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Wellbeing Index

Partnering with Deakin University, Australian Unity has been measuring the general wellbeing of Australians since 2001.

The latest study conducted reports that retirees have a much higher sense of personal wellbeing compared to the general population, returning an average survey score of 80 points, significantly higher than non-retirees at 76 points.

Returning higher levels of satisfaction across six out of the seven domains of wellbeing, the only area where retirees returned a lower score to the general population was in the area of ‘health’.

“It would seem that retirees’ wellbeing is closely connected to their relationships and interactions with others,” the report’s author Associate Professor Delyse Hutchinson from the Deakin University School of Psychology said.

“This positive connection with others would tend to offset their lower satisfaction with ‘health’, which declines as age-related ailments set in.”   

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The Wellbeing Index

Australian Unity, in partnership with the Australian Centre on Quality of Life at Deakin University, regularly measures how satisfied Australians are with their own lives and with life in Australia.

Using the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, it investigates satisfaction with economic, environmental and social conditions in Australia, and gives insights into our individual wellbeing.

The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index is a comprehensive measure of personal and national wellbeing. Unlike traditional indicators of quality of life such as Gross Domestic Product, the index measures how Australians feel about personal issues such as their relationships or national issues such as satisfaction with government.

Since its launch in April 2001, the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index has established itself as the leading and most comprehensive measure of wellbeing in Australia.