Australian suburbs with highest and lowest life expectancy revealed

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Where you live in Australia can influence your life expectancy, a new study has revealed.

Research by Torrens University showed the suburbs and neighbourhoods where Australians have the longest and shortest life spans.

A suburb in Melbourne’s south-east, Ashburton, and the areas of Unley and Parkside, south of Adelaide’s CBD, took out joint first place for the highest median age at death in Australia, both sitting at 89 years.

The lowest median age at death among cities and their suburbs was Melbourne’s CBD at 59 years, followed by the Forrestdale, Harrisdale, Piara Waters areas in Perth at 62 years.

The overall lowest median age at death nationwide was found in regional areas: Newman in Western Australia, the APY Lands in South Australia and remote Northern Territory communities.

The suburb comparisons revealed there were “significant disparities” in neighbourhoods, despite some being a similar distance from the CBD.

Professor John Glover, from the Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) at Torrens University, said various factors influenced residents’ lifespan.

“Variations in the median age at death between suburbs are impacted by many factors including socioeconomic disadvantage, as influenced by unemployment, education, housing and income,” he said.

“Events like road traffic accidents among young people lower the median age, and the location of residential aged care facilities raise the median age.”

However, socioeconomic disadvantage was a “strong influence” in life expectancy, Professor Glover said.

“Socioeconomic disadvantage is clearly evident in the pattern of potential years of life lost across our capital cities,” he said.

“Regardless of variations between areas, I expect the data will place those areas with lower lifespans under the spotlight, and hope that social and health policymakers, agencies and providers will be informed by these data, investigate the causes and further consider the needs of people in these areas.”

Ashburton resident Judith Cameron told 9News she was surprised her suburb came out in first place.

“I wouldn’t have thought,” she said.

“I thought there would have been other suburbs that would have been better than Ashburton.”

Highest median age at death – Australian capital city

Ashburton (VIC) – 89 years

Unley/Parkside (SA) – 89 years

Castle Hill/Cherrybrook/Glenhaven (NSW) – 88 years

Lowest median age at death – Australian capital city

Forrestdale/Harrisdale/Piara Waters (WA) – 62 years

Driver/Gray/Moulden/Woodroffe (NT) – 62 years

Highest median age at death – regional Australia

Yackandandah (NSW) – 86.5 years

Grovedale (VIC), Mayfield/Warabrook/ Waratah/North Lambton (NSW), Clear Island Waters/Merrimac (QLD), Nuriootpa/Tanunda (SA) – 86 years

Lowest median age at death – regional Australia

APY Lands (SA) – 53 years

Alice Springs – Remote (NT) – 54 years

Melbourne CBD has the lowest median age of death. (Getty)

Highest median age capital city breakdown

Brighton/Brighton East – 88 years

Camberwell/Surrey Hills/Canterbury – 88 years

Castle Hill/Cherrybrook/Glenhaven – 88 years

Cromer/ Narrabeen/ Collaroy – 88 years

Gordon/Killara/Pymble – 88 years

Enoggera/Keperra/Mitchelton – 86 years

Unley/Parkside – 89 years

Colonel Light Gardens/Mitcham – 87 years

Fulham/West Beach – 87 years

Manning/Waterford – 87 years

Canning (north) – 86 years

Innaloo/Doubleview/Karrinyup/Gwelup/Carine – 86 years

Mount Nelson/SandyBay/ South Hobart area – 86 years

Bellerive/Geilston Bay/Howrah/Lindisfarne – 85 years

Casuarina area – 76 years

Inner Darwin – 70 years

Nightcliff area – 70 years

Centenary and Chermside had the highest median ages in Brisbane. (Tertius Pickard)

Lowest median age capital city breakdown

Melbourne CBD – 59 years

Docklands/Southbank/West Melbourne – 66 years

Haymarket/The Rocks – 67 years

Homebush Bay/Silverwater – 68 years

Mount Druitt/North-West – 69 years

Springfield Lakes – 57 years

New Chum/Redbank Plains – 63 years

Bellbird Park/Brookwater/Springfield – 64 years

Lewiston/Two Wells – 69 years

One Tree Hill – 73 years

Sydney’s The Rocks had the lowest median age of death in the city. (Nine)

Forrestdale/Harrisdale/Piara Waters – 62 years

Seville Grove – 65 years

Bridgewater/Gagebrook – 67 years

Austins Ferry/Granton – 76 years

Driver/Gray/ Moulden/ Woodroffe – 62 years

Marrara/Berrimah – 66 years

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