Life expectancy is one of the most commonly used measures of overall health of a population. It is expressed as either the number of years a newborn baby is expected to live, or the expected years of life remaining for a person at a given age, and is estimated from the death rates in a population. Examining causes, patterns and trends in death can also help explain differences and changes in the health of a population, contribute to the evaluation of health strategies and interventions, and guide planning and policy-making.

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In 2022, there were 190,939 deaths registered in Australia

In 2022, the leading cause of death for males was coronary heart disease (11%)

In 2022, the leading cause of death for females was dementia including Alzheimer’s disease (12%)

4 in 5 deaths involve more than one cause

Hypertension contributed to 8% of deaths in 2022

Lower respiratory infections were the direct cause in 8% of deaths in 2022

More reports and statistics on life expectancy & deaths can be found under Burden of disease and Injury.