Health and Wellbeing in Australia

The section reports on your residents’ overall health, and how they feel about their current and future physical health, mental health and social wellbeing. It gives you the capability to explore how your residents’ views regarding their health compare beyond, across and within your LGA.

Australia Health and Wellbeing Index
Australia 2023
7.1
Australia: 2022
6.4
Metro Australia: 2024
7.1
Reg/Rural Australia: 2024
6.9
Collected May 2024

The Health and Wellbeing Index is creared by averaging residents self-reported ratings of their current physical health, mental health and social wellbeing. The maximum possible score on the Index is 10.
Australia residents Health and Wellbeing Index returned a value of 7.0 out of 10. This finding was higher than Australia: 2022 (6.4) and Reg/Rural Australia: 2024 (6.9) and lower than Metro Australia: 2024 (7.1).

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Physical health

Residents rated their current physical health an average of 7.0 out of 10. When asked about the future, 30% forecast that their physical health will get better in 12 months and 12% believe it will get worse.
How would you rate your physical health?
Do you think your physical health will get better, worse or stay the same over the next year?
Australia (n = 5064)
7.0
Very poor
Excellent
May 2023 (n = 6551)
7.0
Very poor
Excellent
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Significantly lower
Australia (n = 5064)
12%
58%
30%
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May 2023 (n = 6551)
13%
60%
28%
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Significantly lower

Mental health

Residents rated their current mental health an average of 7.2 out of 10. When asked about the future, 25% forecast that their mental health will get better in 12 months and 10% believe it will get worse.
How would you rate your mental health?
Do you think your mental health will get better, worse or stay the same over the next year?
Australia (n = 5064)
7.2
Very poor
Excellent
May 2023 (n = 6551)
7.3
Very poor
Excellent
Significantly higher
Significantly lower
Australia (n = 5064)
10%
65%
25%
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Stay the same
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May 2023 (n = 6551)
10%
65%
24%
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Social wellbeing

Residents rated their current social wellbeing an average of 6.9 out of 10. When asked about the future, 23% forecast that their social wellbeing will get better in 12 months and 9% believe it will get worse.
How would you rate your social wellbeing?
Do you think your social wellbeing will get better, worse or stay the same over the next year?
Australia (n = 5064)
6.9
Very poor
Excellent
May 2023 (n = 6551)
7.0
Very poor
Excellent
Significantly higher
Significantly lower
Australia (n = 5064)
9%
68%
23%
Get worse
Stay the same
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May 2023 (n = 6551)
10%
66%
24%
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Stay the same
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Significantly higher
Significantly lower