What Does It Mean For The Health Of A Nation?

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Australians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, but does this mean we are healthy? What does it mean to measure the health of a nation? And can we say, with such a diverse population, that we are doing better or worse across the board?
Death rates continue to drop in Australia, and not only are people living longer, but they are living with more years free of disability.
We have access to increasingly innovative and sophisticated health care, including improved detection, diagnosis and treatments that were not available to past generations.
What is also clear is that not all Australians are as healthy as they could be. While we 're doing better on many fronts, inequalities in health continue to exist for many population groups, including Indigenous Australians where the health gap is narrowing. However, big disparities, for instance in life expectancy, continue to exist.
Certain population groups, for example people living in lower socioeconomic areas, experience increased health risk factors compared with other Australians.
Mental Illness in Australia
Some facts and statistics surrounding Mental Health/Mental Illness in Australia:
• One out of every five Australians [about 20%] will experience some form of mental illness each year. Three out of every ten [about 30%] will be seriously affected.
• Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental disorders experienced by Australians. Depression alone is predicted to be one of the world 's largest…

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