Australian suburbs with highest and lowest life expectancy revealed
Where you live in Australia can influence your life expectancy, a new study has revealed.
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
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
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
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