Gender gap

The gender gap in the expected years living free from:

  • overall disability narrowed across most age groups between 2003 and 2015
  • severe or profound disability remained stable for most age groups (Figure 1).

This is likely the result of greater gains in life expectancy for men than for women over that period combined with known sex differences and changes in disability prevalence.

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Figure 1 Alternative text

Chart showing the difference in number of years that females can expect to live without disability compared with males, by disability status, in 2003 and 2015. The reader can select to display the chart by 5 year age group. The chart shows females, aged 25-29 in 2003, can expect to live without disability for 2 more years than males, compared with 1 more year in 2015.