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

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posted on 2000-01-01, 00:00 authored by C Mathers, Christopher StevensonChristopher Stevenson, S Begg
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%).

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Journal

Medical journal of Australia

Volume

172

Issue

12

Pagination

592 - 596

Publisher

Australasian Medical Publishing Company

Location

Strawberry Hills, N. S. W.

ISSN

0025-729X

eISSN

1326-5377

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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