24 August 2012

Chief Health Officer mails in the 2012 report

| johnboy
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On the last sitting day the Health Directorate has sent in the ACT Chief Health Officer’s Report 2012.

With no data since 2010 it’s a little hard to tell where we’re at, but here are the conclusions on demography:

The ACT is expected to experience significant changes in its demographic profile between 2010 and 2056:
— The median age is expected to increase from 33.8 years in 2010 to 39.6 years in 2056. ? The proportion of persons aged 65 years and over is projected to increase from 10.4% of the population to 21.6%.
— The proportion of late school to working age population (15 to 64 years) is projected to decrease from 71.3% of the population to 61.7%.
— The proportion of children aged 14 years and under, is projected to decrease by approximately 43%; from 18.3% of the population to 16.8%.

UPDATE: 24/08/12 15:26: Chief Minister Gallagher says this shows how great everything was two years ago:

The ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA today tabled the 2012 Chief Health Officer’s report in the ACT Legislative Assembly, which shows the people of the ACT are generally very healthy.

The report provides information on the health and wellbeing of the ACT population between 2008-10.

“The information in this report is important as it helps us prepare for the health challenges of the future and gives us a snapshot of what is largely a very healthy city,” the Chief Minister said.

It shows ACT residents generally have higher education levels, employment rates and incomes than the rest of Australia, their life expectancy is high and they are less likely to be smokers than other Australians.

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