Australian boys can expect to live into their 80's and 84.4 is the life expectancy for girls according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's report.. The leading cause of death in Australia is coronary heart disease followed by dementia, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease.

As a group, cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease as the biggest killer and cause if illness. We are less likely to smoke and drink to risky levels than previously, but 16% of Australians are still consuming 11 or more standard drinks on one occasion in the past 12 months.

We think we are healthy, about 85% of Australians aged 15years and over rated their health as 'good', 'very good' or 'excellent', but half have at least one chronic disease, 19% have a disability and 20% had a mental health issue in the previous 12 months. Almost 33% report delaying or avoiding dental care due to cost.

Lifestyle choices continue to have a huge impact on the risk of chronic disease, it is estimated 31% of the burden of disease in Australia could have been prevented by reducing these risk factors:

  • Smoking ( 13%)
  • Excess weight ( 63% are overweight or obese)
  • Risky drinking ( 18%)
  • Physical inactivity ( 23% don't achieve recommended levels of daily activity)
  • Healthy eating (95% don't eat the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables)
  • High blood pressure



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