The health of Australian men & women

The health of Australian men & women

Distinct health & welfare needs related to gender & biological sex

Posted on 07.01.2020

Men and women have distinct health and welfare needs and concerns related to their gender and biological sex. This is illustrated by different rates of injury, illness and mortality; different attitudes towards health and other risks; the way each group uses health services; and differences in their health outcomes and wellbeing.

Men and women have different life expectancies and rates of certain chronic diseases, and use the health care system in different ways. For example, rates of coronary heart disease are higher among men, women are more likely to die from dementia and Alzheimer disease, and women use health services more frequently.

Men and women also have different experiences of poverty, incarceration, violence, and homelessness. For example, women are more likely than men to use homelessness services and to be a victim of domestic violence. Men are more likely to be in prison and to experience physical violence than women.

Men and women also experience different health and welfare outcomes within population subgroups, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, rural and remote communities, and different socioeconomic areas.

The health of Australia’s males

The health of Australia’s males

In 2018, just under half of Australia’s population—49%, or 12.4 million people—were male. On average, Australian males experience different health outcomes to Australian females. They are more likely than females to engage in risky health behaviours and to die prematurely. They are also more likely to be homeless or in custody. Compared with females, males experienced more of their total disease burden due to dying early from disease and injury than from living with disease.

1 in 2 Australian men are sufficiently physically active

Learn More

The health of Australia’s females

The health of Australia’s females

In 2018, just over half of Australia’s population—51% or 12.6 million people—were female. On average, Australian females experience different health outcomes than Australian males. Compared with males, females have a higher life expectancy and experienced more of their total disease burden due to living with disease rather than from dying early from disease and injury. They are more likely than males to experience sexual violence and to have multiple chronic conditions.

2 in 5 Australian women aged 18 and over are sufficiently physically active

Learn More

There are important biological and behavioural differences between men and women that lead to different health and welfare outcomes throughout life. By understanding these differences targeted interventions can be applied.

Source
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

See also: Australia’s Health Tracker 2019

 

 

Share

FacebookTwitter

Have a story to tell or news to share?

Let us know by Submitting a News Story

Discover Queensland

Explore all of Queensland’s adventures.

Start Exploring

What's On

Feb

29

Enclosed Sea Guide and Instructor Assessment

A full day assessment for the Paddle Australia Enclosed Sea Guide or Instructor Award
Read more

Mar

04

Women’s Adventure Film Tour, Gold Coast

The Women's Adventure Film Tour presented by Paddy Pallin is coming to the Gold Coast to celebrate Women's Week 2020!
Read more

Mar

06

Top Rope Climbing Leader Course

Is it time to get recognised qualifications for your outdoor recreation skills?
Read more

Latest News

First ever tender for QLD ecotourism trail

Cooloola Great Walk – the first ecotourism trail ever to be delivered by the Queensland Government

Read more
Habitat Destruction Failure!

Research shows federal law failure in preventing habitat destruction

Read more
Incidents in the Outdoors: Cycling

Cycling (on-road / off-road) Incidents

Read more

Become a member

QORF welcomes applications for new Community and Green Circle Members from organisations and individuals involved in the outdoors

Learn More
Tail Lights by Georgina Pratten