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1. How healthy are we?

  • On an average day
  • From infancy to old age
  • We are living more years in good health
  • How do we compare?
  • Causes of death vary by age
  • What is the burden of disease?
  • How many of us have a chronic condition?
  • Fewer deaths, but coronary heart disease is still a large burden
  • Cancer survival is improving
  • Diabetes increases with age
  • Older women are more likely to have musculoskeletal conditions
  • 1 in 10 Australians have asthma
  • 1 in 10 adults have signs of chronic kidney disease
  • Over 400,000 Australians are living with dementia
  • 1 in 5 Australians report having a mental health condition
  • Falls are a leading cause of injury
  • A focus on suicide and intentional self-harm
  • How does lifestyle affect our health?
  • Tobacco smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Illicit use of drugs
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Insufficient physical activity
  • Diet
  • The world around us: how the environment affects our health

2. Australia’s health system

  • On an average day in our health system
  • Australia’s health system
  • How much money is spent on health?
  • Australia’s spending on health is 8th highest in the OECD
  • More than 2 in 5 Australians have private hospital cover
  • Who works in health care?
  • What happens in hospitals?
  • Most of us visited the GP in the last year
  • Australians access a range of allied health services through Medicare
  • About half of us received dental care during the last year
  • Preventing the spread of infectious disease
  • More people are receiving alcohol and drug treatment
  • What help is available to people with a mental health condition?
  • Demand for palliative care continues to grow

3. All is not equal

  • Health in rural and remote Australia
  • Burden of disease and death rates for lower socioeconomic areas
  • 4 in 10 people with disability say their health is fair or poor
  • People who experience homelessness are among our most disadvantaged
  • Understanding the impact of family, domestic and sexual violence on a person’s health
  • Indigenous Australians
  • A focus on Indigenous health risk factors
  • Health care for Indigenous Australians