its kind. The project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

From 2007-2011, HABITAT focussed on patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour; and associated sociodemographic, psychosocial, and environmental factors.  Data collection involved mail surveys (in 2007, 2009, and 2011) and environmental mapping of local facilities and infrastructure.

From 2013-2018, the project is also tracking changes in physical function, and the links with physical activity, sedentary behaviour and other influences.  Data collection includes objective activity monitoring and assessment of physical functioning (2014, 2016) with a random selection of HABITAT participants; mail surveys with all HABITAT participants (2013, 2016), and environmental mapping.

We welcome queries from other researchers on collaborative secondary data analyses.


  • Dr Nicola Burton (UQ Lead), Professor Wendy Brown, Professor Nancy Pachana
    The University of Queensland
  • Professor Gavin Turrell (Lead Investigator)
    Australian Catholic University
  • Professor Billie Giles Corti
    University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Adrian Barnett

Learn more about the HABITAT project.

Research Centre Staff

[image]Nicola Burton
Physical activity participation, influences, counselling, and links with wellbeing and mental health
[image]Wendy Brown
Health promotion and chronic illness