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Australia performs as well as, or better than many countries on a range of health and health care indicators. However, there are some areas where improvement can be made.
The interactive visualisation on this page compares Australia with other member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Data are for 2017 (or the nearest available year) (OECD 2019a, 2019b). The 36 OECD countries provide a useful comparison for Australia as most are considered to be developed countries with high-income economies. Some of the indicators presented here are reported nationally in the Australian Health Performance Framework.
Click through the categories at the top of the visualisation to change the set of indicators.
Figure 1 is a dashboard that demonstrates Australia’s ranking among OECD member nations, and compared to the OECD average, in selected indicators. Australia’s ranking, the OECD average, and the range of values for each indicator are provided in text.
Figure 1 data table (21,842KB XLSX)
The health status of populations can be measured in a range of ways, such as by life expectancy, and rates of death and illness.
For more information on these topics see How healthy are Australians?, Coronary heart disease and Dementia.
Determinants of health are factors that influence health status, and include health behaviours and biomedical factors.
For more information on these topics see Tobacco smoking, Alcohol risk and harm and Overweight and obesity.
A range of measures can be used to compare Australia’s health system internationally. When combined they can be used to form an impression of how Australia’s system performs relative to other countries.
For more information on these topics see Health expenditure, Health workforce, Hospital care and Cancer.
For more information on international comparisons of health data, see:
Visit International comparisons for more on this topic.
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) 2019a. OECD health statistics 2019. Paris: OECD Publishing. Viewed 25 September 2019.
OECD 2019b. Health at a Glance 2019. Paris: OECD Publishing.
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