Health and wellbeing profile

The Stonnington Health and Wellbeing Plan reflects a strong understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of the community and the challenges we are facing.

Our day-to-day health and lifestyle

Health status and conditions

  • In 2018, 10.1% of residents rate their health as excellent or very good.
  • In 2017, 52.2% of residents reported their health as fair or poor.
  • In 2018, 8.4% reported high or very high psychological distress.
  • 15.7% of adults sought help for a mental health problem. More females (18.9%), sought help than males (11.6%).

Diagnosed anxiety or depression:

  • In 2017, 46% of adults rated their dental health as excellent or very good.
  • 20% rated their dental health as poor.

In 2018, almost a quarter of residents (23.3%) had high blood pressure.

The cancer incidence rate per 1000 population is 5.2. The incidence rate is higher for males (5.8) than females (4.6).

  • For every 100 people in Stonnington, 11.6 people live with arthritis, 8.7 have asthma and 3.8 have cardiovascular disease. Stonnington has 3,902 people living with osteoporosis.
  • Notifications for chlamydia per 100,000 population were 725.8, more than double the notifications for Victoria at 345.1.
  • In 2020, Stonnington had the most cases of HIV in metropolitan Melbourne.
  • Stonnington has a significantly higher rate of Gonococcal infection than the state average. It is most common in males aged 25 to 29 years.
  • In 2018, bowel cancer screening participation was 35.1%, which is lower than the Victorian measure of 37.6%.

Vaccine preventable diseases Stonnington continues have a higher rate of preventable diseases in comparison to Victoria.


Healthy weight

  • In 2018, 9.8% of residents were obese, significantly less than the Victorian measure of 18.8%. More males (11.2%) were obese than females (8.8%).
  • In 2018, almost a third of residents (31%) were pre-obese, the same as the state average. 42.6% of males in Stonnington were pre-obese, higher than the Victorian average for men of 38.4%. 21% of females in Stonnington were pre-obese, slightly lower than the Victorian average for women of 24.3%.

Eat for health

In 2018:

  • 44.9% of adults did not meet dietary guidelines for either fruit or vegetable consumption.
  • 47.7% males / 44.3% females 12.5% of females and 5.1% of males meet the recommended daily vegetable intake.
  • 44.1% of females 47.1% of males meet the recommended daily fruit intake.
  • 5.2% of adults report consuming sugar/sweetened soft drinks daily.
  • Most adolescents (12–18 years) do not meet recommended guidelines for weight, diet, exercise, and
  • screen time.
  • Parents are giving their children too many treat foods, with 41% of pre-schoolers receiving treat foods most days of the week.
  • Two thirds of parents (67%) find it hard to know how much added sugar is in the food products they buy for their children.
  • A third of children aged 6–13 years (35%) regularly consume sugar sweetened drinks, with over a quarter of parents (26%) mistakenly believing fruit drinks may be a healthier choice than water.
  • 41% of preschoolers (aged 3–6 years) are having treat foods most days of the week.
  • 95% of school aged children (6–13 years) don’t eat the recommended daily serves of vegetables.
  • Children fully vaccinated at ages 2 and 5 remains lower than the Victorian average.

Active living

  • 48.9% of adults do not meet physical activity guidelines. More females (51.9%) than males (46.4%) do not meet physical activity guidelines.
  • 13.7% participate in organised sport
  • Stonnington residents are more likely to walk, jog or run than do organised sports or activities.
  • 51.5% of residents undertake low, very low or no physical exercise.
  • 30.1% of adults sit for 7 hours or more on an average weekday.


Children and young people

  • 1 in 4 young Victorians (aged 12–25) experience mental illness in any given year.
  • 1 in 4 (25%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 years in Australia were overweight or obese. Children and adolescents with obesity are 5 times more likely to be obese as adults.
  • 76.1% of children aged four are enrolled in a preschool program in Stonnington. This is significantly lower than the metro Melbourne and state averages, which sit at around 84%.

Stonnington has a higher proportion of children who are bullied in Year 5 & 6, and a significantly lower proportion of children bullied in years 7 to 9 when compared to the state average and the surrounding areas.

  • In 2017, Aboriginal students had a lower passed subject percentage in vocational education and training subjects in Stonnington (62.2%) in comparison to Greater Melbourne (70.4%) and Victoria (70.8%).


Sexual and reproductive health

  • 81% of heterosexual women use contraception.
  • Women are more likely to use oral contraception than condoms.
  • In 2018, 66.5% of eligible women (aged 20–69 years) had a Cervical screen, which is higher than the Victorian measure of 61.5%.
  • In 2018, 46.4% of eligible women had a breast cancer screen, which is lower than the Victoria measure of 52%.
  • Over a ten-year period, herpes virus (Varicella zoster) infections (unspecified) have more than doubled.



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This data has been recently complied and analysed for our 2021-2025 Health and Wellbeing Plan. 

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