The study was undertaken by members of the Burden of Disease and Mortality Unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The study was undertaken by Vergil Dolar, under the guidance of Karen Bishop, Melanie Dunford, Frances Gibson, Michelle Gourley and Paula Laws.

Special thanks are extended to other members of the Burden of Disease and Mortality Unit, including Julianne Garcia, Yolanda Lovie-Toon, Nick Mann and Matilda Pulford who assisted in finalising the report.

Special thanks to Richard Juckes and Vanessa Prescott for reviewing the report.

Oscar Yang provided valuable advice on statistical methods for the Study.

The authors acknowledge the Australian Bureau of Statistics for providing risk factor exposure data. 

Karen Hobson, Ingrid Mboya and Helen Tse assisted with publication and the presentation of information.

Analyses were conducted in consultation with the Burden of Disease Expert Advisory Group.

The Department of Health and Aged Care funded this Study and provided valuable input during the drafting process.