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HealthStats NSW

Life expectancy

Females, at 65 years, Far West
86.4Females, at birth, Far West
83.4Females, at 65 years, Western NSW
86.5Females, at birth, Western NSW
83.1Females, at 65 years, Murrumbidgee
87.8Females, at birth, Murrumbidgee
85Females, at 65 years, Southern NSW
87Females, at birth, Southern NSW
84.5Females, at 65 years, Mid North Coast
87.9Females, at birth, Mid North Coast
85.4Females, at 65 years, Northern NSW
87.7Females, at birth, Northern NSW
84.8Females, at 65 years, Hunter New England
86.9Females, at birth, Hunter New England
84Females, at 65 years, Central Coast
87.3Females, at birth, Central Coast
84.6Females, at 65 years, Northern Sydney
89.4Females, at birth, Northern Sydney
87.8Females, at 65 years, Nepean Blue Mountains
86.9Females, at birth, Nepean Blue Mountains
84.5Females, at 65 years, Western Sydney
87.8Females, at birth, Western Sydney
85.6Females, at 65 years, Illawarra Shoalhaven
87.4Females, at birth, Illawarra Shoalhaven
85.1Females, at 65 years, South Eastern Sydney
89.2Females, at birth, South Eastern Sydney
87.2Females, at 65 years, South Western Sydney
87.6Females, at birth, South Western Sydney
85.3Females, at 65 years, Sydney
89.9Females, at birth, Sydney
87.7Males, at birth, Far West
75.9Males, at 65 years, Far West
84.1Males, at birth, Western NSW
78.8Males, at 65 years, Western NSW
83.7Males, at birth, Murrumbidgee
79.4Males, at 65 years, Murrumbidgee
84.3Males, at birth, Southern NSW
79.2Males, at 65 years, Southern NSW
84.2Males, at birth, Mid North Coast
80.4Males, at 65 years, Mid North Coast
85.4Males, at birth, Northern NSW
79.6Males, at 65 years, Northern NSW
85Males, at birth, Hunter New England
79.3Males, at 65 years, Hunter New England
84.2Males, at birth, Central Coast
79.5Males, at 65 years, Central Coast
84.2Males, at birth, Northern Sydney
84.7Males, at 65 years, Northern Sydney
87Males, at birth, Nepean Blue Mountains
79.6Males, at 65 years, Nepean Blue Mountains
83.8Males, at birth, Western Sydney
82Males, at 65 years, Western Sydney
85.2Males, at birth, Illawarra Shoalhaven
80.4Males, at 65 years, Illawarra Shoalhaven
84.7Males, at birth, South Eastern Sydney
82.9Males, at 65 years, South Eastern Sydney
86.3Males, at birth, South Western Sydney
81.1Males, at 65 years, South Western Sydney
84.9Males, at birth, Sydney
82.6Males, at 65 years, Sydney
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    Mortality estimates for years up to 2005 are based on Australian Bureau of Statistics death registration data. Data from 2006 onwards were provided by the Australian Coordinating Registry, Cause of Death Unit Record File; the data for the most 2 recent years are preliminary (SAPHaRI, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health)

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    Life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average length of time (in years) that a person can expect to live, assuming that the current rates of death for each age group will remain the same for the lifespan of that person. Life expectancy at 65 years of age is an estimate of the average age at death for someone who turns 65 years old in a given year, assuming that death rates prevailing in that year continue unchanged.

    Life expectancy was calculated using a modified method from Chiang and variation from Silcocks. Numbers for the latest year of data include an estimate of the small numbers of deaths that were registered in the subsequent year, data for which were unavailable at the time of production.

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    • Codes: Death from all causes

      The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems

      National Centre for Classification in Health, Australia; CM - Clinical Modification; AM - Australian Modification

      DescriptionICD-9 & ICD-9-CMICD-10 & ICD-10-AMComments
      Death from all causes 001 - V82.9 A00 - Z99.9 All records are included, NSW residents only, all ages.

       

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    • Key points: Life expectancy

      • Life expectancy in NSW continues to increase. In 2017:

      • newborn males could expect to live for 81.5 years, while newborn females could expect to live for 85.7 years

      • although females can still expect to live longer than males, the gap between the sexes is narrowing. Life expectancy has increased by about 10 years for females since 1974, whereas there has been a 10 year increase for males since 1982. 

    • Introduction: Life expectancy

      Definitions

      Life expectancy at birth

      Life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average length of time (in years) that a person can expect to live, assuming that the current rates of death for each age group will remain the same for the lifespan of that person. Life expectancy at birth is influenced by many factors including socioeconomic status, genetic factors, biomedical risk factors, the quality of the health system, including preventive health, and the ability of people to access health care.

      Death rates will almost certainly change over the lifetime of a person born now, due to changes in social and economic conditions, changes in lifestyle, advances in health care, and possibly the emergence of new diseases. However, because no-one knows what the death rates for each age group and sex will be in the future, the usual practice is to use the current rates of death to calculate life expectancy (AIHW 2010).

      Life expectancy at 65 years

      Life expectancy at 65 years of age is an estimate of the average age at death for someone who turns 65 years old in a given year, assuming that death rates prevailing in that year continue unchanged. Death rates do generally change but this assumption is more reasonable for a 65 year-old than for someone just born, because the maximum additional life span for someone aged 65 is much shorter.

      Life expectancy at age 65 years is influenced by lifestyle and nutritional and environmental factors, as well as access to and the quality of contemporary health services.

      At older ages women can still expect to live longer than men of the same age, but the difference is smaller than the difference in life expectancy at birth between the sexes. This reflects the fact that males are at greater risk than women of dying before they reach advanced age, primarily from injury, suicide and cardiovascular disease.

      Life expectancy in NSW and Australia

      The Australian population has one of the highest life expectancies in the world. Life expectancy for males and females in NSW is usually very close to the figure for Australia as a whole. Refer to the Methods tab for more information on differences between sources and methods of calculating life expectancy.

      Life expectancy differentials among NSW population subgroups

      In NSW life expectancy varies among different population subgroups. There is a gradient of decreasing life expectancy with increasing socioeconomic disadvantage and increasing remoteness from service centres across NSW. There is also locational variation (based on where people usually reside) in life expectancy by Local Health District and Primary Health Network. Aboriginal people in NSW have a much shorter life expectancy (almost 10 years lower) than non-Aboriginal people.

      References

      Australian Bureau of Statistics. Life tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. 3302.0.55.003. Canberra: ABS. Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3302.0.55.0032010-2012?OpenDocument

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Life expectancy and deaths. AIHW. Available at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-conditions-disability-deaths/life-expectancy-deaths/overview

      Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Health at a glance. Statistics. OECD. Available at: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/social-issues-migration-health/health-at-a-glance_19991312

    • Interventions: Life expectancy

      Longer life expectancy mainly results from reduced deaths in infancy, better treatment for common diseases which extend lives and a healthier older population. Health strategies in all of these areas are necessary to improve life expectancy in all age cohorts in a population, throughout the socioeconomic strata and in Indigenous and ethnic groups.

    • For more information: Life expectancy

      Useful websites include:

      Australian Bureau of Statistics at http://www.abs.gov.au

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare at http://www.aihw.gov.au

      healthdirect at http://www.healthdirect.gov.au

      World Health Organization at http://www.who.int/en/

      Australian Bureau of Statistics. Life tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. 3302.0.55.003. Canberra: ABS. Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3302.0.55.0032010-2012?OpenDocument

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Life expectancy and deaths. AIHW. Available at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-conditions-disability-deaths/life-expectancy-deaths/overview

      Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Health at a glance. Statistics. OECD. Available at: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/social-issues-migration-health/health-at-a-glance_19991312

Last Updated At: Wednesday, 7 August 2019