This is the first report of a projected series regarding the comorbidity of cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Australia. Comorbidity refers to any two or more of these diseases that occur in one person at the same time. The questions to be answered in this report include:

  1. How many Australians have comorbidity of CVD, diabetes and CKD?
  2. What is the proportion of hospitalisations with these comorbidities?
  3. How much do these comorbidities contribute to deaths?
  4. What is the magnitude of comorbidity in the context of each individual disease?
  5. Are there differences in the distribution of these comorbidities among age groups and sexes?