Young Australian males are twice as likely to die under all circumstances compared to young females, a new study reveals.
Researchers at Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found that the overall death rate among males under 24 years of age was 52 deaths per 100,000 compared to 30 deaths per 100,000 among females.
The life expectancy of baby boys born in 2009-2011 is 79.7 years compared to 84.2 years for girls born during the same period.
The researchers also found that men of 18 years of age were three-and-a-half times more likely to die compared to females of the same age while men belonging to the age group 15 to 24 years were 2.4 times more likely to die compared to females from the same age group. "Males aged 0 to 24 were also more likely to be hospitalized for injury and more likely to die from injury than females of the same age", AIHW spokesperson Justin Harvey said.