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Qld report highlights health improvements

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016

THE HEALTH OF QUEENSLANDERS REPORT 2016 AT A GLANCE

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS:

- About 70,000 extra hospital admissions per year, which far outstrips population growth and ageing factors

OBESITY:

- Obesity rates have plateaued and Tasmania has now overtaken Queensland as the fattest state in Australia

LIFE EXPECTANCY:

- Queenslanders are living about two years longer compared with a decade ago

CLOSING THE GAP:

- Indigenous life expectancy has increased by one year over the past five years, but there is still a 10-year gap compared to non-indigenous Queenslanders. Death rates for diabetes, injury and coronary heart disease in indigenous Queenslanders have also declined

SMOKING:

- Smoking rate has declined and sits at about 12 per cent of Queensland adults. It has halved since 1998.

POPULATION GROWTH:

- Queensland's population has grown by 25 per cent in the last decade and is expected to increase 50 per cent again by 2026, taking the estimated population to 5.7 million.

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