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released: 1 Sep 2006 author: AIHW media release

Life expectancy has increased markedly over the last century. Has the number of years lived with illness or disability fallen or risen as overall life expectancy has lengthened? This report explores this question, focusing on years lived with disability. The report updates previous estimates of 'health expectancies' in Australia and examines the changes over a period of 15 years, from 1988 to 2003.

ISSN 1444-3589; ISBN 978 1 74024 604 0; Cat. no. DIS 47; 44pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • List of boxes and tables
    • List of figures
    • Acknowledgements
    • Summary
      • Health expectancy as an indicator of population health and welfare
      • Mortality, morbidity and disability
      • Main findings
  • Sections
    1. Introduction
    2. Methods for calculation of health expectancies
    3. Health scenarios and related measures of health expectancies
    4. Data sources and definitions
    5. Estimates of health expectancies in 2003
      • 5.1 Health expectancies at birth
      • 5.2 Health expectancies at age 65
      • 5.3 Age and sex patterns of health expectancies
    6. Changes in health expectancies between 1998 and 2003
    7. Trends in health expectancies from 1988 to 2003
    8. Discussion
      • 8.1 Differences between males and females
      • 8.2 Recent evidence relating to the proposed health scenarios
        • Compression of morbidity
        • Expansion of morbidity
        • 'Dynamic equilibrium'
        • Conclusion
  • End matter
    • Appendix tables
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2006. Life expectancy and disability in Australia 1988 to 2003. Disability series. Cat. no. DIS 47. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 2 August 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467894>.