The Australian burden of disease study : measuring the loss of health from diseases, injuries and risk factors

Mathers, Colin D., Stevenson, Chris E. and Begg, Stephen J. 2000, The Australian burden of disease study : measuring the loss of health from diseases, injuries and risk factors, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 172, no. 12, pp. 592-596.

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Title The Australian burden of disease study : measuring the loss of health from diseases, injuries and risk factors
Author(s) Mathers, Colin D.
Stevenson, Chris E.
Begg, Stephen J.
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number 172
Issue number 12
Start page 592
End page 596
Total pages 5
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N. S. W.
Publication date 2000
ISSN 0025-729X
1326-5377
Keyword(s) Australia
cost of illness
disabled persons
Summary This is an overview of the first burden of disease and injury studies carried out in Australia. Methods developed for the World Bank and World Health Organization Global Burden of Disease Study were adapted and applied to Australian population health data. Depression was found to be the top- ranking cause of non-fatal disease burden in Australia, causing 8% of the total years lost due to disability in 1996. Mental disorders overall were responsible for nearly 30% of the non-fatal disease burden. The leading causes of total disease burden (disability-adjusted life years [DALYs]) were ischaemic heart disease and stroke, together causing nearly 18% of the total disease burden. Depression was the fourth leading cause of disease burden, accounting for 3.7% of the total burden. Of the 10 major risk factors to which the disease burden can be attributed, tobacco smoking causes an estimated 10% of the total disease burden in Australia, followed by physical inactivity (7%).
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046762

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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