Summary

The data reveal that in 2015–2017:

  • Nationally, the average life expectancy at birth was 82.5 years, with males at 80.5 years and females at 84.6 years.

  • The Primary Health Network (PHN) area with the highest average life expectancy for both males and females was Northern Sydney, with 84.6 years for males and 87.2 years for females.

  • The PHN area with the lowest average life expectancy for both males and females was the Northern Territory, with 75.9 years for males and 79.4 years for females.

  • Nationally, there was an average of 104 potentially avoidable deaths per 100,000 people, with a rate of 135 for males and 75 for females.

  • The PHN area with the highest rate of potentially avoidable deaths for both males and females was the Northern Territory, with 259 deaths per 100,000 males and 160 deaths per 100,000 females.

  • The PHN area with the lowest rate of potentially avoidable deaths for both males and females was Northern Sydney, with 74 deaths per 100,000 males and 44 deaths per 100,000 females.

Between the period 2009–2011 and 2015–2017:

  • The rate of potentially avoidable deaths decreased by around 10% for both males and females. 

  • The rate of potentially avoidable deaths decreased by around 11% for metropolitan PHN areas and by around 7% for regional PHN areas.