Health behaviors changes during COVID-19: a study of Australian immigrants


  • Mehwish Nisar The university of queensland
  • Tracy Kolbe-Alexander the University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • Dr. Asad
Keywords: COVID-19, Immigrants, South Asia, health behaviors, Australia, Pandemic


This study aimed to investigate changes in health behaviors during COVID-19 in South Asian Australian immigrants. An online survey was administered between November 2020 and March 2021 (n=304) to quantify changes in habitual levels of physical inactivity, tobacco and alcohol consumption, internet and board games use for recreation. Most immigrants (40.7%) reported an increase in alcohol consumption and tobacco use (38.5%). The increase in watching television (66.8%) and internet use for recreation (73.9%) were also noticeable. Physical inactivity increased in 41.1% of the participants and decreased in 32.4%. Participants from the high-income group were significantly associated with an increase in physical inactivity, alcohol consumption, and playing video games (p<0.005).



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Nisar, M., Kolbe-Alexander , T., & Khan, A. (2022). Health behaviors changes during COVID-19: a study of Australian immigrants. Public Health Review: International Journal of Public Health Research, 9(3), 7-11. Retrieved from
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