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Australia’s health 2018: in brief presents highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 16th biennial report on the nation’s health.
Australia’s health 2018: in brief is a companion report to Australia’s health 2018.
63% of Australians aged 18 and over are overweight or obese
More than 4 in 5 Australians aged 15 and over rated their health as ‘excellent’, ‘very good’ or ‘good’ in 2014–15
Around 45% of Australians aged 16–85 will experience a mental illness in their life
On an average day 406,000 visits are made to a general practitioner (GP)
Australia matches or performs better than many other comparable countries on selected measures of health. Compared with 35 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), we have:
However, there is also room for improvement. Australia ranked in the worst third of OECD countries for obesity among people aged 15 and over, and our alcohol consumption is slightly above the OECD average.
Find out more: Chapter 1.5 ‘International comparisons’ in Australia’s health 2018.
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