As Australians are living longer, it is important to understand whether people are spending more years in good health or more years living with illness. The measure of health-adjusted life expectancy (HALE) can be used to understand this.
HALE extends the concept of life expectancy by considering the time spent living with disease and injury. It reflects the length of time an individual at a specific age can, on average, expect to live in full health; that is, time lived without the health consequences of disease or injury.
This report presents estimates of HALE for the Australian population in 2011 and 2003. Estimates are also presented by state/territory, remoteness and socioeconomic group for 2011.
Overall, this report finds that Australians are living longer and with more years in good health. However, some of the additional years lived are spent living with disease and injury, and this varies across demographic groups.