The study was designed to create an estimation of the attitudes of Australian adults, 18 years and over, on the topic of interest [49, 51]. The research team describes this technique in detail elsewhere [50, 52]. For sampling purposes, Australia was stratified into state and territory areas and telephone numbers randomly selected using random digit dialing (RDD) databases supplied by Sampleworx Pty Ltd. Approximately 48% of the sample were contacted on a mobile telephone. To ensure equal representation of males and females, the sex of the potential participant was randomly selected prior to making the phone call. To be eligible, the participant has to be over the age of 18 years and be of the predetermined sex.

We used the most recent total population according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics August 2015 for 18 + which was 18,182,764. The sample size of 1318 was considered to be large enough to yield suitably precise estimates of prevalence rates of interest, with 95% confidence intervals of approximately ± 1.5%.

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