More than three million Australians will be dead by the end of 2020.
The average age of the population will be 51.8 years, with a significant drop in the middle-aged group of 50 years.
What can be done to reverse the ageing trends?
Ageing is a major contributor to the morbidity and mortality of the Australian population.
The death rate in Australia is currently among the highest in the developed world.
The causes of death for Australians age 65 and over are more common than any other age group, and include heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, cancer-related chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dementia and chronic obstructor disease (COVID).
The causes and treatments for all of these conditions are complex and often beyond the reach of medical care.
It is estimated that about 30% of Australians will die before their 60th birthday.
Many people are unaware of the challenges of aging.
It’s difficult to explain the effects of aging, particularly on health, on people’s wellbeing and the health of our communities.
A lack of knowledge about the risks of ageing has led to an underresearched and underfunded approach to improving the health and well-being of Australians.
The Australian Ageing Research and Education Network is a national organisation that works with public health authorities, researchers and health care practitioners to support a range of approaches to addressing age-related health problems.
This includes public health initiatives, health-care and policy-making.
AERN is the national network that provides the funding and support to support research, public health and other activities.
This work includes: Research and education on the causes of ageing; research into the effects ageing has on individuals, the community and society; research to improve health care delivery, particularly in vulnerable populations; research and education about health and wellbeing, including dementia and cancer; and research and support for the development of evidence-based policy and services to help Australians live longer, healthier lives.
The AERNE network includes the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the Australian Government’s Department of Health (DH), and the Australian Age-Careers Association (ACA).
For more information on AERNs research, education, policy and service, please visit the AER Network website.
The ABC’s Senior Policy Analyst, Professor Michael Coyle, discusses what Australians can do to reverse age-linked disease and death trends with Dr Mark Pendergast.
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