Mortality in Australia: Marking the 150th Anniversary of the First Australian Life Table

Symposium

Mortality in Australia: Marking the 150th Anniversary of the First Australian Life Table

In 1867, M. B. Pell, then Professor of Mathematics at the University of Sydney, published a life table for the Colony of New South Wales based on mortality in the years, 1856-66. This was the first published life table relating to Australia. He calculated that the expectation of life in New South Wales was 45.6 years and, in his paper, showed that this was well in excess of the levels then prevailing in England, Sweden and Belgium.

In commemoration of Pell’s significant publication, the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health in association with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research is organising a symposium on past, present and future mortality in Australia. A diverse range of demographers, health economists and statisticians will reflect on long-run trends in Australian mortality, differentials and inequalities in mortality and future pathways for survival in Australia. Following the symposium, a public lecture by Prof. Alan Lopez will illustrate the important link between government policy and mortality.

Cost $200 (Early bird price up to 31 October 2017) and $250 after early bird. University of Melbourne alumni will receive a 50% discount. This event is open to the general public, and is followed by an optional public lecture at 5.30pm.

Image: courtesy of University of Sydney Archives G3 224 1398

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