Life expectancies for men and women are higher in metropolitan areas across Australia than in many rural areas, a new report has shown.
The latest research from the National Health Performance Authority shows life expectancies at birth for men and women by local area, and indicates a considerable disparity between urban and regional areas.
For example, women living in Sydney's north shore and northern beaches are likely to live 7.7 years longer than those living in central and north-west Queensland, while men living in Sydney's northern suburbs are likely to live up to 9.5 years longer than their Queensland counterparts.
The figures show how health care services can be better distributed to address inequalities in the system and ensure timely and effective treatment for all Australians.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australia has the fourth-highest life expectancy for males in the world, and the third-highest life expectancy for females – ahead of Switzerland, Sweden and Canada.
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