Burden of disease

Burden of disease analysis assesses the health impact on a population of different diseases, conditions, injuries and risk factors. The Australian Burden of Disease Study 2015 used information from a range of sources to quantify the fatal and non-fatal effects of these diseases.

Kidney and urinary diseases accounted for 1.4% of Australia’s total burden of disease in 2015. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) represented the majority of burden from this disease group comprising 1.2% of total burden in 2015 (increasing from 0.8% in 2003 and 0.9% in 2011). Of the total CKD burden, 77% was due to fatal burden and 23% to non-fatal burden (AIHW 2019).


AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2019. Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2015. Australian Burden of Disease series no. 19. Cat. no. BOD 22. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 June 2019.