Australian females experience different health outcomes to males. They experience more of their total disease burden from living with disease rather than from dying prematurely. Leading causes of disease burden include anxiety disorders, back pain and problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease. Females are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions. They are also more likely to experience sexual violence and intimate partner violence.
To learn more about the health outcomes of males, see The health of Australia’s males.
- Cat. no: PHE 240
34% of disease burden among females could have been prevented by avoiding or reducing exposure to certain risk factors
56% of Australian females have 1 or more of 10 selected chronic conditions, in 2020–21
21% of females reported having an anxiety disorder in the previous 12 months, in 2020–21
88% of Australian females aged 15+ visited a GP in the last 12 months in 2021–22