Australia's health 2016 is the AIHW’s 15th biennial report on the health of Australians. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots. The report also summarises the performance of the health system against an agreed set of indicators.

Findings from this report:
  • Cancer was the biggest overall killer in 2013 with 44,100 deaths, followed by cardiovascular disease (43,600)

  • Fewer people are smoking every day. In 1991, 24% of people aged 14 and over smoked compared with 13% in 2013

  • 1.1 million Australians had at least 1 of 8 selected chronic diseases in 2014–15

  • 31% of the burden of disease in 2011 could have been prevented by reducing modifiable risk factors such as tobacco use