We want to help create a healthier Australia. So we’ve teamed up with Roy Morgan Research to bring you the Medibank Better Health Index – Australia’s most comprehensive quarterly health survey.

Chatting to approximately 1,000 Australians each week, we’re learning hundreds of details about their health – from the food they eat, to the exercise they do, and the bad habits that might be pulling them back.

The Medibank Better Health Index will give you valuable news and insights into our national health, how it’s changing, and what it means for you.

How it works

The Medibank Better Health Index is centred on seven health areas: nutrition, fitness, BMI, medical health, mental health, smoking and alcohol. When combined, these make up an overall Health Index Score.

The Health Index Score lets us see how Australia’s health is shifting over time. In December 2007, the score was sitting at a base of 100. Since then, we’ve measured whether our national health has improved or declined year-on-year, by observing changes across the seven health areas. For example, if nutrition increases, this brings the Health Index Score up. If mental health decreases, this brings the Health Index Score down. Higher score = better health.

Watch an overview of the Medibank Better Health Index below.

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