Citizens of New South Wales may want to think about organising private health insurance in the near future, if a new report from Roy Morgan is anything to go by.
The research firm has this month released the results of its latest Alere Wellness Index, which has evaluated the health of Australia based on criteria including medical conditions, psychological wellbeing and lifestyle factors.
According to the report, western Brisbane is the healthiest region in all of Australia, followed by Central Perth and the inner city of Melbourne.
On the other end of the rankings is Murray & Murrumbridge in NSW, which placed last in the rankings of 57 different Australian regions.
The second least healthy region in Australia was found to be Other North West in Queensland, however two other NSW regions – the North West and Newcastle – also featured in the bottom five.
Roy Morgan Research chief executive officer Michele Levine has noted that the overall results of the study are somewhat disappointing.
"Compared to 2007, the overall health of Australians is down just slightly," said Mr Levine in a statement released April 16.
"For example, 736,000 more adults are now obese. And the number of people with anxiety has grown by 1.3 million."
This data would seem to suggest that people all over Australia – not just in NSW – could likely benefit from getting private health cover, to ensure they will be able to afford any health treatment they might require in the future.
More than 50,000 Australians participated in the study, answering around 1,800 questions about their health, the type of food they purchased and consumed, and any medical conditions they might have.