Every year in Australia, millions of years of healthy life are lost because of injury, illness or premature deaths in the population. This loss of healthy life is called the ‘burden of disease’. Information on the burden of disease and injuries as well as the contribution of various risk factors to burden is important for monitoring population health and for providing an evidence base to inform health policy and service planning.

  • ISBN: ISBN 978-1-76054-871-1
  • Cat. no: BOD 30
  • Pages: 8
Findings from this report:
  • 13% reduction in total burden rates between 2003 and 2018

  • Coronary heart disease, back pain, dementia, COPD, and lung cancer were the top 5 diseases causing burden in 2018

  • 38% of disease burden could have been avoided or reduced, being due to the modifiable risk factors included in the Study

  • Risk factors contributing the most burden were tobacco use and overweight (including obesity)