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Australian health showing signs of improvement

10 October 2011 - 3:39pm

Australians are living longer lives, however many still die as a result of preventable diseases according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

New research produced as part of the ABS's Measures of Australia's Progress 2010 report show that life expectancy has increased by two to three years in the last decade - coupled with growth in average wages of $8,200.

The combination of these two results may lead many to consider the benefits of purchasing a private health insurance policy.

Greater life expectancy and increased earnings are both signs that not only is it a wise decision, but a more affordable one.

The ABS noted that the number of 'potentially avoidable' deaths is showing signs of decreasing, but there is still much room for progress.

Examples of avoidable fatalities included those that could potentially be prevented with diet and exercise, early detection or tertiary measures such as effective surgery.

Such deaths included those resulting from heart disease, lung cancer and diabetes.
Mortality rates for Ischaemic heart disease dropped from 19 per cent in 2003 to 16 per cent in 2008.

Australians should aim to be more proactive when it comes to health management strategies in order to further the downward trend in preventable death rates.