Public health and Covid-19 in Australia

Healthcare in Australia

Healthcare in Australia is one of the most effective worldwide.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment, this age in Australia is 81.2 years for men and 85.3 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 10.9 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 5,427.46 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 9.9 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,115.01 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of COVID-19 in Australia

Current incidence in the week ending 02/01/2023: 86.5 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until February 1st, 2023, a total of 11,290,997 infected people and 17,570 deaths have been reported in Australia.

The total of 11,290,997 infected people currently represents 44.28 percent of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding February 1st, 2023, was 22,051, for a 7-day incidence of 86.5 cases per 100,000 population. In the same week, 581 people died from (or with) COVID-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 0.2 percent in Australia.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 64.55 million vaccine doses have been administered as of January 4th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 22.24 million people who have received at least one vaccination (87.2 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 14.33 million people (56.2 percent).

21.66 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Australia (= 84.9 percent).
This makes Australia one of the best-supplied countries in the world. The vaccination rate is higher in 26 countries.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infections and deaths by country can be found on our COVID-19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height179 cm165 cm
Weight88.3 kg72.6 kg


AustraliaØ worldwide
Diabetes *5.60%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.00%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

AustraliaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.10%0.08%
DTP *9.50%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In Australia, 13.6 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
The number of underweight newborns is 7 percent.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in AustraliaThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Australia is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.8 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 92,200 physicians in Australia, there are about 3.59 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 9 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.


The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: Life expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 121 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
Comparison: quality of lifeQuality of life in country comparisonCompare the quality of life around the globe: In which countries is life pleasant, safe and healthy?