The first quarterly Medibank Better Health Index – launched in partnership with Roy Morgan Research – reveals the state of Australia's health.
What we found
Our data shows we’re heavier of body and mind than ever before, with our mental health and weight worsening since 2007. Despite these problem areas, our overall health has improved, with fitness recording the most significant improvement of all major health areas. We’re also eating better, experiencing fewer medical issues, and smoking and drinking less.
Both mental health and Body Mass Index (BMI) have worsened since 2007-081, according to the inaugural Medibank Better Health Index2.
On the upside, Australia’s overall health has improved over the last eight years, with fitness recording the most significant increase across all major health areas. Additionally, the Medibank Better Health Index found that as a nation, we’re eating better, experiencing fewer medical issues, and smoking and drinking less.
The Medibank Better Health Index is centered on seven health indicators: Nutrition, Fitness, BMI, Medical Health, Mental Health, Smoking and Alcohol. Combined, these make up an overall Health Index Score, which when compared year-on-year, reveals whether Australia’s health is improving or worsening over time. The Health Index Score started from a base of 100 in 2007, and has since increased as our nation’s overall health has improved.
The latest Medibank Better Health Index shows:
Note, Indicator scores are calculated based on multiple questions relevant to each health area. If an Indicator score has increased over time, health has improved in this area. If it has decreased, health has worsened. E.g. the Indicator score for ‘Smoking’ has increased by 2.05% since 2007-08, meaning we’re smoking less.