According to a new universal measure, it seems that we Australians live longer than those around the world. Oh, joy.
Terrible news for those who are over life, as it seems that we Australians live longer than our contemporaries around the world.
That’s according to a new measure called the Lagged Cohort Life Expectancy (LCLE), which takes into account the historical mortality conditions that the generations before ours had to experience in order to gain a more accurate figure. “Most measures of life expectancy are just based on mortality rates at a given time,” creator of the measure, Dr Collin Payne said, adding: “It’s basically saying if you took a hypothetical group of people and put them through the mortality rates that a country experienced in 2018, for example, they would live to an average age of 80.”
With that being said, many of we commonfolk may call bulldust, as conventional life expectancy measures would indicate that the men of Japan or Scandinavia live longest. According to Dr Payne, apparently not. He points at the beneficial life conditions here in Australia, stating that “the results have a lot to do with long term stability and the fact Australia’s had a high standard of living for a really, really long time,” points out the scientist. “Simple things like having enough to eat, and not seeing a lot of major conflict play a part.”
It’s probably worth mentioning that Dr Payne hails from our own backyard, holding office in Canberra’s ANU, so pardon me if I view this as a peer-reviewed data-based equivalent of that Aussie, Aussie, Aussie chant, or the dim musings of our PM. How good is Australia indeed.
The women of Australia also fared well in the new longevity rankings, coming in second.