Australia’s Health Status

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report1

“Australia’s Health 2020” summarises the current health status of various populations, the impact on our health care system, and helps to focus our efforts on improving each Australian’s overall health and longevity.

To read the full report titled ‘Australia’s health 2020: data insights’ The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) press HERE.

Key Findings

We are living longer! The average life expectancy for men is 80.7 years, and 84.9 years for women. That’s the 9th and 7th highest life expectancy in the world for men and women respectively.

The leading cause of death varies with age. In people <44yoa injuries are the leading cause, whilst in >45yoa cardiovascular disease and cancer are the leading cause.

The main burden of disease (cause of premature ill health) also varies with age.

This information is reflected in the AIHW report1 infographic below.

So why does my Chiropractor care?

You may notice that injuries (green), musculoskeletal conditions (yellow), cardiovascular disease (CVD) (orange)  and mood disorders (purple) are a main theme of ill health in Australian adults, and asthma (blue) and birth trauma (pink) are a main theme in children; Chiropractic care can address the severity of symptoms across all domains and impact on overall health and quality of life across all ages and life stages.

Healthy Kids
We tend to forget that even an ‘easy’ birthing process is a huge physical trauma for a newborn. However, unlike the mother, a baby can’t express what is sore or wrong! Much like an adult can benefit from Chiropractic care for issues associated with joint restrictions/spinal subluxations, so can a newborn.

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In older children, Asthma is the largest burden of health. Whilst Chiropractic care can’t cure or treat Asthma per se, by treating spinal and ribcage subluxations, muscular imbalances, and adding breathing pattern rehab; Chiropractic care may help to improve an asthmatic child’s quality of life.

Your chiropractor works primarily in assessing and reducing the severity of symptoms sustained from acute injuries. From rolled ankles, sprained wrists, or knee or shoulder pain; to whiplash and concussion; your chiropractor will address the joint, nerve, and muscle function of the region and focus on returning you back to optimal health as soon as practicable.

Musculoskeletal Conditions
This is a chiropractor’s bread and butter! We routinely address issues arising from joint restrictions/spinal subluxations, and their impact on the function of the nerves and soft tissues. One key to healthy aging, and minimising the burden of disease is to maintain a healthy spine and neuromusculoskeletal system.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
At Caring Hands Chiropractic we advocate for routine physical and aerobic exercise, and optimal nutrition through a varied diet and supplements. This is because these factors play a large role in the prevention of CVD and its risk factors, including obesity and sedentary lifestyles. These factors, in combination with maintaining a healthy spine further help minimise the risk of developing CVD.

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Mood Disorders
Whilst we aren’t psychologists, Chiropractors are trained within a biopsychosocial framework of health; meaning we understand that the physical body and the emotional state of the mind are intricately linked; pain in one can influence pain in the other, and vice versa. All of our Chiropractors are substantially qualified in providing individually suited stress management strategies, with Sarah additionally trained in NET (Neuro-Emotional Technique).

Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask! The team at Caring Hands Chiropractic love what they do, and are passionate about helping others reach their wellness goals.


[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2020. Australia’s health 2020: in brief. Australia’s health series no. 17 Cat. no. AUS 232. Canberra: AIHW.  Available from