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12 December 2018

Australia's health 2018

This is the AIHW’s 16th biennial report on the health of Australians. It finds that around 45% of Australians aged 16-85 years will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. While more than 4 in 5 Australians aged 15 and over rated their health positively, 63% of those aged 18 and over are overweight or obese. While Australia matches or performs better than many other comparable countries on selected measures of health, Australia is ranked in the worst third of OECD countries for obesity among people aged 15 and over, and our alcohol consumption is slightly above the OECD average.