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Australians living longer than ever

15 November 2011 - 5:40pm

Life expectancy in Australia is amongst the highest in the world, according to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

ABS research shows that the latest generation can expect to live until their 80s.

The average life expectancy for males today is 79.5 years, while females exceed this by four and a half years - reaching 84.0 years of age.

In addition, those surviving to age 60 can expect to live for a further 23 to 26 years, depending on the gender.

With an increasing focus on our lifestyle and wellbeing, many are choosing a private health insurance policy to help cover the additional costs that come with living longer.

Australians do not need to wait until their senior years to make their health a priority - over ten million people currently have private cover and brokers make it possible to compare health insurance options in order to find the most appropriate plan, both now and for the future.

The ABS estimates that life expectancy has increased by 6 years for men and just less than 4 years for women since 1990.