Overview

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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Latest findings

In 2020, the leading cause of death for females was dementia including Alzheimer’s disease (12%)

In 2020, 49% of deaths for people aged less than 75 in Australia were potentially avoidable deaths

Potentially avoidable age-standardised death rates in Australia fell by 42% between 2000 and 2020

97% of people used at least one health service in scope in their final year

Average health service costs in the last year of life increased with age until, at age 70, they began to fall

11% of people who died aged under 65 from coronary heart disease did not use a health service in their final year

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