Web update: Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2014–2016 - Web update - Overview

Web update: Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2014–2016

Overview

Updated information is available for life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2014–2016 across Australia, by Primary Health Network and smaller local areas (SA3).

Life expectancy at birth is the number of years a person is expected to live at the time they are born. It is a broad measure of population health.

Potentially avoidable deaths are deaths below the age of 75 from conditions that are potentially preventable through primary or hospital care. Rates of potentially avoidable deaths per head of population can be a useful indicator of how well health systems are performing.

The data reveal that in 2014–2016:

  • Nationally, the average life expectancy at birth was 82.5 years, with males at 80.4 years and females at 84.6 years.
  • Across PHN areas, the women with the highest average life expectancy were those living in Northern Sydney, at 87.0 years. This was also the same for men, at 84.5 years.
  • Across PHN areas, the women with the lowest average life expectancy were those living in the Northern Territory, at 78.7 years. This was also the same for men, at 75.6 years.
  • Nationally, there was an average of 106 potentially avoidable deaths per 100,000 people, with a rate of 136 for males and 76 for females.
  • Across PHN areas, the highest rate of potentially avoidable deaths for men was seen in the Northern Territory (259). This was also the same for women (172).
  • Across PHN areas, the lowest rate of potentially avoidable deaths for men was seen in Northern Sydney (78). This was also the same for women (44).

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In 2014–2016, regional areas had a higher potentially avoidable deaths rate than metropolitan areas.

  • Across regional PHN areas, the age-standardised rate of potentially avoidable deaths was 130 deaths per 100,000 people.
  • Nationally, the age-standardised rate of potentially avoidable deaths was 106 deaths per 100,000 people.
  • Across metropolitan PHN areas, the age-standardised rate of potentially avoidable deaths was 95 deaths per 100,000 people.