Australian males experience different health outcomes to females. They experience more of their total disease burden from dying prematurely than from living with disease and injury. Leading causes of disease burden include heart disease, dementia and mental health and substance use disorders. Males are also more likely to engage in risky health behaviours such as tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse. They are also less likely to seek health care services.
To learn more about the health outcomes of females, see The health of Australia’s females.
- Cat. no: PHE 239
40% of disease burden among males could have been prevented by avoiding or reducing exposure to certain risk factors
49% of Australian males have 1 or more of 10 selected chronic conditions, in 2020–21
43% of Australian males experienced a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime
79% of Australian males aged 15+ visited a GP in the last 12 months in 2021–22