Poor health is a major impediment to social and economic inclusion, and Tasmanians on the whole experience poorer health outcomes than Australians living in other states. Furthermore, there is much evidence that our access to appropriate housing (or lack of it), our educational attainment, the transport we can or can’t access, the jobs we have or don’t have, the communities and built environment we live in, and the social support around us have as much impact on our health and well-being as our genes. TasCOSS advocates for better health outcomes for all Tasmanians primarily through a focus on these and other social determinants of health—the conditions of daily life that affect, and can determine, an individual’s health status.

Facts and figures

• Tasmanians have the highest blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the country.
• Almost one in four (23%) Tasmanians suffer from long-term cardiovascular disease: 35% higher than the national average and the highest prevalence of CVD across all states and territories.
• While the number of daily smokers in Australia has dropped 6% to 16.6% over the last decade, Tasmanian smoking rates have remained steady at at 21.8%. Twenty-three percent of Tasmanian mothers smoked during pregnancy in 2010, compared to 13.5% Australia-wide.


For more information about this policy area, contact Kath McLean on (03) 6231 0755 or