Staying healthy and ageing well


In summary

  • The life expectancy of a male baby born in South Australia is 80.4 years.
  • The life expectancy of a female baby born in South Australia is 84.5 years.
  • Aboriginal life expectancy data is unavailable for South Australia specifically, but nationally stands at 71.6 years for Aboriginal males at birth and 75.6 years for Aboriginal females at birth.
  • The vast majority (74.0%) of South Australians self-report that their general health status is good, very good, or excellent.
  • Less than half (43.0%) of South Australians are eating the recommended two or more serves of fruit per day.
  • Less than one in ten (8.1%) South Australians report eating the recommended* number of serves of vegetables per day (*for most people, this is five serves per day).
  • Around two-thirds (66.0%) of South Australians (N.B. this measure is for persons aged 18-64 years) undertake 150 minutes or more of walking, moderate or vigorous physical activity per week.
  • Around a quarter (22.9%) of South Australians have a disability – defined in this context as a limitation, restriction or impairment, which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months and restricts everyday activities.
  • A smaller percentage, around one in 17 (6.0%), are in need of assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability.
  • Approximately three-quarters (71.8%) of South Australians are living with two or more of the following risk factors: (i) current high blood pressure; (ii) current high cholesterol; (iii) undertakes less than 150 minutes per week of walking, moderate or vigorous physical activity; (iv) overweight or obese; (v) current smoker; (vi) long-term alcohol risk; and/or (vii) insufficient consumption of fruit or vegetables.
  • Around one in five (21.2%) of South Australians drink at levels on a single occasion that puts them at risk of an alcohol-related injury arising from that particular event.
  • About one in seven (14.0%) South Australians are consuming alcohol at levels that puts them at lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.
  • Approximately two-thirds (66.7%) of South Australians have a Body Mass Index which the World Health Organisation defines as overweight or obese.
  • Over a quarter (28.8%) of South Australians have high blood pressure and/or are on medication for high blood pressure.
  • About one in four (24.8%) South Australians have high cholesterol and/or are on medication for high cholesterol. The trend has been increasing in metropolitan Adelaide over the last five years.
  • One in eight (12.0%) South Australians are current smokers.
  • Approximately one in five (19.0%) South Australians have recently experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress.
  • Roughly one in ten (10.8%) South Australians have ever been told by a doctor that they have (or had) cancer.
  • Under one in six (15.7%) South Australians aged 14 years and older reported using drugs illicitly, including the use of pharmaceuticals for non-medical purposes, in the previous 12 months.