Burden of disease is a measure of the years of healthy life lost from living with, or dying from disease and injury. The interactive data visualisations display burden estimates from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2015. Estimates for specific diseases and injuries for Australia are for the years 2003, 2011 and 2015 and for state/territory, remoteness area and socioeconomic group for 2011 and 2015.

New analyses of the key drivers of change over time in overall disease burden and for the top 50 diseases and injuries have recently been added to these data visualisations (August 2020).

There is also another interactive data set to explore: risk factor burden.

  • Cat. no: BOD 24
Findings from this report:
  • Mental & substance use disorders and musculoskeletal conditions caused the most non-fatal burden in 2015.

  • Remote and very remote areas experienced total burden 1.4 times as high as Major cities in 2015.

  • The rate of total burden for all diseases decreased by 11% between 2003 and 2015.

  • The leading causes of total burden were coronary heart disease, back pain, COPD, lung cancer and dementia.