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Progress! Canberrans Living longer!

By 15 December 2010 6

ACT life expectancy

The Measuring Our Progress website is reporting a big green up arrow for life expectancy in the ACT:

the decade to 2009 the life expectancy at birth of both males and females has increased.

The life expectancy at birth for males rose by 3.5 per cent (2.7 years) over the last ten years, from 77.8 years in 1999 to 80.5 years in 2009. This is above the national average life expectancy at birth of 79.3 years for males.

The life expectancy at birth for females rose by 3.1 per cent (2.5 years) over the last decade, from 81.8 years in 1999 to 84.3 years in 2009. This is above the national average life expectancy at birth of 83.9 years for females.

This increase in life expectancy at birth can be attributed, in part, to improvements in the treatment of a number of health issues including cancer and heart disease, as well as improvements in the provision of health services. There has also been an increase in the standard of living which can be attributed to increased disposable household income.

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6 Responses to Progress! Canberrans Living longer!
#1
georgesgenitals1:34 pm, 15 Dec 10

So why do men die before their wives do? I alwasy figured it was because they wanted to…

#2
troll-sniffer1:50 pm, 15 Dec 10

I breathlessly await the press release from the Chiefly’s office claiming that speed cameras are responsible…

#3
Me no fry3:13 pm, 15 Dec 10

troll-sniffer said :

I breathlessly await the press release from the Chiefly’s office claiming that speed cameras are responsible…

Well, if there’s a statistic out there that can be mangled to suggest a correlation, you probably won’t have to wait long.

#4
Mr Gillespie3:48 pm, 15 Dec 10

Living longer? Sounds more like splitting hairs to me. 2 years is f***-all difference.

#5
cleo11:31 pm, 15 Dec 10

cleo said :

Living longer? Sounds more like splitting hairs to me. 2 years is f***-all difference.

Who wants to live that long?

#6
Sleaz2749:53 am, 16 Dec 10

If longer life is attributed to more disposable income then the GST is costing you 10% of your lives. Income tax a further 20-30%. Conversely are $500,000 mortgages therefore increasing life expectancy? Or are the banks also taking 7.5% of our lives?

Obviously being able to afford something more substantial than takeaway food would increase your life expectancy but after a point how much crayfish, caviar, wagyu steak and french pastries and $1,000 bottles of wine do you need to eat/drink before it’s also bad for you? Most rather rich people I know are also rather portly which I’d suggest decreases their life expectancy…

“Who wants to live that long?” I’ll ask you if you’d like a few more years when you are on your deathbed surrounded by griefing relatives and all the regrets of a regretable life wash over in you agonising guilt that you just never quite got it right…and you beg for more time pleading with an uncaring and unknowing universe of which you will no longer be part. “The dead know one thing. It was better to be alive.” – I forget who said it, maybe Plato

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