Australia's health 2016

  • Web report
  • Last updated: 13 Sep 2016
  • Author: AIHW
  • Media release

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 summaries the performance of the health system against an agreed set of indicators.

  • ISSN: 1032-6138
  • ISBN: 978-1-74249-924-6
  • Cat. no: AUS 199
  • Pages: 513
Findings from this report:
  • 31% of the burden of disease in 2011 could have been prevented by reducing modifiable risk factors such as tobacco use

  • 85% of Australians aged 15 and over self-rated their health as ‘good’ or better in 2014–15

  • 60% of people have never smoked and 22% have never drunk alcohol

  • 80.3 years was the life expectancy for a boy born between 2012 and 2014, and 84.4 years for a girl


Australia's health is the AIHW's biennial health report that profiles current health issues in a collection of feature articles and statistical snapshots that cover a range of areas. These areas include:

  • The health status of Australians
  • Health expenditure
  • The major causes of ill health
  • Determinants of health
  • Health through the life course
  • Health of Indigenous Australians
  • Preventing and treating ill health
  • Health system performance

In addition to the main report, a companion 'in brief' booklet presents highlights in a compact, easy-to-use format.

Both Australia's health 2016, and Australia's health 2016—in brief are available to purchase in hard-copy, as PDF downloads free of charge, and in HTML formats.

Additional material includes educational resources, supplementary tables and feature articles and snapshots

Australia's health 2016 is the 15th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This edition combines analytical feature articles on highly topical health issues with short statistical snapshots in the following areas:

  • Understanding health and illness
  • The Australian health system
  • How healthy are we?
  • Leading types of ill health
  • Health behaviours and risks
  • Health through your life
  • Indigenous health
  • Preventing and treating ill health
  • Indicators of Australia’s health.