Differences and similarities between genders revealed

Source: RACGP 

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released a report dividing and comparing men’s and women’s health across Australia.

The report provided a snapshot of men’s and women’s health across the nation, along with any lifestyle and risk factors.

Here’s what you need to know.


The report was divided into distinct categories covering lifestyle, demographics, self-reported levels of health and access to healthcare.

Takeaways from the report included:

  • The ratio of the Australian population is 101.6 females for every 100 males;
  • The median age for women is 38.1 years and for men, 36.4 years;
  • By the time Australian men and women reach the age bracket of 65 years and over, women outnumber men at a ratio of 116 to every 100;
  • The number of people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are the same for women and men;
  • Both genders are equally distributed across metro and regional areas;
  • Men outnumber women in remote and very remote areas, with a ratio of 113 to every 100;
  • Women are more likely to experience poverty than men;
  • Men are more likely to experience homelessness than women and more than 10 times more likely to be incarcerated.

Lifestyle-related risks

The AIHW also compared lifestyle factors of men and women, including exercise, tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption.

Some key takeaways included:

  • One in two Australian men and women are getting enough exercise;
  • Six out of 10 Australian women and seven out of 10 men are overweight or obese;
  • Men are slightly more likely to be smokers than women;
  • More than half of men aged 18 and over exceed the risk threshold for alcohol;
  • 25 per cent of women and 32 per cent of men aged 20-29 use illicit substances.

More information on the report can be found here for men and here for women.


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