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AH14 dash01 life expectancy PNG

79.9 years, 84.3 years

A boy born in 2012 could expect to live to 79.9 years, 62.4 of these disability free. A girl born in 2012 could expect to live to 84.3 years, 64.5 of these disability free.

This is excellent by world standards (males 6th in the OECD, females 7th).

AH14 dash02 feeling good PNG


of all Australians aged 15+ considered themselves to be in 'excellent’ or 'very good' health in 2011–12.

AH14 dash03 cancer deaths PNG


is the fall in the death rate for all cancers between 1991 and 2011.

Death rates for CVD, chronic respiratory conditions and injury have also fallen.

AH14 dash04 overweight & obese PNG


of Australian adults were overweight or obese in 2011–12 (70% of men and 56% of women). This has increased from 57%in 1995.

Being overweight or obese are risk factors for many chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

1 in 10 aged 65+ with dementia PNG

Almost 1 in 10

Australians aged 65+ have dementia (9%), an estimated 332,000 people.

The Indigenous health gap

On average, Indigenous Australians fare worse than non-Indigenous Australians. Among other health conditions, Indigenous Australians had:

  • AH14 dash05a eskd PNG7 times the incidence rate of end-stage kidney disease in 2007–2010
  • AH14 dash05c diabetes PNG3.3 times the rate of diabetes/high blood sugar levels
  • AH14 dash05b suicide PNGYouth suicide rates for Indigenous females were 5.9 times those of non-Indigenous females, and for males 4.4 times.

AH14 dash06 expenditure PNG

$140.2 billion

Was spent on health in Australia in 2011–12. The ratio of health expenditure to gross domestic product (GDP) has increased from 6.8% in 1986–87 to 9.5% in 2011–12.