Life expectancy - In 2001, persons living in Greater Hobart had a higher life expectancy than those living in the rest of Tasmania, regardless of sex.
Cancer - For the period January 1998 to December 2000, lung and colon cancer killed more Tasmanians than any other types of cancer. In terms of diagnosed incidence, the Greater Hobart-Southern Region had a higher crude rate of prostate and breast cancer than any other Region. However, the Mersey-Lyell Region had higher crude rates of colon cancer, lymphomas, and melanoma of skin than other Regions. The highest crude rates of bladder and kidney cancer were diagnosed in the Northern Region of Tasmania.
Diabetes - As at March 2003, the Greater Hobart-Southern Region of Tasmania had more registered diabetics than other Regions. The Mersey-Lyell Region, despite having a lower population, had more registered diabetics than the Northern region of Tasmania.
Risk factors - Results from the 2001 National Health Survey revealed that persons living in Greater Hobart were, in general, less likely to engage in behaviour risky to their health. They were less likely to smoke, be overweight or obese, and more likely to exercise, compared to the rest of Tasmania. However, persons in Greater Hobart were more likely to consume risky levels of alcohol than those living elsewhere in Tasmania.