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released: 21 Nov 2014 author: AIHW media release

Between 1998 and 2012, life expectancy at birth has risen by 4 years for boys and nearly 3 years for girls. And because disability prevalence rates have been falling over this period, the gain in disability-free life expectancy has been even greater for boys (4.4 years, compared with 2.4 years for girls). Older Australians have also seen increases in the expected number of healthy years, but this has been accompanied by more years needing assistance with everyday activities. Over this period, the gender gap in life expectancy narrowed across all ages, and the gap in the expected years living free of disability also reduced across most ages.

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-664-1; Cat. no. AUS 187; 28pp.; $14

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Publication table of contents

  • Summary
  • Introduction
    • Methods and data sources
  • Health expectancies in 2012
    • Health expectancies at birth
    • Health expectancies at age 65
  • Trends in health expectancies from 1998 to 2012
    • Changes in health expectancies at birth
    • Changes in health expectancies at age 65
  • Age and sex differences in health expectancies in 2012
    • Differences in expected years living with disability
    • Differences in expected years living free of disability
  • Change in gender gap in health expectancies 1998 to 2012
  • Disability prevalence rates 1998 to 2012
    • Sex differences in disability prevalence rates in 2012
  • Is morbidity compressing?
    • Proposed health scenarios and related measures of health expectancies
    • Recent Australian evidence relating to the proposed health scenarios
  • Appendix A: Appendix tables
  • Appendix B: ABS survey definitions of disability
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Healthy life expectancy in Australia: patterns and trends 1998 to 2012. AIHW bulletin no. 126. Cat. no. AUS 187. Canberra: AIHW.

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