Report says Aussies can expect to live longer
AUSTRALIANS can now expect to live longer lives with more years free of disability.
Whether Australians have more years living free of disability as the overall life expectancy lengthens has important implications for population health and wellbeing,' according to report author, Xing-yan Wen, of the Disability and Ageing Unit at the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (AIHW).
Between 1998 and 2012, male life expectancy at birth rose from 75.9 years to 79.9 years - a gain of four extra years.
For females it rose from 81.5 years to 84.3 years - an extra 2.8 years.
For males, disability-free life expectancy at birth rose by 4.4 years, while for females it rose by 2.4 years.
'The gains in the number of expected years living free of disability were related to a combination of increasing longevity and decreases in disability prevalence rates,' said Dr Wen.
Boys born in 2012 could expect to live to the age of 62.4 without disability. and a further 17.5 years with some form of disability, while girls born in 2012 could expect to live to the age of 64.5 without disability and a further 19.8 years with some form of disability.
Between 1998 and 2012, the gap between males and females for years free of disability approximately halved, from 4.1 years to 2.1 years.